Aditi Rao Hyadri Opens Up About The Casting Couch
For a while, we didn’t see Aditi Rao Hyadri and we all assumed she was busy or just wasn’t interested enough in movies. Then, she was back with a bang in Padmavat and even though she wasn’t in the lead, she made her mark in the character she played. Turns out, the gorgeous, doe-eyed actress wasn’t missing in action because she didn’t want to prove her acting prowess, in fact, it was nothing like that. And she’s finally opened up about why she wasn’t seen on screen for so much time.
Aditi was speaking to the the Sunday Guardian where she revealed that she had faced the casting couch and how it affected her. “I did lose work and I cried about it. I didn’t regret it but I cried about it because I felt so upset that this was true and this is how girls are treated. I was like, how dare someone speak to me like that! For about eight months [after the incident] I didn’t get work, but I feel that decision made me stronger in my intention about the kind of work I wanted to do.”
The actress was talking about the casting couch as early as five years ago. However, the issue didn’t get the amplification it has now.
We have been following the stories of various actress opening up about the casting couch, and this is another incident that brings to light how prevalent this practise is. Bollywood’s #MeToo movement though, might have the hiccups of nepotism, brushing many such stories under the carpet. We can only hope.