Malhaar Rathod says, Producer asked to lift Top

Malhaar Rathod says, Producer asked to lift Top
Malhaar Rathod says, Producer asked to lift Top

Malhaar Rathod, an aspiring teenage actor recently attended an interview and spoke about casting couch. Malhaar Rathod’s experience with what is euphemistically known as Casting couch. s*xual harassment culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into India’s massive, insiders-only film industry, where the #MeToo movement has secured few wins. Malhaar Rathod recalled a scarring casting couch experience when she was a teenager. India’s glamorous film industry is no stranger to stories about the casting couch.

Malhaar Rathod said, “When I came to Mumbai in 2008, as a teenager to test the luck in the entertainment industry, a 65-year-old Indian film producer asked me to lift the top. After hearing this, I walked away from there.”

Malhaar Rathod, who is now an up-and-coming television star, added, “The producer claimed he had a part for me and then asked me to lift my top. I was so scared, I didn’t know what to do at first.” This was Malhaar Rathod’s horrible experience when she came to Mumbai.

As Hollywood undergoes a churn set off by the #MeToo movement against s*xual harassment, Bollywood, too, maybe slowly acknowledging its own dirty secrets. A number of actors and actresses such as Usha Jadhav, Radhika Apte, and Kalki Koechlin have spoken out about being asked for s*xual favors in exchange for roles.