MOM’S THE WORD IN BOL­LY­WOOD?

Here’s ask­ing the in­dus­try if mar­riage or moth­er­hood af­fect an ac­tor’s ca­reer

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Prashant Singh

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.

PHOTO: DEEPAK GUPTA/ HT PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

Clock­wise: Ka­reena Kapoor Khan, Genelia Desh­mukh, Aish­warya Rai Bachchan and Geeta Basra

PHOTO:PTI

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