Mumbai: Payal Rohatagi has received the support of Bollywood actress-model Kashmera Shah in her fight against casting couch by Dibakar Bannerjee.

Rohatagi has alleged the 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha' director of taking advantage of her under the pretext of casting her in his next film.

Kashmera said, “Casting couch exists as far as smaller films are concerned, B and C grade types. I feel sad for Payal because she is a talented girl who could do much better. Unfortunately with her exposing this thing, she hasn't got the backing that she should have got from women.”

"I didn't meet or have a word with Payal. But Payal doesn't seem the kind of a person who would lie about something like this. But unfortunately our industry has seen this trend, where Mamta Kulkarni came up with something like this and she got ousted. Nobody wanted to work with her again" Kashmera said.
 
 "But the way Payal has said or the way she has put it... unfortunately I don't know the people she has dragged in. So I don't know if they are those kind of people. I don't know why Payal would do this... she should have just said a No and moved on and not met the person again," she said.

The allegations by Payal have led to a war of words with other filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra coming in defense of Dibakar.

Kashmera said, "They say people do it for publicity... I doubt if any woman would do this. I feel sad.”

(Agencies)