Touted as one of the biggest collaborations, Salman Khan and Chiranjeevi joined hands for the film titled GodFather. The Bollywood superstar will be making a cameo in the highly anticipated film. The duo was recently spotted together launching the Hindi trailer of GodFather in Mumbai.
During the press conference, the stars answered several questions about the film, the collaboration and how they decided to work together. As reported by Indian Express, Salman Khan narrated how Chiranjeevi is the only person who slept on his couch calling it a case of ‘casting couch’.
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For those unaware, the casting couch culture is very prominent in the entertainment industry where the person abuses their power to get sexual favours in return for a promise to provide work. ”Casting couch does exist,” stated Salman Khan before stating that he flew down to Thailand with Chiranjeevi for a commercial shoot.
”I told him to go to the bedroom and sleep and he said ‘I will sleep on the couch’. Now, how to say I sleep on the couch? So, only one person apart from me who slept on my couch is Chiru garu… this is casting couch,” Salman Khan continued, ”because of this I was cast in this film. He told me there is a small role in this film, I told him, if you make me stand behind you it is fine. He said ‘I will give you a noble role’. And that’s what he did.”
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Though the seasoned Bollywood actor tried to make light of the situation in his usual humouristic approach but the statement came out tone deaf. Casting couch is a taboo subject to talk publicly about, especially coming from someone as prominent as Salman Khan.
Joking about the ordeal that many aspiring actors go through that costs them their career is not okay. Normalizing such behaviours under the guise of an entertaining anecdote is disrespectful to the survivors who suffer from the traumatic events of sexual harassment.
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