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Saroj Khan’s Shocker On Casting Couch: At Least Film Industry Gives Work, Doesn’t Rape And Abandon 

Saroj Khan, veteran choreographer of films like Tezaab and Devdas, justified the casting couch – the exchange of sexual favours for work in the film industry – at a press conference held in Mumbai on Tuesday, describing it as “age-old” and asking “why the entertainment industry alone should be targeted,” reports news agency ANI. Ms Khan has now apologised for her comments, after a deluge of outraged headlines. Ms Khan, a three-time National Award-winner, told reporters at the press conference: “:Tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti. (Why are you targeting the film industry? At least, it gives you work and doesn’t abandon you).”

Saroj Khan also said that the casting couch is founded on the principle of consent, that artistes have a choice and that they can choose not to work with someone who has asked for favours. “Tumhare paas art hai toh tum kyun bechoge apne aap ko? (Why would you sell yourself is you have the talent?)” Ms Khan warned reporters against criticising the film industry because “woh humaara mai-baap hai.”
 

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