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Casting couch is that dreaded term many actors in film industries across the world have had to experience and confront. While Hollywood has been vociferous in speaking out against it, thanks to the #MeToo movement, Bollywood has been surprisingly quiet. Alia Bhatt recently chose to share her thoughts on the casting couch, but we're not sure she quite understands the gravity of the problem.
"Aspiring actors should always believe in themselves. However, if at all they are confronted with this bad moment (casting couch), they need to immediately inform their parents. And thereafter go to the police," Alia told DNA.
That's all good Alia, but have you ever wondered about why people choose to keep quiet? In the real world, things don't quite work the way you think they do. The casting couch has existed for years, and we are sure a legion of actors who have gone through it must have thought of informing their parents and the cops. But they couldn't, because it isn't that easy in an oppressive, power-driven industry.
The 24-year-old actor empathises with those who've fallen victim to the casting couch. "I know and do understand that at times, many boys and girls have to go through bad situations in order to fetch some work. Everyone has to face their own struggle in order to get work in this industry. And during their struggle, some people could use the strugglers for their benefit," she was quoted as saying.
You see Alia, no one should have to face this kind of struggle to get work. The problem is not how you deal with harassment once it's done, there's a need to address it in a manner that helps nip it in the bud — in this case, before it reaches the couch.
So Alia, we are not quite raazi with your advice.