Saroj Khan apologises for defending casting couch in Bollywood

Emmett Rice
April 25, 2018

However, the three-time national award victor Ms. Khan has now apologized for her comments after it made several headlines following her reaction.

When the three-time National Award-winning choreographer was asked about the evil existing in the film industry, she slammed the reporters asking, "Why are you targeting the film industry?" adding, "It does not rape and leave you". Everyone tries to take advantage of every girl and it happens even within the government (bodies). Why are you only after the film industry? "It provides livelihood at least and doesn't rape the girls", she added.

The 69-year-old, who has choreographed more than 2000 songs in her career, further said the "tradition" has been going on since centuries and blaming just Bollywood is unfair.This is going on from "baba Adam's times", it is not new.

Khan later told the media: "I have already said I am sorry". When you are an artist, why will you sell yourself? On April 7, Reddy stripped in protest in public outside the premises of the Telugu Film Chambers of Commerce. If you are not ready for it (casting couch), you won't do it. Being an elder you should give a good path to young actresses.

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Actress Sophie Choudry criticised Saroj Khan for her remark and tweeted: "WTH?!"

Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan on Tuesday surprised everyone when she defended the prevailing casting couch situation in the film industry.

At a time when the entertainment industry world over is witnessing movements such as #MeToo and Time's Up, where actresses are finding the strength to openly share their experiences of sexual harassment, Saroj Khan's statement is an ugly reminder of how insulated Bollywood is when it comes women's rights. This is a wild tangent in the topic, and Chowdhury seems to be speaking about the treatment of women in the parliament and politics, which is very different from the Film industry. "She meant to say it takes place in all industries, why is Bollywood being singled out?" enquired Richa.

In response, Sri Reddy said she had lost respect for the veteran choreographer after her remarks.

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