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Kamal Haasan lashes out at casting couch culture

Women have right to say no to couch, says actor.

Chennai: Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan on Tuesday lashed out at the ‘casting couch culture’, which choreographer Saroj Khan had defended, saying no woman should favour it and diminish the rights of women including his daughter in the film industry.

“It is the right of a woman to refuse to sit, lie down or kick away that couch, and no woman shall talk in favour of it and reduce (diminish) the rights of my sister and daughter who is also in the industry,” he said when asked at a media interaction to respond to Saroj Khan’s views.

“Woman has the right to say no to couch. Let them establish that. Let it (casting couch culture) not be justified. If someone talks supporting it, I will assume that they are talking against my sisters,” he said, looking pretty much perturbed.
When a reporter referred to Congress’ Renuka Chowdhury saying that casting couch was the ‘bitter truth’ of not just the film industry but at work spaces and even Parliament was not immune to it, Kamal retorted: “That’s yet another corruption in politics. We want to do away with it”.