‘It’s not easy for girls to make it big’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Ro­hit Vats

Af­ter his foray into web se­ries with Fifty Shades of Grey-in­spired se­ries Maaya, film­maker Vikram Bhatt (right) is com­ing up with two more shows for ne­ti­zens: Shid­dat and Gehraiyaan.

Shid­dat is based on the strug­gles of an as­pir­ing ac­tor. “I’ve been up, close and per­sonal with ac­tors, and I know that it’s not easy for a girl to make it big in the man’s world. Women have a shelf life in Bol­ly­wood, but men don’t. The three Khans are all 50-plus,” says Bhatt.

He feels Bol­ly­wood is now open­ing up to strong fe­male leads. He says, “When I made Ka­soor (2001), with a strong fe­male pro­tag­o­nist, a big di­rec­tor called me and said, the film would have worked bet­ter had you re­placed hero­ine with hero.”

Bhatt says both the shows are go­ing to be raw and hard­hit­ting: “They won’t hold back punches. They will also show a bit of un­der­world, and how women tact­fully han­dle all sorts of pres­sure,

some­times ten­der, some­times ma­nip­u­la­tive.”

He snaps back when asked about the medium. “On web, you don’t need to bother about the com­pul­sions at­tached to fea­ture film­mak­ing. There’s no worry of mul­ti­plexes, screens, songs etc.” ctor Shaleen Bhanot (above) has been through var­i­ous trou­bles in his per­sonal life and af­ter his much-talked about di­vorce with ac­tor-wife Dal­jeet Kaur, he’s been try­ing hard to get back to life and fo­cus more on work. The cou­ple who got mar­ried in 2009 and sep­a­rated in 2015, filed for di­vorce by mu­tual con­sent in July, last year.

Mean­while, the ac­tor has been miss­ing his son, Jay­don, since the child mostly stays with the mother post di­vorce.

Re­cently, Shaleen was busy shoot­ing in Ran­tham­bore, for his next show, but that didn’t stop him from play­ing a dot­ing dad to his son.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, when Shaleen got to know that he has a day off in be­tween his shoot­ing sched­ule, he didn’t waste a sin­gle mo­ment and quickly planned a day-trip to Mum­bai. He booked his flight to Mum­bai for a day and made the most of it by spend­ing it with his son, whom he was meet­ing af­ter a gap of two long weeks.

“It was the most amaz­ing day ever. I thor­oughly en­joyed it with my son. These days are spe­cial, as we are bond­ing to­gether as fa­ther and son, and it is a huge de­vel­op­ment for me. I want to give him the best as a fa­ther and I hope I live up to his ex­pec­ta­tions,” says Shaleen.

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