Casting Couch stories in Bollywood aren’t new. There have been many instances where upcoming actors and actresses have claimed that producers and directors asked for sexual affairs in return for a role in the movie.
The latest such allegation from actress Geetika Tyagi, who was last seen in the ‘One by Two’, against ‘Jolly LLB’ director Subhash Kapoor.
The actress recently tweeted stating that the director forced himself on her about a year-and-a-half ago. The actress also posted a video on YouTube, in which she confronts the director about the sexual assault.
The 31 minute long video also features Subhash Kapoor’s wife Dimple Kharbanda. In the video Dimple Kharbanda is seen pleading with Tyagi and her boyfriend, director Atul Sabharwal, to keep the matter private. "Sab kuch khatam ho gaya hai.. ek hi cheez bachhi hai, uss bachhe (their son) ka future," Kharbanda says in tears.
On his part director Subhash Kapoor seems remorseful in the video even offering the actress his cheek to slap.
“This is not a defense. I was told that by coming here, it would probably help you (Geetika). From last one and a half years, there has not been a single day when this incident has not crossed my mind. I have never ever been part of anything like this in the past. But it has happened with me and I regret it,” the director can be heard saying.
Alongside the video, Tyagi has written, "My intentions of uploading this video is to caution those girls who will come in contact with this man, Subhash Kapoor, socially or professionally and will make the mistake of looking up to him as father-figure or as an elder brother and trust him and... for all girls who, if god forbid become victims of sexual assault, not to give in to pleading of their attacker’s wife, sister, mother, daughter or any woman who asks for your forgiveness for attacker... (sic)".
She also tweeted thanking Atul Sabharwal for encouraging her to make the video public. Sabharwal, who directed Arjun Kapoor starrer Aurangzeb, last year, tweeted back his support.
"@TyagiGeetika more power to you. May this end the mental suffering that you've been going through ever since," Sabharwal said.