Step Up, Saroj Khan: Stop Defending Bollywood’s Dirty Dancing

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Step Up, Saroj Khan: Stop Defending Bollywood’s Dirty Dancing

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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n this month alone, we’ve been witness to two polarising retaliations to one plaguing virus in the film industry: the dreaded C-word. Casting couch.

Two weeks ago, actress Sri Reddy staged a semi-nude protest in front of the Movie Artistes Association (MAA) office in Hyderabad, alleging that young actresses were sexually exploited routinely by the casting couch prevalent in the Telugu film industry.  Reddy claimed that she was denied a MAA membership because of how vocal she had been about this malpractice. Reddy acknowledged the controversial point that she had actually “compromised” with directors, producers, and male actors in the industry – and she had still been denied roles.

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