Casting couch does exist in entertainment industry, Faryal Mehmood

Web Desk|June 11, 2021
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Casting couch does exist in entertainment industry, Faryal Mehmood

Pakistan’s emerging talent and gorgeous actress Faryal Mehmood has proved her stellar acting performances in hit drama serials.

The actress received immense praise and appreciation for her portrayal of Insha’s character in hit drama serial Raqeeb Se.

Mehmood, who has been a refreshing face in the industry, recently appeared in an interview with local channel and opened up about her journey in the showbiz world.

The actress also made some shocking revelations about the existing reality of the casting couch and sexual harassment in showbiz industry.

Sharing the harsh reality of casting couch that aspiring young actresses have to face, Mehmood said, “They would ask me to go for a drive.”

The Be Adab actress said because she didn’t give in, she was constantly told by the directors and producers that she was a difficult actor to work with. “I won’t laugh at your vulgar jokes and will tell you not to have the same jokes again.”

Recalling her experience with a producer, Mehmood, said “There was one producer, who saw me on an event and called me and said that you need a stylist. Look at me, I mean do I need a stylist? I was working on my weight and dealing with a new body at that time.”

“The same person called me to his office, to the other side of the world (in Karachi) and then he tells me that you’ve got behavioral issues and why people don’t want to work with you. I keep giving your name and they keep rejecting you. The sad part is that i believed that,” said Mehmood.

She further said: “After six years i decided that I don’t want it anymore, i’ll do whatever i like. Here no one knows the professional language and how to speak. I’ve also worked outside this country. They teach you how to communicate with people ad taking work from them, without hurting them or disrespecting them.”

Mehmood, who has been a theatre artist in US, said that the Pakistani showbiz industry lack professionalism. “They have no manners and no professionalism. Now, all of them know me how I work. So, i don’t face anything like that anymore,” she said.

But the actress also said the main reason why a lot of young actors don’t speak out against harassment is the fear of losing work and getting blacklisted in the industry.

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