‘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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

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.

PHOTO: JAFAR KHAN/ FOTOCORP

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