EXCLUSIVE: Sameera Reddy on casting couch: A hero called me unapproachable, vowed to never work with me again

Sameera shares her horrific experience of having to battle sexual proposition indirectly twice - once when a kiss was introduced in the script suddenly, and another instance when a hero tried to outsmart her. Watch the video to find out.
EXCLUSIVE: Sameera Reddy on casting couch: A hero called me unapproachable, vowed to never work with me againEXCLUSIVE: Sameera Reddy on casting couch: A hero called me unapproachable, vowed to never work with me again
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Casting couch is a sad reality in the industry and now, most actors are coming out in the open and talking about it. Sameera Reddy might have been missing from the Bollywood scene but she was always considered one of the most good looking actresses during her time. When we caught up with her for our next episode of U told Story, she shared two horrific incidents when she was sexually propositioned, albeit indirectly. 

Talking about the first instance, Sameera reveals, "I was doing this film and suddenly I was told that there will be a kissing scene added to the film. It wasn't there before so I wasn't okay with it. The makers tried to reason with me saying, "You did it in Musafir," and I was like but that doesn't mean I'll keep on doing it. He had then told me that please handle this with care but remember you are replaceable."

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Another one was from a male Bollywood hero she did a film with. "An actor had made a comment and said, "You are so unapproachable.He called me boring and said, 'You're no fun'. He also said, 'I don't know if I ever want to work with you again'. And I never worked with him after that film." Although this is unfortunately the state of affairs in the industry for years now, Sameera also reasons that there needs to be a defence mechanism that will save you from these vultures. "The whole game is like snakes and ladders. So you need to know how to move around the snakes and make your way. I would never party or hang out with the actors post my shoot. i would head back home and rather watch TV. I never really socialised and I know that helps a lot in getting films. But it's fine. It's the nature of the business."  

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Anonymous 1 month ago

just like tanushree dutta no one will take her to serious if she mention the names of those pathetic losers, how many disgusting comments were made for tanushree

Anonymous 1 month ago

Seriously Sameera ... now out of the industry it is easy to talk shit ... why didn’t you speak up when it happened... also not name such people ... scared ... if want to open the coffin do it properly and name the people or don’t do it at all ... what’s the use of saying just saying it incomplete

Anonymous 1 month ago

This is the reason during old times working in film industry for a women was considered very bad. People would hate to allow there daughters to work in films. Wel times have changed mony has changed the perception and above all women aworkers /actresses have mostly compromised to have work and to be on top... Its just selling theirs chastity and houner****

Anonymous 1 month ago

Please name them Sameera We need to clean this industry

Anonymous 1 month ago

Take names!

Anonymous 1 month ago

She is not a great looker to be accosted by actors... highly overrated

Anonymous 1 month ago

Sine when did acting become about looks?

Anonymous 2 months ago

She should spill the names! Only then this will stop.

Anonymous 2 months ago

HELLO AK are you listening ? is she talking abou AK for De dana dan. Sameera got removed from movie poster as well. Pv Pls Post

Anonymous 2 months ago

Liar. If u want truth abt casting couch go and watch video of join films on YouTube. This woman is lying.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Bollywood aa thu #mumbaiwaleneedstochange #bharatvsrheakiPR

Anonymous 2 months ago

At the same time..all these actresses talk like sati savitri!

Anonymous 2 months ago

Attention seeker.

Anonymous 2 months ago

hey are u listening Bullywood ?

Anonymous 2 months ago

jacqueline are you listening??

Anonymous 2 months ago

Jacqueline is Salman's mistress after she dumped the other fat laddoo who helped her get into the industry.

Anonymous 2 months ago

Great interview. Well done Pinkvilla for addressing the real problems facing society which reflect in the pressures put on bollywood actors to be a certain way to get work and also the effect it has on youngsters who look up to them as role models.

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