Mar­riage is not a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Bol­ly­wood: Sha­bana

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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.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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