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Nikki Tamboli smiles for the cameras at the airport.

Nikki Tamboli denies having faced casting couch: 'Didn't take any other route'

PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2021 03:18 PM IST
  • Bigg Boss 14 finalist Nikki Tamboli was asked if she's ever faced an 'indecent proposal' in her career in the entertainment industry, and she said that she would never 'take any other route' to success.
Prachi Desai looks poses for the paparazzi.(Yogen Shah/HT)
Prachi Desai looks poses for the paparazzi.(Yogen Shah/HT)

Prachi Desai says she was replaced for refusing to do 'sexy, raunchy' scenes

PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 04:41 PM IST
  • Actor Prachi Desai has opened up about being replaced in films for refusing to do scenes that weren't palatable to her.
Prachi Desai said that she was once propositioned for a role in a film.
Prachi Desai said that she was once propositioned for a role in a film.

Prachi Desai shares casting couch experience, says it was a ‘big film’

UPDATED ON APR 18, 2021 06:58 PM IST
  • Prachi Desai said that she was asked to compromise in exchange for a role in a ‘big film’ but she said no. She added that the director got in touch with her afterwards.
Ankita Lokhande made her big screen debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi in 2019.
Ankita Lokhande made her big screen debut with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi in 2019.

Ankita Lokhande shares casting couch experiences: ‘He was a big actor’

PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 07:49 PM IST
  • Ankita Lokhande said that her first experience of the casting couch came when she was just 19 or 20 years old, and had gone to audition for a South film. The second incident took place when she was already a popular television star.
Here are top news from world of entertainment.
Here are top news from world of entertainment.

Disha Patani and Aditya Roy Kapur connect virtually, cinematographer undergoes brain surgery after suffering a fall

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 10:28 AM IST
From the Malang team including Disha Patani and Aditya Roy Kapur connected on a video call to cinematographer Nadeem Khan being hospitalised, here are top news from world of entertainment.
Ayushmann Khurrana made his film debut with 2012’s Vicky Donor.
Ayushmann Khurrana made his film debut with 2012’s Vicky Donor.

Ayushmann Khurrana recalls shocking casting couch experience: ‘I’ll give you lead role if you show me your tool’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 04:18 PM IST
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has recalled a shocking casting couch experience from his early days in the film industry.
Actor Malhaar Rathod was a victim of harassment as a young actor.
Actor Malhaar Rathod was a victim of harassment as a young actor.

How to make it in Bollywood, or die trying

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 07:19 AM IST
Actor Malhaar Rathod recalls a scarring casting couch experience when she was a teenager: "He claimed he had a part for me and then asked me to lift my top.”
Isha Koppikar has spoken about sexual harassment in the film industry.
Isha Koppikar has spoken about sexual harassment in the film industry.

Isha Koppikar on facing casting couch at age 15: ‘I never worked with that actor’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 05:12 PM IST
Actor Isha Koppikar has recounted a casting couch incident that she faced when she was just 15 or 16 years old. She said that after top secretaries touched her inappropriately, she learned self-defence.
Surveen Chawla has shared her casting couch experience in the industry.
Surveen Chawla has shared her casting couch experience in the industry.

Surveen Chawla on facing casting couch: ‘Filmmakers wanted to see my cleavage, thighs’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2019 06:30 PM IST
Surveen Chawla has said that she has faced casting couch multiple times. She went on to say that some of the filmmakers were named during India’s #MeToo movement.
Bollywood actor Vidya Balan poses during a media interaction for the film Mission Mangal.
Bollywood actor Vidya Balan poses during a media interaction for the film Mission Mangal.

Vidya Balan recounts scarring casting couch incident, says south director asked to go to her hotel room

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2019 06:12 PM IST
Actor Vidya Balan has recounted a scarring casting couch incident from her past, as well as other bad experiences in the film industry which harmed her confidence.
Richa Bhadra shot to fame as child actor Chakki in Khichdi.
Richa Bhadra shot to fame as child actor Chakki in Khichdi.

Khichadi child actor Richa Bhadra claims she quit acting due to casting couch: ‘I was asked to compromise’

Hinudustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 05:28 PM IST
Actor Richa Bhadra, better known as Chakki of Khichdi fame, has revealed being asked to compromise while appearing for auditions post marriage.
British actor Michael Caine poses on the red carpet for the world premiere of King of Thieves in central London.(AFP)
British actor Michael Caine poses on the red carpet for the world premiere of King of Thieves in central London.(AFP)

Casting couch was an open secret in Hollywood, it was almost a joke, says Michael Caine

Press Trust of India | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2018 02:01 PM IST
Michael Caine has admitted to being aware of the casting couch problem in the film industry, but has said that he was too much of a nobody to do anything about it.
Amyra Dastur has claimed to have been harassed on the film sets.(IANS)
Amyra Dastur has claimed to have been harassed on the film sets.(IANS)

Amyra Dastur claims to have faced harassment in Bollywood and south Indian cinema

Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2018 01:50 PM IST
Amyra Dastur has claimed that she has faced harassment in Bollywood as well as South but said that until she doesn’t feel safe and secure, she won’t point fingers.
Tanushree Dutta had accused an actor of misbehaving with her during the shoot of a special song in Horn OK Please in 2008. (Instagram)
Tanushree Dutta had accused an actor of misbehaving with her during the shoot of a special song in Horn OK Please in 2008. (Instagram)

Tanushree Dutta says she was sexually abused by an actor, asserts Me Too will never reach Bollywood

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2018 05:24 PM IST
Tanushree Dutta says the Me Too movement won’t happen in India unless and until what happened with her on a movie set in 2008 is acknowledged.
Aditi Rao Hydari said that she not only faced casting couch but was also unemployed when she refused the offer.(AFP)
Aditi Rao Hydari said that she not only faced casting couch but was also unemployed when she refused the offer.(AFP)

Aditi Rao Hydari says she faced Bollywood casting couch, had no work for months

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 04:29 PM IST
Aditi Rao Hydari has spoken about the culture of casting couch in Bollywood. She says it depends on the individual how they tackle it.
Swara Bhaskar poses for a photograph during a promotional event for Veere Di Wedding in Mumbai.(AFP)
Swara Bhaskar poses for a photograph during a promotional event for Veere Di Wedding in Mumbai.(AFP)

A guy tried to kiss me, said he loved me, says Swara Bhasker on casting couch

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2018 06:08 PM IST
Swara Bhasker said that a man tried to kiss her on the ear and told her he loved her during an uncomfortable work meeting.
Actor Yami Gautam feels stricter laws and their proper implementation can help make society a better place for women and children.
Actor Yami Gautam feels stricter laws and their proper implementation can help make society a better place for women and children.

Yami Gautam recalls slapping and teaching a lesson to a man who touched her

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2018 04:11 PM IST
Actor Yami Gautam is happy that public figures are openly talking about harassment and sexual abuse, as that would encourage other women to be vocal about their personal experience.
Actor Ravi Kishan was recently seen in the film Mukkabaaz.
Actor Ravi Kishan was recently seen in the film Mukkabaaz.

Ravi Kishan on casting couch: You will never get ahead in life by sleeping around

Hindustan Times | By Rishabh Suri, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2018 06:18 PM IST
Actor Ravi Kishan reveals that unsolicited sexual advances are made towards both men and women, but it is important not to give in, even at the cost of one’s career, as there’s no future in selling oneself.
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company, kicks off the Film Finance Circle conference with an informal discussion at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, October 15, 2007.(REUTERS)
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company, kicks off the Film Finance Circle conference with an informal discussion at the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, October 15, 2007.(REUTERS)

Harvey Weinstein thinks he’ll be forgiven

Reuters | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2018 04:28 PM IST
According to journalist Piers Morgan, producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment by dozens of women, believes he will eventually be forgiven.
Usha Jadhav won the National Award for Marathi film Dhag.
Usha Jadhav won the National Award for Marathi film Dhag.

Wasn’t planned as big expose, says Usha Jadhav on casting couch documentary

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2018 07:31 PM IST
Actors Radhika Apte, Usha Jadhav, among others have spoken about their experience in the industry in the documentary.
Shatrughan Sinha speaks at a function.(PTI File Photo)
Shatrughan Sinha speaks at a function.(PTI File Photo)

Sexual favours happen in entertainment, political world, says Shatrughan Sinha

Indo Asian News Service, Mumbai | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 01:29 PM IST
Shatrughan Sinha says sexual favours are demanded in and given in both the entertainment and the political world
Radhika Apte opens up on facing casting couch in Bollywood.
Radhika Apte opens up on facing casting couch in Bollywood.

Radhika Apte, Usha Jadhav reveal dark secrets of Bollywood casting couch

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2018 10:13 AM IST
Titled Bollywood’s Dark Secret, the documentary will be aired on BBC World News Saturday afternoon.
Veere Di Wedding will be released on June 1, 2018.
Veere Di Wedding will be released on June 1, 2018.

At Veere Ki Wedding trailer launch, nobody talks of casting couch

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 05:16 PM IST
The issue of casting couch has been in the news, especially after Saroj Khan’s bizarre statement during an interview.
Renuka Chowdhary urged that India should stand up and said #MeToo.(ANI Photo)
Renuka Chowdhary urged that India should stand up and said #MeToo.(ANI Photo)

Even parliament is not immune to casting couch, says Renuka Chowdhary

Asian News International, New Delhi | By Asian News International, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 04:12 PM IST
Earlier on Tuesday, Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan defended casting couch and also said that women cannot be victims if they don’t want to.
Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan has defended casting couch in the industry.(IANS)
Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan has defended casting couch in the industry.(IANS)

Saroj Khan defends casting couch, says industry doesn’t abandon women after rape

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 02:37 PM IST
Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan has defended casting couch and also said that women cannot be victims if they don't want to. She later apologised for the statement.
Sri Reddy’s Whatsapp chat leak also targeted Bharat Anen Nenu director Koratala Siva.
Sri Reddy’s Whatsapp chat leak also targeted Bharat Anen Nenu director Koratala Siva.

Bharat Ane Nenu director Koratala Siva reacts to Sri Reddy’s leaks about him

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent, Chennai
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 12:28 PM IST
Bharat Ane Nenu director Koratala Siva is shocked at allegation by Sri Reddy. Watch video.
Actor Radhika Apte made her Bollywood debut with Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005).
Actor Radhika Apte made her Bollywood debut with Vaah! Life Ho To Aisi (2005).

Radhika Apte: I will continue to stand up for what is right and needs to be highlighted

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 05:53 PM IST
According to actor Radhika Apte, if you are standing up for ‘what’s right and needs to be highlighted’, then you will get the support of others.
Jwala Gutta feels that public figures should acknowledge that sexual harassment at workplace exists.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
Jwala Gutta feels that public figures should acknowledge that sexual harassment at workplace exists.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)

Jwala Gutta: Just because you weren’t raped doesn’t mean that rapes don’t happen

Hindustan Times | By Samarth Goyal, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2018 04:02 PM IST
Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta took to Twitter to slam an Indian actor, who had said that she hasn’t faced casting couch. Jwala also stressed that powerful personalities should work towards bringing a change.
Rakul Preet Singh is currently shooting for her Bollywood movie with Ajay Devgn and a Tamil film, starring Karthi. She has two more Tamil films in the pipeline.
Rakul Preet Singh is currently shooting for her Bollywood movie with Ajay Devgn and a Tamil film, starring Karthi. She has two more Tamil films in the pipeline.

Rakul Preet, who drew flak for saying that ‘she feels safe’ in Telugu cinema, clears her stance

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2018 04:46 PM IST
Actor Rakul Preet Singh reacts to the accusations made by Telugu actors Maadhavi Latha and Sri Reddy, who recently staged a protest against sexual harassment in Tollywood by stripping.
Ram Gopal Varma calls Sri Reddy a national celebrity.
Ram Gopal Varma calls Sri Reddy a national celebrity.

We can suspend Sri Reddy for her cheap gimmicks, says MAA; RGV offers his take

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2018 07:00 PM IST
Ram Gopal Varma took to Twitter and called Telugu actor Sri Reddy a national celebrity.
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