Tisca Chopra has joined the long list of actors who have come out to speak about their experience with Bollywood's notorious casting couch. The actress has revealed that she was also a victim of it, bringing the issue back into the spotlight.
In a story-telling session of Kommune India, the Taare Zameen Par actress shared her nightmarish experience with an influential Bollywood director from a time when she was a nobody in the film industry. She had made her debut but had no other offers. So when a famous director approached her she grabbed the opportunity not knowing that working with him would mean agreeing to be his "bed squeeze".
Watch the actress speaking about the incident first-hand here:
Last year, actor Ranveer Singh shared his experience with the casting couch, revealing that even men are victims of it.
While Chopra's narration of the story makes the experience seem funny, it is no laughing matter. An unethical practice, the casting couch is the unspoken dark side of Bollywood that many actors have spoken about but unfortunately have not managed to eradicate from the industry. None of the actors ever dare to name the director or producer while narrating their travails, showing that their clout protects them from disrepute.