Saroj Khan on casting couch: It provides livelihood at least, doesn't rape and leave you
Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan has made a lot of top celebs dance to her tunes but her recent [ignorant] statement on casting couch has landed her in trouble. Saroj Khan while speaking on a TV channel regarding the casting couch issue said that blaming the film industry alone for this is unfair and that at least the industry provides livelihood despite all the perils and doesn't just rape and leave them.
She said, "Should I say something? this is going on from 'baba Adam's times', it is not new. Someone or the other always try to take an advantage of a girl. The government does it too, then why are we only behind the film industry? It provides livelihood at least. Does not rape and leave you. It is up to the girl, what she wants to do. If you don't want to fall into wrong hands, you won't. If you have art, why would you sell yourself? Don't take the film industry's name, it is everything to us."
Casting couch is not new to Bollywood. In fact, the number of exposures in Hollywood related to the casting couch and sexual harassment in return for favour has been alarming. The debate kickstarted post the Harvey Weinstein case came to light leading to many leading ladies in Hollywood opening up about their experiences.
The incidence resulted in the #MeToo campaign which allows women to open up and seek justice. The movement has turned global with many Bollywood actors coming forward in its support.