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Minnisha Lamba Opens Up About Bollywood Directors Asking For Sexual Favours

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Minissha Lamba was never an extremely popular actress but had starred in some hit films like Yahaan, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd and Bachna Ae Haseeno. The actress was known for her girl-next-door looks but had vanished from the scene after a few films. Now, in an interview with a radio host, the actress has spoken about losing films because she did not exchange roles for sexual favours. Making comments on Bollywood’s infamous casting couch, she said: “I think in any industry where there are men, a lot of men are going to try. This industry is not any different. I definitely have faced things like the person not confirming for the film and saying, ‘Why don’t you meet for dinner? Let’s talk.’ And I am like, ‘No, why don’t we meet in the office? I don’t know about dinner but I am definitely free, we can set up a time and meet in the office tomorrow, if you want to discuss further.’ I have handled it like that. It has not happened much to me to my face. But whenever it has happened, I have handled it in a way where I have pretended not to understand what you are saying.”

Many actors have previously spoken up about the casting couch. In 2015, actor Ranveer Singh had also revealed that he had met “a highly sleazy gentleman” who told him to be okay with “take and touch”. “Later I got to know what he was interested in. When I said ‘no’, he was heartbroken like a jilted lover,” the actor said, adding: “I later spoke with other strugglers who said the man had made similar propositions to them.”


[Image Credit: Minnisha Lamba]