"Speaking Out About Casting Couch Will End Your Career": Ileana D'Cruz
The debate around sexual harassment in the entertainment industry across the world took prominence after the recent Me Too movement in Hollywood. Similar revelations have come out in Indian cinema too in the form of Bollywood star Richa Chadha and Malayalam actresses Rima Kallingal, Sruthi Hariharan and Parvathy speaking about issues such as online abuse and inequality in pay.
Likewise, Ileana D’Cruz has now opened up on the casting couch problem that exists in the film industry saying, "It might sound cowardly, but I do agree that if you speak out about casting couch, it will end your career."
She explained, "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 then went on to express her opinion on sexual harassment in the industry stating, "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."
Ileana added, "Actors in this country are worshipped. So it will take many voices for people to acknowledge that huge stars could have such an ugly side."
On the film front, although actress Ileana D’Cruz has been seen in Tamil cinema in only two films till date, her most prominent role remains Nanban opposite 'Thalapathy' Vijay in 2012.
Since then, she has starred in several Hindi films establishing herself as a major crowd-puller. Ileana will next be seen in the action crime drama, Raid, opposite Ajay Devgn releasing on March 16.
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