Pandian Stores Actress Revealed About Her Casting Couch Experience!!
Written by keerthiga Published on Jul 28, 2023 | 16:43 PM IST | 129
One such disturbing incident came to light when VJ Deepika, who plays Aishwarya in the popular serial Pandian Stores, shared her harrowing experience during an audition for Raghava Lawrence’s film. Her shocking revelation sheds light on the dark underbelly of the industry and the urgent need for change.
VJ Deepika, an aspiring actress, was excited to audition for the role of Raghava Lawrence’s younger sister in his upcoming film. However, her enthusiasm quickly turned to horror when she faced an uncomfortable and exploitative situation during the audition process. The director of the film suggested that the character of the younger sister would have fair skin, which made her a suitable candidate for the role. However, what followed next was nothing short of distressing.
Deepika was taken aback when the director informed her that the character had a kiss scene, which she would have to perform during the audition. Shocked and uncomfortable, she tried to refuse, expressing her discomfort with the idea of such an intimate scene during an audition. The director, however, persisted and pressured her, even suggesting that she should provide the kiss scene as a “photo opportunity.” Deepika, feeling cornered and disrespected, stood her ground and declined the director’s request.
What Deepika encountered is a stark reminder of the unacceptable norms prevalent in the entertainment industry, where aspiring actors, especially women, are often subjected to exploitation and harassment in pursuit of their dreams. Such auditions, which blur the lines between professional requirements and personal boundaries, perpetuate a culture of objectification and sexism within the industry.
In Deepika’s case, the power dynamics were glaringly evident, with the director leveraging his position of authority to coerce her into performing the uncomfortable scene. The assurance of removing the scene from the film later, if she complied, only highlighted the abuse of power and disregard for her feelings and dignity.
One disturbing aspect of the audition process was the pressure placed on Deepika to “betray” her fellow actors. The director suggested that if she didn’t perform the kiss scene, others who auditioned before her would be put in the same situation. This manipulative tactic further exacerbated her distress, leaving her torn between her career aspirations and the ethical implications of participating in such auditions.
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Deepika’s lament about other bitter incidents she has faced while seeking film opportunities is a reflection of the systemic problems within the industry. The prevalence of casting couch practices, harassment, and exploitation can make the journey for aspiring actors an arduous and painful one.
“Pandian Stores” is a popular 2018 Indian Tamil language television series broadcasted on Star Vijay. The show features a talented ensemble cast, including Sujitha, Stalin, Kumaran Thangarajan, Hema Raj Sathish, Venkat Renganathan, Saravana Vikram, VJ Deepika Lakshmana Pandian, and Sheela in pivotal roles. The heartwarming narrative revolves around the lives of these characters, capturing the essence of family bonds, love, and various challenges they encounter in their journey.”
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VJ Deepika’s brave revelation about her distressing audition experience sheds light on the darker side of the entertainment industry. The incident highlights the urgent need for reforms and stricter guidelines to protect aspiring actors from exploitation and harassment during auditions. It is crucial for industry stakeholders, including filmmakers, casting directors, and production houses, to prioritize professionalism, respect, and ethical practices. By creating a safer and more inclusive environment, the entertainment industry can ensure that aspiring talents like Deepika are empowered to pursue their dreams without fear of compromising their dignity and well-being. Only then can the industry truly thrive as a beacon of creativity and inspiration.
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