Unadulterated Arrogance

Friday, March 18, 2005

The casting couch.

  • Scene 1: A well known actor is seen mingling with an up and coming actress in a hotel suite.
  • Scene 2: Slowly but steadily he plays his card at debauching her; for services rendered, the well known actor will make the aspiring actress a 'star'
  • Scene 3: The upcoming actress is in fact an undercover reporter, the events that unfolded in the hotel room are then splashed across the papers the next day and a tirade against the casting couch in the Movie Industry is on.

Why is it that the tirade against the casting couch in the movie industry is always from the headquarters of the moral police rather than the victims themselves? Well it is so because there are no victims, that is why. When you go to a car showroom to buy a brand new car, you see, you buy what you like,pay for it and then drive away in your dream car. In the movie industry, the struggling actor's desire is of fame and fortune, the currency used in the purchase of this dream is usually amoral favours. If the aspiring actor/actress is able to achieve their dreams albeit in a shady manner; then why is it that the moral police is crying foul. The aspirant if he/she were sure of their abilities would not succumb to the pressures of the casting couch and would walk the moral high-ground, those who succumb to the pressures are not talented enough to make it on their own and hence owing to lack of confidence they use the amoral currencies at their disposal for the barter involving their dreams.

Casting couch is not immoral, its quid pro quo i.e favours for favour. The actors are not complaining, in exchange for their 'favours' they benefit from a benevolent godfather who can make them overnight stars; its capitalistic commercialisation at its best. So why is the moral police berating the said practice?.. because there is publicity involved. If it were not so, the moral police would be exercising their clout where it really matters i.e. the cause of the ordinary girl next door who has to go through harassment at her very ordinary job..but no!!!the whole world listens only when stars are involved so lets just forget the hassles of the ordinary girl next door and focus on the already immoral sluts of the movie industry.


  • The capitalist-right winger(?) speaks :)
    Here's my reaction to the whole issue:
    Frankly nobody cares about the casting couch anymore. Infact, two other people(an actor & a producer I think) were approached by the same reporter using the same alias to entice them into a similar scandal.They have filed a law suit against the newspaper.The whole thing has been written off as a plot by the said newspaper to get stories. I remember Madhur Bhandarkar fighting a case against an upcoming actress who accused him of harrassing her. That did not affect Madhur Bhandarkar's movie career in anyway.The point, I am making here, is nobody cares- the hype created by such rumours hardly lasts in the janta's mind.And newspapers carrying such news items are definitely not the moral police of the society.Its plain yellow journalism.
    And yes like you, I wish "the cause of the ordinary girl next door who has to go through harassment at her very ordinary job.." got the same amount of publicity.

    By Blogger wookie, at 3/18/2005 04:35:00 PM  

  • Everyone knows about the existence of the casting couch..so I wonder what the brouhaha is all about. It's just a case of a TV channel trying to harness some cheap publicity, incidentally it's the only party who is gonna benefit from all this publicity
    The casting couch has thrived and will continue to do so.. thanks to aspirants who want to make it big..and quick...they should follow the example who have made it big..without the casting couch(?) Ouch! ;)

    By Blogger Sangeeta, at 3/19/2005 07:26:00 AM  

  • well nice to know that I am not the only one who feels the same.

    By Blogger injinuity, at 3/20/2005 11:43:00 AM  

  • err its a TV channel not a newspaper.

    By Blogger wookie, at 3/21/2005 07:35:00 AM  

  • Hollywood people live in their own little world and have their own version of morality... Rules of us common mortals do not apply. I say leave them alone... let them fight it out among themselves.

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 3/21/2005 02:46:00 PM  

  • Irina, I agree with everything you said except the part about 'us' common mortals.. who you 'calling common mortal' my friend? ;-)

    By Blogger injinuity, at 3/22/2005 11:56:00 AM  

  • Nice post !

    U have a message in my blog u can check it here (comments section)

    By Blogger fantababy, at 3/22/2005 05:07:00 PM  

  • "Us common mortals" = I was being sarcastic! ; )

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 3/23/2005 03:15:00 PM  

  • Iriiina Madam, so was I ;-)

    By Blogger injinuity, at 3/23/2005 10:27:00 PM  

  • For the umteenth time : History teaches us that we never learn anything from history.

    How many scandals? it's just yet another publicity stunt ... No use talking about Holy Wood and their 'Morals'. People usually talk about things they dont have ... So ... Its no surprise they actually have a 'Moral Police' ROTFL ... This applies to all Film Industries ...

    By Blogger Loveena, at 3/30/2005 12:58:00 AM  

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