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Captivating Performance: Spectators Moved as Individuals Humbly Seek a Touch

Actor Ankit Gupta Opens Up About Facing Casting Couch in His Career

New Delhi: Ankit Gupta, a popular face on Indian television, recently revealed his struggles with the casting couch early in his career. In an interview with Pinkvilla, Gupta shared his experiences of being approached by people who promised him job opportunities in exchange for favors. When asked if he had ever faced the casting couch, Gupta replied, “I have met such people that I can’t even tell you. They call you with offers, tell you stories, and drop names to convince you. They would say anything to get what they want.”

Gupta further disclosed the words he heard from those involved in such activities. They would tell him, “Everybody does it, Ankit. If you want to work in the industry, this is how it’s done. You may not do it now, but after a few years, you’ll come back and agree to it. You don’t want to waste 2-3 years.” Gupta also mentioned that some individuals even went down on their knees and asked to touch him, without any further intentions.

This isn’t the first time a celebrity has spoken up about the casting couch. Shiv Thakare, a former contestant on “Bigg Boss 16,” shared a similar experience in the industry. Thakare mentioned an incident where a casting director took him to a bathroom and offered a massage, which confused him as it had no connection to the audition. Thakare realized that there is no discrimination between men and women when it comes to the casting couch.

Gupta’s and Thakare’s stories shed light on the dark side of the entertainment industry, where aspiring actors are often subjected to exploitation and harassment. It is essential to address and eradicate such practices to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone pursuing their dreams.

On the work front, Gupta was last seen in the TV show “Junooniyatt.”