At a time when the media industries around the world are finding themselves amidst controversies, there are a few who still don’t believe in changing old ways. One such name, it seems, is the veteran choreographer, Saroj Khan.
Speaking on an Indian TV show, the dancer made a statement about Bollywood’s ongoing issue of casting couches, which has now landed her in hot water.
“This has been going on since the time of Adam. It is not new,” Saroj said. “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, Saroj has received severe backlash for her comment and has been asked to apologise. The choreographer, however, has reportedly refused to comment.
Check out the video here:
Veteran Choreographer Saroj Khan gave a bizarre justification of prevailing casting couch situation in the film industry, claiming that 'casting couch at least provides livelihood' pic.twitter.com/Gh0FguJJ0s
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