Ileana D'Cruz on casting couch: 'It might sound cowardly, but if you speak out it will end your career'
Raid actress Ileana D'Cruz says since actors are worshiped in India, it will require a huge number of A-list stars's voices for Bollywood to support #MeToo.
Raid actress Ileana D’Cruz has spoken about the perils of actresses opening up on their casting couch experiences in a recent interview to Bombay Times.
Speaking about casting couch affecting careers, she said, “It might sound cowardly but I do agree that if you speak out about the casting couch, it will end your career. Years ago, a junior artiste down South, who was being propositioned by a big producer, sought my advice on how to deal with it. I told her that it’s something that I couldn't decide for her. It is her decision and that nobody could force it on her. Many people have done it and it’s up to her whether she wants to go ahead and do it or not.”
She added that if a top star is accused of casting couch or any form of sexual harassment at workplace, a large number of leading actresses and actors need to voice their protests. Since actors are idols of worship in India, they can be exposed only if the voices of dissent comes from within the industry.
The outspoken actress had also opened up on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder last year.
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