Actress Divyanka Tripathi opens up about dealing with the casting couch when she was promised ‘a big break’. In a new interview, Divyanka also said that she received threats to ruin her career. However, Divyanka revealed that she would ‘have a lot of fun’ as she knew it was all rubbish.
In the interview, Divyanka Tripathi said that during the ‘first break’ of an aspiring actor, people try to take advantage in many ways. He said newcomers are ‘tempted’ into believing that all newcomers have the same experience.
In an interview to Bollywood Bubble, Divyanka said, “You finish a show, and then your struggle starts all over again. There was a time when there was no money. I had to pay my bills, EMIs etc. A lot. The pressure was there.. Then comes an offer, ‘You have to stick with this director and you’ll get a big break’. But why me? I was told ‘You’re really an intellectual, this, that.’ Selling it like my life will be made of that and everyone is doing it.”
Divyanka said, “This was before the #MeToo movement. People who give such offers will convince you in a way that everyone in the industry is doing it. This is how they lure you in that you will be left behind if you don’t. Nothing can happen in your career. In fact, they have sometimes gone to such a level that we will ruin your career if you don’t. But I would have a lot of fun because I knew it was all bullshit. I saw it in the beginning, I got my first job on the basis of my talent. So if I get my first job on the basis of my talent, the next one will be the same.”
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Divyanka rose to fame after playing the role of Vidya Pratap Singh in Banu Main Teri Dulhan (2006). She played the role of Dr. Ishita Iyer Bhalla in the widely popular show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. In 2017, she participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 8 and emerged as the winner. Last year, she participated in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11 and was the runner-up.