Has Casting Couch Prevailed In Bollywood Since Its Inception?

What goes behind the shimmery curtains of Bollywood has not been hidden. Various actors have come forward and spoken about the dark secrets that the industry hides from its fans. Nepotism, Gender Inequality etc. can be noticed through the films, but many times things get swept under the carpet. Nevertheless, this industry has some courageous personalities that stood up against the dark issues like casting couch, sexual harassment etc. Actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Ranveer Singh, Radhika Apte, Kalki Koechlin, Tisca Chopra etc. have revealed about how they faced these uncomfortable situations and fought against them.

However, some pictures from 1950s Life Magazine were surfaced online and it revealed how casting couch might not be some new learned mischief. According to an Indiatimes report, these pictures were taken by James Burke, as he wanted to capture the auditioning process. A R Kardar from Kardar Productions is seen auditioning some actresses. Some may find these pictures to be completely normal, as the director wished to know how his actresses looked in each outfit, while some may term it completely unnecessary. However, it quizzes me if this was part of every normal audition process in the 1950s? I think this was the reason why Bollywood was earlier considered to be a 'bad industry' for women to work in.