Bollywood actress makes sex charges against Tamil director

Surveen Chawla  of Sacred Games fame has spoken about her struggles with the casting couch. The popular television star has claimed in a recent interview that filmmakers wanted to see her thighs and cleavage.

Talking to Pinkvilla, she said, “A director wanted to see how my cleavage looked. Another director wanted to see how my thighs looked. I went to give this audition and the person told me, ‘You are overweight’. I was just 56 kilos and I thought the person needed to get his eyes checked.”

She said further: “Then came the South and that was my biggest blow. I faced the casting couch thrice. There was a time I was asked to accompany a film director for a recce and I was told ‘I want to know every inch of your body’.”

She added: “I just started ignoring calls from then on. There was another ridiculously big director down South, a National Award-winning director. I had a very long audition there, it almost lasted a shift. I had to do various things — recite a monologue and saying something impromptu. I was unwell and I returned after the audition. Then the director suddenly offered to come to Mumbai as I was unwell. I found it very creepy and said ‘No, thank you’.”

Her experience in TV didn’t make it easy for her either. “Yes, there was a time when people told me you are overexposed because of television. For some time, I tried to hide it from producers and tell them I did TV only for a year, but I realised later that ‘Why am I doing this?’ Isn’t it going to be easier for a team to get someone who already knows how to do their lines?,” she said.

Surveen debuted in Bollywood with 2011 film Hum Tum Shabana but her breakthrough role was in Hate Story 2. Surveen has also featured in critically-acclaimed films like Uglyand Parched.

Before films, Surveen Chawla was a name to reckon with on the small screen. She became a household name after featuring in the lead role in Kahin To Hoga (2003 to 2007). She followed it up with shows like Kasautii Zindagi Kay and Kaajjal. Surveen simultaneously made a few regional films in this duration.