Television actor Vijayendra Kumeria, who has worked in shows like Udaan and Naagin 4, recently took to social media to expose a fake casting call. Posting a series of Instagram stories, the actor shared the incident. It so happened that Vijayendra got a call from a casting agent, who said that his name is Mohit and that he was casting for an OTT show, but Vijayendra soon realised that it was a fake call.
Actor opened up on the same in an interview with Spotboye. “I got a call a few days back saying, ‘We are casting for a web series for Amazon and Reliance is producing it. The main lead is Ranbir Kapoor and the female protagonist is Yami Gautam. We are looking for another guy who will be a parallel lead.’ Now, being a TV actor for the last 8-9 years, I know who all are there in the industry who do casting for TV shows and of course all the production houses. But when it comes to OTT and Films I don’t know much about them as I haven’t done anything there till now. And the guy who called me was sounding so professional that I didn’t even get a thought that it’s a fake call. He shared the script with me, then narrated my character properly and asked for a self-test which I obliged. While sharing the video, I asked him to give me his email ID but he insisted I should share it on WhatsApp. In fact, after that he also told me to make a video in which I should be bare body just wearing boxers and that’s when I felt that something is not right here. A real casting director will never ask you to send such pictures and videos. I immediately told him that I know it’s a fake call and please stop calling and messaging me.”
The actor, in his next story, wrote, “As these days casting office’s are closed and actors are asked to shoot their looktest videos themselves and sen the, there are some people who have starting giving fake calls. Its very difficult to differentiate between a real and a fake one. They talk professionally with proper scripts and narrations. I usually understand when its a fake call but this one took sometime to get caught. No casting agency or personnel asks for an intro with boxer shorts or bare body shot. Beware of such calls guys.”