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