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Elli AvrRam opens on her face-off with casting couch and sexism.

By Bombay Talkies 09 30, 2019 | 12:14 PM
The Greek Goddess and ex Bigg Boss participant opens up on her experience of facing the casting couch, sexism, and even bullying in the industry.

Almost every second person who seeks to earn a name for himself in the industry has been subjected to such evils. It has become quite a culture for the unjust utilization of power by superiors, and the entertainment world has had its share of problems. Coming to Bollywood, it is unquestionably not a safe place to be. It's plagued with various ills - regardless of whether it's sexism, casting couch or constant harassing.  Elli AvrRam is an actress of Swedish-Greek origin too decided to try her luck in Bollywood, also experienced a similar incident in life.

"I was told I needed to lose weight. They said I'm short and I was told about my forehead and my teeth. One girl who was connected to Bollywood told me, 'Oh, but sweetheart, you can never become an actress because you're too short. I choose not to listen to that. Within two months of me being in India, I felt I don't have it. Some felt I looked old like an aunty because of my long hair." she added.

It wasn't the end; she further mentioned that she had come across casting couch once again. She expresses, "I had gone for a few meetings. I met these two directors who especially shook my hand and scratched it with one of the fingers. After that one meeting, I asked my friend about it. He was shocked and said, "Oh, no, did he do that? Do you know what that means?' I didn't know, and he told me that he wanted to sleep with me."

Even though she featured in Mickey Virus opposite Manish Paul and a Bigg Boss season, things didn't exactly turn out as she would have expected. She included that she's also suffered harsh sexism in the business."It's been tough. I remember this very big movie where they wanted to have me and I was so excited to have that movie. Suddenly, the actor had problem and that's why the producer took a call and replaced me. That would have been it but it's been hard times."