SRIDEVI, MAN­ISHA: YOUR FAVOURITES ARE BACK

Fe­male ac­tors of late ’80s and ’90s are all set for a come­back this year

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - TIME OUT - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.om

It seems to be a come­back sea­son on the big screen for fe­male ac­tors. While Sridevi will be seen play­ing a pro­tag­o­nist in Ravi Udyawa’s Mom, Tabu has fin­ished shoot­ing for Ro­hit Shetty’s Gol­maal 4.Raveena Tan­don, who was last seen in the film Maatr, will be part of a film ti­tled Shab. Af­ter Dear Maya, where Man­isha Koirala played the lead role. She is now busy with the biopic on San­jay Dutt that will see her repris­ing ac­tor Nar­gis’ char­ac­ter.

Film­maker Su­naina Bhat­na­gar, who di­rected Man­isha in Dear Maya, says, “They are known for pow­er­ful per­for­mances they had de­liv­ered in the past. The au­di­ences look for­ward to see them on screen again. Go­ing by their age, ear­lier only roles of mother were of­fered to them but now they are of­fered char­ac­ter driven parts.”

Agree­ing with Su­naina, ac­tor Raveena Tan­don says, “It’s a good time for women in In­dian cin­ema. To­day, women get equal op­por­tu­ni­ties like their male coun­ter­parts.”

Film critic Komal Nahta, opines that there is no doubt that the au­di­ence has a soft cor­ner for ac­tors who were pop­u­lar a decade ago and adds, “There is a level of in­ter­est for such ac­tors given their pop­u­lar­ity, but that doesn’t help the film to be suc­cess­ful. The con­tent of the film and how well it is pro­moted makes a dif­fer­ence. So films like Man­isha’s Dear Maya or Mad­huri Dixit’s Dedh Ishqiya and Aaja Nachle didn’t do well. But Sridevi’s Mom may score well given the buzz cre­ated around the film,” he says. Re­port­edly, Pre­ity Zinta’s Bhaiyyaji Su­per­hitt might re­lease to­wards end of the year. Even Juhi Chawla is in talks for her next film.

RAVEENA TAN­DON SAYS, IT’S A GOOD TIME FOR WOMEN IN IN­DIAN CIN­EMA AS THEY GET EQUAL OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES LIKE MALE AC­TORS

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

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