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Casting couch: Swara Bhasker recalls when a guy tried to kiss her

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Actor Swara Bhasker, who is riding high on the success of Veere Di Wedding, recalled her casting couch experience when she revealed a guy tried to kiss her ear and said “I love you baby”.

Swara was present at the Indian Express Adda where she revealed that she did face casting couch at the hands of a top producer’s manager who tried to force himself on her and kept on asking about her residential address.

The Anaarkali of Aarah actor is known for her outspoken nature and taking a stand against the society’s stereotypes like discrimination, gender pay gap and racism.

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Swara recalled the incident when asked whether she has faced any kind of harassment or casting couch in the industry. “When I got out this guy actually tried to kiss my ear and said ‘I love you baby’ and I kind of did that (gestures shirking away) so he got a mouthful of my hair so I was just like… so that kind of stuff happens. It’s all a part of casting couch, right?” Swara said at the Express Adda.

The casting couch and sexual harassment was brought to attention of the world after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was exposed for his sexual assaults on more than 70 women. Campaigns like #MeToo and Time’s Up initiative to put an end to the harassment at the hands of powerful media moguls spread all across the globe where a number of women came forward to share about their experiences.

The actor also shared her thoughts about feminism at the event, and said: ” Feminism is about a thought that there should be equality amongst the genders. And equality not just of representation but equality of opportunity and equality of accountability, which is something that not just women but a lot of communities in India have not had, whether it is caste, whether it is women. And for me, feminism is about giving women choice. So if some women choose to be conservative or choose to deny themselves their own rights, what can I say? I think it is completely legitimate to ask those women that why do they want to tie themselves down?”

On the work front, Swara will be seen sharing the screen space once again with Sumeet Vyas in a web series titled It’s Not That Simple.