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Indian Choreographer Saroj Khan Defends Casting Couches

"It does not rape and leaves you, it provides livelihood," says Saroj Khan

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When the world is busy in fighting against work place harassment and carrying campaigns like #MeToo, urging women to speak up about abuse and harassment, there are people like the veteran Bollywood choreographer, Saroj Khan, defending casting couches. 

The choreographer during one of her interviews, made a statement which has now landed her in hot water. The veteran dancer has defended Bollywood’s ways of  casting couches so much so that she has said that what if casting couches took advantage of a female, it still provided livelihood. ”

 

Her complete statement said, “This has been going on since the time of Adam. It is not new. Someone or the other always try to take an advantage of a girl. The government does it too, then why are we only behind the film industry? It does not rape and leaves you, it provides livelihood at least. It is up to the girl, what she wants to do. If you don’t want to fall into wrong hands, you won’t. If you have art, why would you sell yourself? Don’t take the film industry’s name, it is everything to us.”

Since her appearance on that show, the dancer has been receiving lots of criticism and well deserved how can one talk about something as heinous as rape or harassment in such a convenient manner? The dancer has been asked to apologize but she has refused to comment further.

 

the authorRameeza Nasim
Rameeza Nasim, a Paralian, passionate about poetry, drama and fiction. By giving drama critiques I feel like I am endorsing the writer's message to the audiences, I love my job. Being a critic responsibility lies on my shoulders to point out the flaws and shortcomings of the play be it on writer's , performers or director's end . I did my Masters in English Literature and Linguistics .

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