Anu Aggarwal, The Aashiqui Actress, Saying ‘The Girl Always Has A Choice Unless She Gets Raped’ Is Making Us Fume
I’ve always been told that we live in a man’s world. From what we eat to to what we wear to the kind of life we lead, it had all been submissive to the whims of a man. First her father, then her husband and later her son. Some would say things are changing now, what with women finally asserting power and fighting tooth and nail to be treated equally as men, but even then seems like there will always remain a few that simply don’t consider it their responsibility to behave like humans. And so they continue to women as pieces of meat.
A thought that we stumbled upon after hearing what actress and model Anu Aggarwal, who rose to fame with her role in Aashiqui, and opened up about her own experience in the industry and how she’s dealt with it. It’s no news that for decades the Bollywood industry has often been a home ground for exploitation of young talent, with enough instances of casting couch being brought to the fore, especially during the #MeToo movement.
And talking about the same was Anu Aggarwal, who when asked if she ever faced a situation of casting couch, said, “Not really. But yes one director, a top one, had come to my house citing he has a role for me. He came to my house and took out the whiskey bottle. It was in the afternoon hour but mere dimag ki batti jal gayi. How can someone come to the house with a bag of whiskey to tell the story, so I made some reason and had to politely ask him to leave. I told him off. That is what I am trying to say, women always has the choice.” In the best case scenario, of course.
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And as much as we want to believe that every woman has a choice, as did Anu at the time a director deemed appropriate bringing liquor to a script reading, we can’t refuse to see how often it happens that women aren’t as lucky to even have that window of opportunity to ask the guy to leave. And that is when, the concept of consent and her choice, are forced out the window. It’s not her choice then and Anu should know better now than to place the blame squarely on the woman’s shoulders.
Elaborating further, she said, “Even when I used to talk to girls earlier, and they would say this guy tried to hit on me and the whole thing about Bollywood, and the whole Me Too thing, and guys hitting on girls, I just feel guys will hit on girls. I have been getting hit at since I was 13 years old. I had no idea how to handle all this. The point is I feel eventually the girl is the boss unless a guy rapes you or something. Otherwise, the girl has to say yes for a guy to do anything with the girl.”
Anu Agarwal who already has a book written on her life, Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead, is currently in talks with Netflix for a series over her life events.