Ileana D'Cruz on casting couch: 'It might sound cowardly, but if you speak out it will end your career'

FP Staff

Raid actress Ileana D'Cruz has spoken about the perils of actresses opening up on their casting couch experiences in a recent interview to Bombay Times.

Ileana D'Cruz. Facebook

Ileana D'Cruz. Facebook

Speaking about casting couch affecting careers, she said, "It might sound cowardly but I do agree that if you speak out about the casting couch, it will end your career. Years ago, a junior artiste down South, who was being propositioned by a big producer, sought my advice on how to deal with it. I told her that it's something that I couldn't decide for her. It is her decision and that nobody could force it on her. Many people have done it and it's up to her whether she wants to go ahead and do it or not."

She added, "As far as exploitation and harassment is concerned, I wouldn't stand for it. The fact of the matter is that if an A-list star is accused of something like this, you will require a large number of people to come forward, including A-list actresses and actors, to make a difference. Actors in this country are worshiped. So it will take many voices for people to acknowledge that huge stars could have such an ugly side. I can't watch Kevin Spacey's show anymore, though I have loved it earlier, because he has been accused of harassment. It disgusts me as a person," said D'Cruz, as reported by Bombay Times.

The outspoken actress had also opened up on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder last year.


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