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Some Filmmakers Think They Have A Right Over You

Actress Neetu Chandra has taken the road less travelled. She reveals to Outlook how casting couch is very much a Bollywood reality and what she had to deal with when a "top filmmaker" called her to his office...

Some Filmmakers Think They Have A Right Over You
Some Filmmakers Think They Have A Right Over You
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2018-05-31T11:10:05+05:30

She debuted with Garam Masala (2005) opposite big stars like Akshay Kumar and John Abraham and has since acted in several acclaimed movies in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. ­Taking the road less travelled, Neetu Chandra also set up her own banner which produced the ­national award-winning movie Mithila Makhaan. Narrating ­experiences from her early years in the industry to Giridhar Jha, she ­reveals how sly operators of Bollywood try to take ­advantage of aspiring actresses by using their ­position of power.

The casting couch is very much a Bollywood reality. I have had to deal with people who wanted to take advantage of me during my early years more than once. A top filmmaker once called me to his office, purportedly for a discussion on an upcoming project. It happened after the release of two of my films, Traffic Signal (2007) and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). I was very excited and I told him how I would love to work with him. This is when he threw in the hint: “Working with me is in your hands, Neetu.” Barely 23 then, I asked him what he meant by that.

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