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Ayushmann Khurrana on casting couch experience: ‘He asked me to show him my tool’

Ayushmaan Khurrana shares his horrifying casting couch experience.


Casting couch exists in Bollywood, there were many examples in the past which support the theory, but not just women, men also become a victim of this unfortunate casting couch experience and one of them is Ayushmann Khurrana.

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In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, the Bala actor talks about an event where he was sexually propositioned for a lead role, by a casting director,  “A casting director had told me, ‘I’ll give you the lead role if you showed me your tool.’ I told him I’m straight and I politely refused his offer.” 

The actor also spoke about his journey, “Initially, there used to be auditions where they would take your solo test. Then suddenly, the number started increasing and there would be 50 people in the same room. When I protested, they asked me to leave. So I have faced rejections. Also, I’m well equipped to handle failure now because of the failures I saw at the very beginning of my career. Had I never witnessed the lows, I don’t think I would be able to handle it if it came now. Everything changes every Friday. I have just been lucky to have a few great Fridays in the last two-three years.” 

On the work front, Ayushmann Khurrana was last seen in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan in which he played the role of a homosexual, the film featured Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, and Gajraj Rao. He will be seen next in Shoojit Sircar’s comedy-drama Gulabo Sitabo, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan.

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