‘Older male ac­tors can ro­mance young hero­ines, but not vice versa’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh

Tele­vi­sion ac­tor Jennifer

Winget (above) feels that age should just be a num­ber when it comes to ac­tors get­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties in the film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try. While she feels that the idea of a hero­ine hav­ing a shelf life is grad­u­ally fad­ing, she says that it will take time for it to com­pletely van­ish.

“I’d like to be­lieve that the in­dus­try has come a long way. Fe­male ac­tors are no longer pri­mar­ily known for their looks — their out­stand­ing per­for­mances also get talked about. But it’s also true that the ra­tio of new faces be­ing in­tro­duced, is far more than the cur­rent crop of tal­ented ac­tresses,” says Jennifer, who has acted in shows such as Saraswatichan­dra and Dill Mill Gaye.

The ac­tor doesn’t un­der­stand why older male ac­tors play­ing the love in­ter­est for younger hero­ines is con­sid­ered nor­mal, but vice versa is not ac­cepted. “Tech­ni­cally, the more ma­ture the ac­tor is, the bet­ter the per­for­mance, right?” she says.

Draw­ing a com­par­i­son with the West, Jennifer adds, “We look to them for ev­ery­thing else, but I don’t see [ac­tor] Meryl Streep deal­ing with age as a bar­rier, when act­ing in some of the best films. But times are chang­ing ... Madh uri Dixit, Ka­jol, Sridevi have all been carv­ing a niche for them­selves,” she adds.

I don’t see [ac­tor] Meryl Streep deal­ing with age as a bar­rier, when act­ing in some of the best films JENNIFER WINGET, AC­TOR

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