"tell him that I will drop you home tomorrow morning."
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi revealed that a “big” director-producer asked her to spend the night with him.
The casting couch experience left her on “the verge of tears” but admitted it took her a while to understand what the filmmaker was “intending” to do.
Speaking to Siddharth Kannan, Suchitra recalled:
“I met this producer-director and he asked me ‘Are you closer to your mother or father?’
“We were meeting in a hotel and in those days, a lot of meetings happened in hotels.
“It was quite common. When asked by him, I said I am very close to my father.
“He said, ‘Very nice, then call your father and tell him that I will drop you home tomorrow morning’.
“Such things were very common back then.”
Suchitra explained that it took a few moments for her to process what was happening.
She continued: “I was almost on the verge of tears and I picked up all my stuff and I said ‘I am just coming sir’ and I ran out.
“First I didn’t understand what he was saying.
“You know it takes you a while to process… I was like ‘What will I do with him until tomorrow morning?’
“And then it started striking me what he probably intending.”
Stating that the film industry has changed for the better, she added:
“I think now the film industry is much more organised and disciplined. Also now if someone says things like these, you can put a tweet on social media, expose them.”
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi was previously married to Shekhar Kapur, however, they divorced in 2007.
She ended up blaming Preity Zinta for her failed marriage.
After the divorce, Suchitra wrote a poem on her blog and said that a “maneater” came in between her and Shekhar.
Sixteen years later, Suchitra still has not forgiven Preity.
She said: “I don’t need to (forgive her). She is not a part of my consciousness at all. All these things do not exist for me, which is a good space to be in.”
Suchitra was seen in the TV series Chunauti during the late 1980s before she appeared in the film Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa alongside Shah Rukh Khan.
She was last seen in the legal drama Guilty Minds, which streamed on Amazon Prime Video.