Divyanka Tripathi shares her casting couch experience, says she was asked to be with director to get her ‘big break’


Actor Divyanka Tripathi has sensationally revealed that she was once asked to be one director to secure a ‘big break’ in the entertainment industry.

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor told an entertainment website, “I was very naive then, was almost a kid. I didn’t know people talk like that, I just knew what is wrong and right. Then I got an offer from somewhere, that you have to be with this director and you will get a big break. But why me? I was told that ‘you are really intellectual, this, that.’ Selling it like my life will be made just by that and everyone is doing it.”

Without revealing the name of the person, Divyanka told Bollywood Bubble, “During your first break, people take advantage of you in many different ways. I think it is important that you go through it. You go through all these weird phases, where you use your brain and maintain your sanity walking forward.

“For example, contractually, you get looted. Going from that phase to some production person falling for me and trying to entice me. Being not interested, hence, he decided to take revenge that he will ruin my life. Gave wrong news about me, troubled me; so that was a revenge mode.”

Divyanka, who’s become a popular face of the Indian TV industry, said that her experience of casting couch was long before the MeToo movement gripped India.


They will convince you in such a way that everyone in the industry is doing it. If you don’t do it then you will stay behind. Nothing can happen in your career. In fact, they have sometimes gone to the level that if you don’t do it then we will ruin your career. But I would have a lot of fun because I knew this was all rubbish. I had seen it in the beginning, I had got my first job based on my talent. So if I got my first job based on my talent, so the next will also be the same,” she added.

Earlier, Vidya Balan too had finally opened up about her own experiences of casting couch in the film industry and how she faced rejections by filmmakers early on in her career.