In an interview with a news agency, the 31-year-old actor said that while he was working in the television industry, he was asked for sexual favours by a casting director.
"In fact, I have been through that initially when I was part of the industry. I was a TV anchor, so a casting director directly told me that I would have to do it. So, I told him that if I was not straight, I might have given it a thought, but I can't do it. So yeah, the casting couch exists, but eventually, it's your talent or potential as an actor or performer which would last. You don't need to give in to such stuff," said Ayushmann. [sic]
The 'Vicky Donor' actor said, on a personal level, he would not judge anyone if they take up the offer to become a part of tinsel town, but it is unethical on part of the casting director to ask for such favours.
Ayushmann added that only the talent is enough to prove oneself.
Apart from Ayushmann and Ranveer, a lot of celebrities like Kangana Ranaut and Kalki Koechlin have earlier spoken about the existence of the casting couch in the industry.