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Is age really just a number for Bollywood actresses, or a confinement?

Is age really just a number for Bollywood actresses, or a confinement?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kajol

Madhuri Dixit in ‘Aaja Nachle’, Aishwarya Rai in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, Sridevi in ‘English Vinglish’, and Tabu in ‘Haider’. What do you think is the common factor in these three divas and these respective movies of theirs? Well, let us tell you. All these actress made their comebacks with these movies. Nearly all of them were in their forties and extremely gorgeous (they still are). However, they all made a comeback playing a mother, or some other role that exaggerated the fact that they are ageing.

Don’t get us wrong, we are not saying that playing a mother on-screen is bad in any way. After all, Late Nargis played a mother early in her career, in ‘Mother India’, and won numerous accolades. What we are saying is, when the actors who were once the co-stars of these beguiling divas, can play roles decades younger than they actually are, romancing half-their-age actresses, what is stopping these charming ladies to do the same?

We have seen the Khans, Akshay Kumar, and many actors who are in their forties and even fifties, playing college goers, and even 20-year-olds. However, the rules change when actresses come into picture.

Recently released ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ showed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan romancing Ranbir Kapoor, and we loved the electrifying chemistry. However, Aish’s character here was again constrained by age, as she was shown to be divorcee, much older than Ranbir. If you see, the age gap was not much evident between the two, and could have been foregone, but then again, the question comes in. Why are actresses past a certain age required to play roles of older woman?

We saw Tabu essay her role to perfection in ‘Haider’, and just can’t think of anyone else to do justice to the role more than her. However, at the age of 43, she was playing mother to Shahid Kapoor, while in the same year Saif Ali Khan, who is of the same age, was playing a 20-something in ‘Humshakals’, and even in ‘Happy Ending’, and though both the movies were not successful, the audience accepted him easily in the age group.

Same goes for even Kajol, who started playing a mother from ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, which continued in ‘Fanaa’ and in more recent times, ‘My Name Is Khan’ and even ‘We Are Family’ where she played a mom to three kids. No doubt all of those were beautiful performances, but we feel she is so much more than just a mother on screen, there are so many shades of the plethora of talent she possesses.

It can be said that people have become used to the fact that if an actress is married, or over 35, she is confined to certain roles only, defined by her age.

Sad, given that the makers are leaving so much potential untapped, just because of a number, which has not much relevance, unless visible.

Flip the tables, and there are very few examples that can boast of not stereotyping the age factor of female actors. Agreed ‘Dilwale’ was not a run-out-of-the-mill kind of an experience, but we have to admire the fact that Kajol was the one playing the love interest of Shah Rukh Khan, be it their twenties romance, or a later, much matured one. That was one movie where the actress was not constraint by age factors forcibly. And accept the fact; we all loved the chemistry of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, much more than any other actress with the superstar.

This is one question that troubles us every time an actress makes a comeback. From Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor to Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerjee, they all have worked with top actors and carved a niche for themselves in the industry, but while the same actors have enjoyed decades of stardom and are in no mood of stopping (though we are not complaining), the actresses have slowly faded into oblivion, making a forgotten comeback once in a while. Even if they do make a comeback, those are the roles that complement their age more than their talent.

Let’s hope that in coming years we get to see the practice not that frequent.

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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Alia's 'hike' affair, Ranbir's 'Dilli Wali Girlfriend' and endless rebound reports. Justified?

It has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s cutest couples, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra have parted ways. Breakups are always hard, be it a celeb or a commoner; but looks like it is harder for stars as rumours always find a way to rub salt into their wounds.

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Just few days back, Alia was being linked to her ‘Brahmastra’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor, over a comment made by Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia‘s Vogue BFFs, and now, according to some reports, Alia is getting close to Hike messenger founder Kavin Mittal. And the base for these reports seem as baseless as the reports that were going rounds regarding Ranbir’s affiliation with a Delhi-based girl, if you remember. (Also Check: Watch: Alia Bhatt spotted with her friend at Pali Village café)

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Alia and Kavin met at the World Economic Forum in 2017, and since then have been good friends. In fact, even the sources of such reports have confirmed just the friendship, but have gone on to add that friendship can evolve into something else, you never know.

Sometimes, it's nice just to do nothing #kashmir #roadtrip

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Well, that’s just a very absurd prediction to make. What a relationship evolves into or not, is something totally based on probabilities and circumstances. And unless there is any incident to prove that something is brewing between two people, how can anyone go on to speculate that two people are dating, or even can date. Can they just not be friends?

This does take us back to the time when Ranbir Kapoor had broken up with Katrina Kaif, and soon after, reports of him dating a Delhi-based girl has surfaced. Of course, those were busted soon after, when it came to foray that she was just a fan who requested for a selfie. Unnecessary negative publicity for both of them.

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Makes one wonder, as to where does the fine line between truth and speculation blur, so as to give birth to blatant lies. They say there is no fire without spark, but what’s the status of statements that have been created out of thin air, pushed out of context, with feelings and logics thrown out of the window? Something to ponder about.

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