‘Ac­tors be­ing type­cast isn’t re­lated to age’

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At 22, she played mother to a 15-yearold in the TV show Has­ratein. Now 20 years later, sea­soned Bol­ly­wood ac­tor She­fali Shah (left) has gar­nered praise for play­ing mother to ac­tors Ran­veer Singh and Priyanka Cho­pra in her latest re­lease. How­ever, she says that slot­ting of fe­male ac­tors in the in­dus­try is not based on age. “I don’t think it has too much to do with the age as much it has with your im­age on-screen,” says She­fali. The 42-year-old, who has done films like Gandhi My Fa­ther (2007), The Last Lear (2007) and Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), also points out that it is the in­dus­try that type­casts ac­tors. “Un­for­tu­nately, peo­ple say, ‘the in­dus­try type­casts you’. But the thing is that Bol­ly­wood com­prises of film­mak­ers and ac­tors. The ac­tors say, ‘I’m an ac­tor and I will play a mother, daugh­ter, war­rior... I will play any­thing’. But some­body has to cast you that way,” says She­fali.

“The film in­dus­try needs to break stereo­types. They have to give that chance to ac­tors and say, ‘Oh! This ac­tress is fear­less and she says that I am 20, but I will play 40 or I’m 30, but will play 65, so give them some­thing of value’,” she adds. She­fali is now happy to see more wom­en­cen­tric films on the big screen.

How­ever, she says that slot­ting of fe­male ac­tors in the in­dus­try is not based on age. “I don’t think it has too much to do with the age as much it has with your im­age on­screen,” says She­fali.

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