Suchitra Krishnamoorthi recalls on casting couch ordeal

Azha Khan



Suchitra Krishnamoorhti has opened up about her casting couch ordeal with a “big producer-director”.

Krishnamoorhti said that she was very young at the time the incident occurred.

“I met this producer-director and he asked me ‘Aap kiske sath close ho, aapke mummy ya daddy?’ Toh unhone hotel mein bulaya, unn dino mein hotel room mein sab bulate the, it was quite common. Main gayi maine bola ‘Main daddy ke saath bohut close hoon’. He said, “Bohut achi baat hai. Aapke daddy ache hai?’ Maine bola ‘Haan bohot ache hain, mere se bohot pyar karte hain’. Then he said to me ‘Daddy ko phone karo aur bolo ki main tumhe kal subah drop kardunga ghar pe’. So, aisi cheese bahut hoti thi (We were meeting in a hotel and in those days, a lot of meetings happened in hotels. It was quite common. When asked by him, I said I am very close to my father. The producer-director said, ‘Very nice, then call your father and tell him that I will drop you home tomorrow morning’. Such things were very common back then),” she said in a recent interview to Siddharth Kannan.

She added, “I was almost on the verge of tears and I picked up all my stuff and I said ‘I am just coming sir’. Aur main bhag gayi. First I didn’t understand ki kya bol rahe hain. You know it takes you a while… I was like ‘Main kal subah tak kya karungi inke saath?’ And then it started striking me what he probably intending, toh main bhag gayi. Par aise bahot hota tha. Abhi I think the film industry is much more organised and disciplined and also there’s social media. Koi aise bakwas kare toh ek tweet laga do, you expose them. It is a good fear (I ran after the proposition. It takes you a while to process what has been said. It started striking me later what he was intending to do. But such things happen. Now, thanks to social media one can expose such industry people).”