Unbelievable Truth of Casting Couch

Every coin has two sides and so does Bollywood. It might seem a appear as a very glamorous field, but it also holds a darker side and this dark side is made up of various stories of casting couch. Filmmakers offering jobs to actresses and actors in return for some sexual favour is not a new story in Bollywood and however sad it may sound, but the industry holds a maximum number of such narrations.


While we have heard a lot of casting couch stories in Bollywood, ‘Hate Story 2’ actress, Surveen Chawla revealed that she didn’t face any such thing in Bollywood. But, she faced the casting couch issue in South film industry. In an interview, when she was asked if she ever faced casting couch issue, she said, “Oh ya! But surprisingly not in Bollywood. It came from the South industry. I haven’t seen the bad side of Bollywood yet. 


For a very long time, ‘Fashion’ director Madhur Bhandarkar was mired in a legal case filed by an actress Preeti Jain. Reports suggest that in the year 2004, Preeti Jain filed a case against the director and claimed that Mr. Bhandarkar raped her several times on the pretext of casting her in one of his films. 


One of the leading news channels carried out a sting operation to expose the casting couch menace persisting in the Bollywood Industry and their subject was Shakti Kapoor. The news channel planted a starlet to whom Shakti Kapoor made advances by promising to give her some work and all of this was taped by the channel. In his defense, Mr. Kapoor said ‘She… sweet-talked me into meeting her. Any man would fall for this!” 


Aman Verma, who came to Bigg Boss to overcome his ugly past, rose to limelight when a recording of his, was released by a news channel. In this recording, Aman Verma can be heard conversing with a female who is willing to spend a night with him in return for work. 


Sunny Leone, who is trying to make a position amongst the Bollywood’s A-lister, was also a victim of casting couch. Many reports suggest that a film producer wanted to spend some cosy time with Sunny Leone but, the lady didn’t agree to do so and hence, the producer approached Sunny’s husband Daniel Weber to convince Sunny to spend a night with him. Sunny and her husband made it very clear to the producer that his wish is never going to come true. 


Payal Rahtogi shocked one and all when she accused the ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’ director Dibaker Banerjee of trying to take advantage of her in the barter of a role in his next film. Later in one of his interviews. 


Israeli Model, Rina Golan accused Subhash Ghai of indecent behaviour. In her book, ‘Dear Mr. Bollywood: How I Fell In Love With India’, Rina has revealed that Subhash Ghai once tried to take her to the bedroom during her struggling days. “I want you to trust me and surrender to me completely. I will take you around with me everywhere and you will see how your life will change,” is what Rina has quoted in her book with reference to Subhash Ghai. 


It was during the shooting of her film ‘China Gate’ in 1998 that she caught limelight with these allegations that she charged against the director. She claimed that the director wanted to get fresh with her but, she rejected his proposal. 


A video had made it to the internet wherein we could see Geetika slapping Subhash after the director accepted his crime. The video went viral on the net and a case was filed against him. 



Rani Mukerji’s brother, Raja Mukerji, was arrested when Pooja Mishra filed a case against him for molesting her. Pooja had apparently paid a visit to Raja to discuss a film for which she wanted to cast Rani Mukherjee and that’s when Raja tried to molest her in the car.

Murtaza Rangwala

Murtaza Rangwala is an entrepreneur and connector, as well as founder of Filmymantra.com. He's a frequent contributor for Filmymantra.com and provides startup advice on his motivational blog.Murtaza is a serial entrepreneur who loves building amazing products and services that scale. Digital Consultant and Social media Consultant for Leading Bollywood Movies and Celebrities. With more then 12Mn Plus followers on Social media. Have done a campaign for movies Like Sarbjit, Madaari. Engineer turned into Entrepreneur. @thatmedianerd on Twitter and Instagram

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