Hero­ines are no longer play­ing glam dolls: Azmi

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Actor Sha­bana Azmi (right) is quite im­pressed with the kind of roles played by hero­ines in films to­day. She says, in the past, hero­ines were merely adding glam­our to films, and the sce­nario has com­pletely changed to­day. “Ear­lier, girls were only play­ing glam­our dolls on screen. There is a shelf life for that — at 30, her ca­reer is over. But to­day there are fe­male ac­tors who are 36-37 years [old] and are get­ting good parts. It’s a long way from be­ing per­fect, but a start has been made. Fe­male ac­tors are recog­nis­ing the worth of do­ing good work. You need to slip into sup­port­ing parts and that can hap­pen if you are play­ing sub­stan­tial roles. If you only play the glam­our doll and you want to cling on to the image, then it will be dif­fi­cult. But if you don’t, you will pro­long your ca­reer,” says Sha­bana.

The 66-year-old actor says the present crop of fe­male ac­tors is do­ing well. “Look at Anushka Sharma (far right), I am im­pressed with her. She is pro­duc­ing films at the peak of her ca­reer and both the films are so un­con­ven­tional. Look at Vidya Balan — the brave choices, which she has made as an actor. The kind of roles Alia Bhatt is do­ing, too, are won­der­ful,” she says.

“Act­ing it­self is chang­ing. This change is be­cause of the ad­vent of the cast­ing direc­tor. Ear­lier, there would be stock char­ac­ters, who would be seen in ev­ery film. Now cast­ing di­rec­tors are bring­ing fresh faces,” adds Sha­bana, who was last seen in film­maker Aparna Sen’s Sonata.

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