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Khushboo Sharma

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Aditi Rao Hydari Says She Was Out Of Work For 8 Months After She Spoke On Casting Couch 5 Years Ago

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  •  July 31, 2018

Slowly but steadily, Aditi Rao Hydari has created her own niche in the industry. A part of her appeal probably comes from the fact that she has not confined her work to a particular language. Talking about her recent films, be it Kaatru Veliyidai or Padmaavat, she has registered a strong screen presence. While she exudes incessant charm on screen, she also has a strong woman’s vibe that makes her stand apart.

She is, in fact, the actor who head started the casting couch debate in the Indian film industry five years ago. In a recent conversation with The Sunday GuardianAditi opened up about what followed after she spoke on the issue in 2013.

“I didn’t regret it but I cried about it because I felt so upset that this was true and this is how girls are treated. I was like, how dare someone speak to me like that. For about eight months after the incident, I didn’t get work, but I feel that decision made me stronger in my intention about the kind of work I wanted to do,” shared Aditi.

She adds, “Sometimes you need to see a situation, deal with it, get out and be very comfortable with it, and that’s how I felt. You need to be comfortable with the consequences and have no regrets. I was able to do that and I need to thank my family for that. Not for one second do I regret that decision. I will always speak about the misuse of power which is there in every industry.”

She also expressed that “no one should be forced to do something they don’t want to, and it’s not a rite of passage or barter. Nobody should misuse their power. Nobody can misuse you. I feel girls need to empower themselves—the moment you empower yourself, the decision lies with you.”

She added. “It’s about power play in the industry, and you should nip it in the bud. What is the fear? That you won’t get work? If you are talented, the right people will call you. They need to understand why they are there in the film industry. If they are there for the love of the medium, they will get work. This is my naive belief but I’m a living example of that.”

H/T: The Sunday Guardian 

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