‘Didn’t experience casting couch, as my father was a producer’
Madhoo says that while her lineage opened doors for her, it also led to the stress of high expectations
The question regarding the existence of casting couch (trading of sexual favours in exchange for work) in showbiz has been brought to light several times by members of the film fraternity. Actor Madhoo, (right) who made her comeback to the small screen with the role of warrior queen in a TV show, doesn’t deny its existence, but adds that she never faced it. According to Madhoo, as her father, Ragunath, was a popular film producer and superstar Hema Malini is her cousin, people never tried such stunts with her.
“I know it [casting couch] is there and have also heard several bitter stories,” she says, adding, “I can’t imagine how traumatising it must be for those who have faced such exploitation. But I never encountered it. Maybe because I joined the industry with a certain privilege. My father was a producer and I am also related to Hema Malini. That made people somehow conscious about who I am and hence they didn’t think of mistreating me.”
The Roja (1992) actor says that while her lineage opened doors for her, it also led to the stress of high expectations. “I had to prove myself at every step. The family reputation had to be maintained,” she says. She adds that she just focussed on her work and tried her best that the characters she portrays on-screen, develop a connection with the audience.
“I knew that whether I succeed or fail, I will have to do everything on my own. That’s why when people say that having someone from the film industry helps, I want to tell them, don’t forget that along with that comes a lot of other things too, which one has to deal with,” she adds.