Aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod’s previous experience with what is known as Bollywood's “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into the world’s largest film industry. Photo: AFP Aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod’s previous experience with what is known as Bollywood's “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into the world’s largest film industry. Photo: AFP
Aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod’s previous experience with what is known as Bollywood's “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into the world’s largest film industry. Photo: AFP

How to break into Bollywood if you aren’t Priyanka Chopra: from bad roles to MeToo, inside the world’s largest film industry

  • India is the world’s largest producer of films, but forging a career in the industry can be a challenge. Aspiring stars must beware its ‘casting couch’ culture
  • One casting director for advertisements says the number of actors vying for roles, as a step to film work, has more than doubled since 2014

Topic |   Asian cinema: Bollywood
Aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod’s previous experience with what is known as Bollywood's “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into the world’s largest film industry. Photo: AFP Aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod’s previous experience with what is known as Bollywood's “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into the world’s largest film industry. Photo: AFP
Aspiring actress Malhaar Rathod’s previous experience with what is known as Bollywood's “casting couch” culture underlines the challenges facing anyone seeking to break into the world’s largest film industry. Photo: AFP
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