Anurag Kashyap’s former assistant Jaydeep Sarkar has shared an episode from years ago when they were casting actors for a project and a female actor tried to suggest sexual favours in exchange for work.
As Anurag Kashyap fights allegations of sexual harassment, levelled by actor Payal Ghosh, many of his industry friends and colleagues have rallied in support. Anurag’s former assistant Jaydeep Sarkar has also defended the filmmaker on social media.
Jaydeep shared a string of tweets on Monday, recalling an incident from years ago when he was working with Anurag and a female actor suggested sexual favours in exchange for work. He said that Anurag outrightly refused it and felt disappointed at what some women have to do to get work in the film industry.
“This is the right time to recount this story. I was an assistant with @anuragkashyap72 in 2004. I was looking into secondary casting for ‘Gulaal’ and was meeting many actors. A young actress, who really wanted a part in the film insisted she wanted to meet Anurag,” he wrote. “She waited a while and then Anurag got done with a narration and agreed to meet her. The young actress probably assumed the only way to get the role was through the ‘casting couch’. She tried suggesting a few ‘favours’ verbally,” he added.