‘HERO­INES HAVE TO LOOK PER­FECT’

Sridevi says that fe­male ac­tors are un­der pres­sure to al­ways look good even if ‘they feel like hell’ in­side

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Hers has been one of the most en­dur­ing ca­reers in In­dian cin­ema, span­ning Bol­ly­wood and re­gional film in­dus­tries. That makes Sridevi (right) — ac­claimed ac­tor, glam­orous star, box of­fice queen of her hey­days, and Padma Shri award win­ner — the per­fect per­son to say what it means to be a woman in this high-pres­sure in­dus­try.

Since be­ing a star is still a lot about one’s ap­pear­ance, Sridevi says that it’s not an easy task for fe­male ac­tors to con­sis­tently main­tain stan­dards of per­fec­tion. They’re al­ways un­der pres­sure to look good, even when they’re not on cam­era, she says. That pres­sure has only been in­creased by the age of so­cial me­dia.

“If an ac­tor posts a pic­ture of her­self, where she looks tired, or [is] just wear­ing a bun, then peo­ple start com­ment­ing. They say things like, ‘What is she look­ing like’, ‘What chap­pal is she wear­ing,’” says Sridevi. “Then, as an ac­tor, you feel, ‘Why give a chance to any­one to do that?’ You bet­ter look your best, even if you’re go­ing through hell in­side,” adds the ac­tor, whose re­cent re­lease Mom has gar­nered much ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

As for her­self, Sridevi says that she man­aged to steer her ca­reer while keep­ing the pres­sures at bay. She en­joyed be­ing a lead­ing lady — “I got to wear dif­fer­ent clothes, I got to do the best roles.” And she didn’t let box of­fice num­bers kill her sleep. “If the pic­ture does well, I’m sur­prised and happy; and if it doesn’t do well, then it’s part of your pro­fes­sion. You see what went wrong and try not to do the same mis­take,” says Sridevi.

IN HER LONG CA­REER, SRIDEVI HAS ACTED IN NOTED FILMS SUCH AS SADMA, MR IN­DIA, CHANDNI, AND LAMHE

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