Radhika Apte makes shocking revelation about sexual abuse


Bollywood actress Radhika Apte and noted Marathi actress Usha Jadhav made shocking revelation about casting couch in the film industry.

In BBC documentary, Radhika Apte has spoken out about sexual harassment in the Indian film industry. In a BBC World News report, to be aired soon, Apte opens up on the culture of quietness in Bollywood, mainly because its stars are so admired.

"Some people are regarded as Gods. They are so powerful that people just don't think that my voice is going to matter, or people think that if I speak, probably my career is going to get ruined”, Radhika Apte tells BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan in Bollywood's Dark Secret. Asked what she thought about the #MeToo campaign against harassment in Hollywood, the ‘Pad Man’ actor added, "The way the women, and the men, of course, came together and decided that as a team we are not going to let this happen, I wish that could happen here."

Marathi award-winning actor Usha Jadhav is also a part of the documentary and she reveals that it is common for powerful men in the industry to demand sexual favours. She narrated a conversation between her and a person from the film industry. She was asked what something in return she could give him for a golden opportunity given to her.

"I said something on the lines of, 'What? I don't have money'. He said, 'No, no, no, no. It's not about money, it's about you sleeping with, maybe it can be a producer, maybe it can be a director, it can be both too," she said. Vaidyanathan has also spoken to actors who have faced unwanted advances, as well as stars, who believe a dark secret lies behind Bollywood's glamour. The documentary also interviews an aspiring actor, 25, who left her small village to chase her Bollywood dream, but says she was molested on a number of occasions, including the first time she met a casting agent.

"He started telling me that for an actress, you should be happy to have sex as and, when possible, and embrace your sexuality," she is quoted stating in the documentary. "He touched me wherever he wanted, he kissed me wherever he wanted and I was shocked. He put his hand inside my clothes so I asked him to stop and he said: Do you know what, if you really want to work in this industry I don't think you've got the right attitude," she added.