Bhojpuri Cinema: In addition to Bollywood stars, Bhojpuri actresses also captivate fans, earning fame for their talent and boldness. However, the industry’s notorious casting couch and explicit content remain prevalent. Contrary to popular belief, success in the Bhojpuri industry demands tremendous effort.
Every day, stories emerge from the Bhojpuri film world about actresses facing indecent demands in exchange for roles. In this article, we delve into the struggles of several actresses who endured hardships and fell victim to the casting couch.
Akshara Singh (Bhojpuri Cinema)
The first name on this list is Bhojpuri actress Akshara Singh. Akshara garners attention not only for her acting but also for her personal life. Her on-screen pairing with Khesari Lal sparks excitement among fans. In an interview, this active social media personality revealed that several directors made explicit demands, conditioning her work on compliance, following her breakup with Pawan Singh.
Pooja Hegde, who once created a sensation in Bhojpuri cinema, may have stepped back from films but remains active on social media. In an interview, she shared her early-career struggles when directors urged her to compromise for opportunities. Her refusal led to becoming a victim of the casting couch, resulting in delayed film offers and bouts of depression.
Actress Rani Chatterjee’s style and boldness captivate her fans. During the Me Too campaign, she accused Bollywood director Sajid Khan of exploiting her. Rani disclosed that Sajid had called her to his studio for an item song. During the encounter, Sajid crossed boundaries, insisting on Rani revealing her thighs and inquiring about her breast size, an experience she found deeply uncomfortable.
Alfia Shaikh (Bhojpuri Cinema)
Actress Alfia Shaikh, known for her bold avatar, also fell victim to casting couch in the Bhojpuri industry. She accused Bhojpuri cinema actor and film director Haider Kazmi of sexual harassment during the ‘Me Too’ movement. Alfia made serious allegations against Haider, shedding light on the industry’s darker side.