Saroj Khan, popular choreographer, was caught in the midst of a controversy with a casual remark she made. You may be aware that South actress Sri Reddy's protest against the casting couch and sexual exploitation in Tollywood has brough the debate alive once again. Casting couch, is once again a topic of interest amongst our celebrities and the media.
So when a journalist asked Saroj Khan for a comment, she ended up sort of defending the casting couch! In her words, "This has been happening since time immemorial. Anyone and everyone tries to get cozy with every girl. Even people in the government do it. Why are you after the film industry? At least the industry provides employment. It is not as if you are raped and abandoned. (Yeh chala aa raha hai baba aadam ke zamaane se. Har ladki ke upar koi na koi haath saaf karne ki koshish karta hai. Government ke log bhi karte hain. Tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti)" She also said, "It’s upon the girl – what does she want to do? If you don’t want to be caught, you won’t. When you are an artiste, why will you sell yourself? Don’t say anything about the film industry. It’s like our mother-father. (Yeh ladki ke upar hai ki tum kya karna chahti ho. Tum uske haath mein nahi aana chahti ho toh nahi aaogi. Tumhare paas art hai toh tum kyun bechoge apne aap ko? Film industry ko kuch mat kehna, woh humaara mai-baap hai)"
Is Saroj Khan for real???
Why do our B-Town girls not initiate a #MeToo and bring casting couch out in the open?