“This guy tried to kiss my ear and said ‘I love you baby’ with mouthful of my hair,” Swara Bhaskar on harassment & casting couch in Bollywood

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About another incident Swara said, she was stalked. “I was asked to go to his hotel room on the pretext of discussing the scene and would find him drinking

The Hush Post: At an interactive session, actress Swara Bhaskar has shared her experience about casting couch.

Swara, who has been part of the film industry for almost 10 years, opened up about her first-hand experience of the much-debated issue.

She revealed that a Bollywood fixer, who claimed to be the manager of a top filmmaker, tried to kiss her during a work meeting.Swara Bhaskar
Swara said that she was repeatedly asked about the details of her residential address, when she sensed something wrong she wanted to wrap it up quickly. “When I got out this guy actually tried to kiss my ear and said ‘I love you baby’ and I kind of did that (gestures shirking away),” said Swara, and added: “So, he got a mouthful of my hair so I was just like… so that kind of stuff happens. It’s all a part of the casting couch, right?”
In November last, the Veere Di Wedding actress recalled her experience of being harassed by a film director in an interview. Swara, who was new to the industry at that point, said: “He stalked me during the day and called me through the night. I was asked to go to his hotel room on the pretext of discussing the scene and would find him drinking. During the first week itself, he started talking about love and sex and one night arrived in my room, drunk, and asked to be hugged. It was scary.”
Apart from Swara, top Bollywood actors like Ranveer Singh, Radhika Apte and Tisca Chopra are only names, who have shared about their brush with casting couch. Newcomer Ashish Bisht was frequently asked: “Are you comfortable in bed?”

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