New Delhi : After Ranveer Singh opened up about the reality and existence of the casting couch in the entertainment industry, actor Ayushmann Khurrana also spoke about a incident he experienced while trying to make an entry into the industry.
In an exclusive conversation with ANI, the 31-year-old actor said that while he was working in the television industry, he was asked for sexual favours by a casting director.
“In fact, I have been through that initially when I was part of the industry. I was a TV anchor, so a casting director directly told me that I would have to do it. So, I told him that if I was not straight, I might have given it a thought, but I can’t do it. So yeah, the casting couch exists, but eventually, it’s your talent or potential as an actor or performer which would last. You don’t need to give in to such stuff,” said Ayushmann.
The ‘Vicky Donor’ actor said, on a personal level, he would not judge anyone if they take up the offer to become a part of tinsel town, but it is unethical on part of the casting director to ask for such favours.
Ayushmann added that only the talent is enough to prove oneself.
Apart from Ayushmann and Ranveer, a lot of celebrities like Kangana Ranaut and Kalki Koechlin have earlier spoken about the existence of the casting couch in the industry.
Ayushmann will be next seen sharing the screen space with his `Dum Laga Ke Haishaa` co-star Bhumi Padnekar and `Masaan` fame Vicky Kaushal in Sameer Sharma’s `Manmariziyaan.`
The actor will also be seen with Parineeti Chopra in `Meri Pyari Bindu`. (ANI)