MOM’S THE WORD IN BOLLYWOOD?
Here’s asking the industry if marriage or motherhood affect an actor’s career
Last week, actor Kareena Kapoor Khan’s pregnancy made headlines. Along with it came speculation about her work and whether she’d complete the filming of her film, Veere Di Wedding. Producer Rhea Kapoor said, “Bebo’s a professional. She will start shooting for the film in August. Kareena’s going on with work and life as usual.”
Bebo’s news shifts the focus on an age-old debate: is it the end of the road for Bollywood heroines after marriage, especially those who become mothers? In the last few years, besides Kareena, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kajol, Vidya Balan, Genelia Deshmukh and Bipasha Basu Singh Grover, also got married (a few of them also have kids). “Women’s professional lives don’t stop after marriage or after the birth of their child,” Vidya told HT.
While Aishwarya starred in Jazbaa and Sarbjit, and is currently working on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Vidya has done films such as Hamari Adhuri Kahani and Te3n, and has many other projects lined up. However, Jazbaa director Sanjay Gupta says: “Let’s not mince words, but they (married actresses) don’t have much to look forward to in the ‘heroine’ bracket. No A-list hero would ideally like to work with them as their love interest,” he says. Trade expert Amod Mehra, thinks that if a top actor becomes pregnant, only then it might affect the industry and filmmakers. “(After marriage or kids) they get good parts, but mostly mature roles. They play a mom or sister,” he says.
Distributor-exhibitor Akshaye Rathi, however, feels nothing changes after marriage or kids. “What matters to the audience is a quality, entertaining film,” he says. But can they play a typical heroine? “That’s got only to do with the screen age. How can you compare Kareena to Alia?” he says.
Clockwise: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Genelia Deshmukh, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Geeta Basra