Here's What Alia Has to Say to 'Boys & Girls Who Go Through Bad Situations For Work in Bollywood'
In Bollywood, unfortunately, only a handful of celebrities have spoken against the toxic culture.
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Despite A-List actors such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Asia Argento speaking out, sexual harassment and assault is still all too prevalent in showbiz. And, while Hollywood isn't the only place harassment happens, the recent surge, perhaps a tsunami, of allegations against high profile and powerful men in the American film industry have triggered a new wave of action worldwide, with more women coming forward with stories of sexual abuse on social media as “#MeToo.”
In Bollywood, unfortunately, only a handful of celebrities have spoken against the toxic culture. Recently, actor Alia Bhatt was asked about her opinion on casting couch in the Hindi film industry.
"All of a sudden the casting couch discussion has become a burning topic. However, I am of the opinion whenever such topics are discussed, the environment turns very negative. People start believing that the industry is bad," Alia was quoted as saying by Deccan Chronicle.
Though the actor, who is currently basking in the success of her latest release Raazi, has not faced it herself, she did acknowledge its existence in the industry.
"I know and do understand that at times, many boys and girls have to go through bad situations in order to be able to fetch some work. Everyone has to face their own battle of struggle in order to be able to get work in this industry. And during their struggle some people could use the strugglers for their benefit."
Alia further said that the issue of casting couch is not just limited to Bollywood, but is a universal one "They should always believe in themselves. However, if at all they are confronted with this bad moment (casting couch) they need to immediately inform their parents. And thereafter go to the police."
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