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Ishita Raj Sharma on casting couch: If you have talent and guts, you don’t need to give in to cheap demands

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety actor Ishita Raj Sharma says that she did come across some people who tried to act oversmart, but she knew how to handle them as she was never that gullible.

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2018 18:26 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
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Actor Ishita Raj Sharma says she’s been lucky not to have encountered too many instances of casting couch.

The debate around the existence of casting couch in the film industry is far from getting over. Actor Ishita Raj Sharma, who won praise for her this year’s release, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, is the latest one to join the list of actors to share her views on casting couch.

“I did come across some people who tried to act oversmart but it was during my very initial days in the [film] industry. But as long as I knew what I had to do and where I had to be, I knew these things were irrelevant,” shares Ishita, who made her debut in Bollywood with Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011).

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The actor, however, is quick to add that “those who come to Bollywood think it’s very easy to get work by sleeping around, but they must know you never get work if you do that.”

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Ishita calls herself “somewhat lucky” to not have encountered too many instances of casting couch. “I got my debut film while I was still sitting in Delhi. So, technically, I stepped into Bollywood with a blockbuster. Hence, nobody could directly take advantage of me because I was never a random sleazy girl who anybody could take for a ride. I was never that gullible,” says Ishita, adding that, “I believe if you have the talent and guts, you don’t need to give in to such cheap demands. I was always confident about myself and the fact that I can make it on my own in the right way.”

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Ishita also feels that when any newcomer enters the film industry, they should not forget the background they are coming from. “I always remember that I’ve got a responsibility on my shoulders and that is to take care of my parents’ name. I’ve come here to make them proud. I want to be an actor through my own struggle, so I never paid heed to all these things. My focus is to give as many auditions and get good films,” she maintains.

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First Published: Jun 18, 2018 18:26 IST