Sherlyn Chopra, Bollywood’s first actress to have made that bold crossover—she featured on the cover of Playboy magazine in 2012—talks to Giridhar Jha about the prevalence of the casting couch in the industry and how she managed to deal with it in her struggling days. Excerpts:
Exploitation of aspiring actresses is an open secret in Bollywood, but there has not been any open protest, like the recent #MeToo movement in Hollywood. What are the reasons for this?
There are Bollywood actresses who are fearless, and have no problem whatsoever in being whistleblowers. They are not coy when it comes to taking a stand to safeguard their best interests. Also, there is a growing awareness all over which underlines the fact that old, prejudiced and misaligned energy has no place in the new world where right to modesty, right to dignity, equality and justice are not just words written in our constitutions but new paradigms of everyday living.
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