Amid the news of Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan’s comments about casting couch culture in film industry, former Rajya Sabha MP and Congress leader Renuka Choudhary has reportedly said the phenomenon afflicts even the Parliament – like ‘any other workplace’.
“Yes, it is the bitter truth. The whole film industry may get up in arms against me. This happens everywhere. In workspaces, don’t imagine that Parliament is immune or any other workspace is immune. Look at the world today, top actresses have taken so long to come out and say #MeToo. It’s time India also stands up and says #MeToo,” Renuka Chowdhury told news agency ANI.
Meanwhile Saroj Khan apologised for her statement defending casting couch culture in which she had said the Indian film industry “at least” provided jobs and did not abandon women after raping them.
I have already said I am sorry. But you don’t know the question that was asked… And now there’s so much ruckus,” Khan told PTI.
A video of Saroj Khan’s interaction with media persons had gone viral on social media and television networks in which she was heard saying the film industry at least provides jobs and does not abandon women after “raping” them.
“This has been happening since time immemorial. Anyone and everyone tries to get cozy with every girl. Even people in the government do it. Why are you after the film industry? At least the industry provides employment. It is not as if you are raped and abandoned. (Yeh chala aa raha hai baba aadam ke zamaane se. Har ladki ke upar koi na koi haath saaf karne ki koshish karta hai. Government ke log bhi karte hain. Tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Woh kam se kam roti toh deti hai. Rape karke chhod toh nahi deti),” Khan is heard as saying in the video.
The 69-year-old choreographer had made the remarks in response to a question from a journalist in Sangli on Telugu actor Sri Reddy stripping in protest against the casting couch culture in the Telugu film industry.
Khan is a national award-winning choreographer and known for some popular songs such as “Ek Do Teen” and “Choli ke Peeche”.