Published:  05:01 PM, 14 March 2018 Last Update: 05:06 PM, 14 March 2018

'Speaking out about casting couch can end career'

'Speaking out about casting couch can end career'

Bollywood actress Ileana D'Cruz is gearing up for the release of her much-awaited film 'Raid' starring Ajay Devgn in the lead role. While the actress is busy promoting her venture, in an interview with Bombay Times, she opened up on the dark side of cinema.

When asked whether young actors should openly speak up about the sexual harassment they face at their workplace, given the fact that many believe by doing so it may end their careers, the actress made a startling revelation.

She said, “It might sound cowardly, but I do agree that if you speak out about the casting couch, it will end your career. Years ago, a junior artiste down South, who was being propositioned by a big producer, sought my advice on how to deal with it.I told her that it’s something that I couldn't decide for her. It is her decision and that nobody could force it on her. Many people have done it and it’s up to her whether she wants to go ahead and do it or not. As far as exploitation and harassment is concerned, I wouldn't stand for it. The fact of the matter is that if an A-list star is accused of something like this, you will require a large number of people to come forward, including A-list actresses and actors, to make a difference. Actors in this country are worshiped. So it will take many voices for people to acknowledge that huge stars could have such an ugly side. I can’t watch Kevin Spacey’s show anymore, though I have loved it earlier because he has been accused of harassment. It disgusts me as a person.”

Ileana even opened up about her personal relationship with rumoured boyfriend Andrew Kneebone. She said, “I don't want to talk about my personal life. I do use social media as a gateway into my personal life, but only to a certain extent. When I don't want to, I pull the blinds down.”

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