Singer Sophie Choudry voiced her opinion, trashing Saroj's comments. She shamelessly went on a news channel to debate and blame the victim for obliging the sexual favours. It hasn't started now. Anyone and everyone tries to get cozy with every girl. The government's people do it too. How stupid are we, the audiences, then to expect that a few great messages driven films are all that is needed to change Bollywood. At least the industry provides employment. "After all, it isn't as if women are raped and abandoned", Khan is heard as saying in Hindi in the video. If she doesn't want to fall into the hands of such people, she won't fall. If you have art, why will you sell yourself? "Don't take film industry's name, it is everything for us".
In the 1980s, Saroj Khan was the X factor that transformed the lives of many starry-eyed aspirants. But you don't know the question that was asked. You just know my answer.
He said, "I have never faced it. I apologise", Khan told IANS.
The statement drew sharp criticism from netizens and Bollywood personalities, with many opining that defending the casting couch under any circumstance was morally and ethically incorrect.
Chowdhury supported Khan, saying: "Yes, it is the bitter truth". Yes, it's true that casting couch doesn't just exist in the film industry and it's probably happening everywhere. She further said that sexual favors are taken even by government officials, but Bollywood at least provides livelihood and "doesn't rape and dump" the girl. Also, being an elder, you have to show the (right) path to actresses. "It is time that India stood up and said #MeToo", Chowdhary said.
"These kinds of corrupt activities will continue to go on, thanks to politicians and bad people who abound", he added while urging the reporters to report on the gram panchayat.
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Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit slammed Khan.
Glorifying a deplorable practice by comparing it to a heinous crime like rape does not behove a Bollywood veteran like Saroj Khan.
While she has acknowledged the existence of this practise, there are several other members of the industry who continue to categorically deny it. "#Exploitation of women is a crime and should be fought in all spheres of life", he tweeted. "Again, women are made incumbent to stop injustice against themselves & men have been absolved of their participation".
"WTH?! So much respect for Saroj-ji as a choreographer but this is how she uses her position to protect girls?!"
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