holy games Actress Elnaaz Norouzi repeated the allegations she made against a prominent Bollywood filmmaker during the #MeToo movement, saying casting couch situations were quite common before the movement.
In an interview with Siddharth Kannan, the actress also opened up about her previous allegations against the filmmaker, saying that he tried to get her to drop out of Sacred Games and star in his film instead. She thanked her lucky stars as the film in question became, as she said, “the biggest flop of the year.”
When asked if the casting couch is widespread in the film industry, Elnaaz replied: “Yes, and especially before the #MeToo movement it happened a lot. It’s since gone sober because maybe people are more cautious. Who knows, maybe it’s still happening now and it’s worse for newcomers.”
Asked if reliving the incident was “traumatic,” she said: “Of course, but I think if I can help someone by telling my story, then it’s my duty to do it. It was a very, very bad experience for me, not just because of what happened, but because he told me – I was between Sacred Games and his film – and he told me not to do Sacred Games and his film instead make. With all the behavior and all the things he did, I realized that this was going to be the wrong choice. Look at where Sacred Games has taken me and this movie was the biggest flop of the year.
Besides Sacred Games, Elnaaz has appeared in the Israeli Apple TV+ spy series Tehran. She was last seen in “JugJugg Jeeyo” with Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Elnaaz is of Iranian descent and recently offered support for the ongoing protests in the country, which were pushed by young women by symbolically removing their clothes in an Instagram video.
During India’s #MeToo movement, Elnaaz had accused filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah of inappropriate behavior. The conversation about sexual harassment in the film industry was thrust back into the spotlight after #MeToo accused the filmmaker Sajid Khan’s attempts at rehabilitation about big boss.