Marriage is not a disqualification in Bollywood: Shabana
Actor Shabana Azmi (right) feels that the idea of marriage being detrimental to the careers of female actors, is rather conservative. “This is no longer the case. I do not agree that marriage is a disqualification,” said Shabana. The 66-year-old star said actors get married at an appropriate age now.
“What happens, is girls get married at an age when they are ready, by which time they have played their parts as leading ladies that are sort of in the heroine mode. By the time they get married, they look for more substantial roles and so the roles that come their way are appropriate to their age,” she added. Shabana, who through her work strongly supports the empowerment of women, says the role of women in Indian cinema has changed.
“If you look at the 1960s, you see Meena Kumari was the heroine for the film that was titled Main Chup Rahungi–– which means remaining silent was considered a virtue for women,” she said, adding how it was left to the parallel cinema to portray women differently.
“Owing to the weight that many of our female actors have brought to the films and their roles, more such films are being written, and importantly they are being commercially successful,” she said.