AVENG­ING PAR­ENTS MAKE AN IM­PACT

Sev­eral Bol­ly­wood A-lis­ters pick revenge dra­mas to re­turn to the screen af­ter a hia­tus

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri

San­jay Dutt in Bhoomi (re­leas­ing soon) and Sridevi in Mom (re­cently re­leased) have some­thing in com­mon with Raveena Tan­don in Maatr (April 2017) and Aish­warya Rai Bachchan in Jazbaa (Oc­to­ber 2015). All of them were among the most soughtafter lead ac­tors of their time; were ab­sent from the big screen for a while; and then made — or will make, in San­jay’s case — an im­pact­ful come­back by play­ing a par­ent who goes all out for revenge af­ter their child is harmed or threat­ened. Is this, then, the per­fect come­back role?

Bol­ly­wood trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han ex­plains, “Ac­tors want­ing to come back to films choose dif­fer­ently. They are of­fered a host of op­tions, but choose a film where they can ex­plore so many el­e­ments: drama, anger, and revenge.”

Mo­han adds that it is be­cause of the easy emo­tional con­nect with fam­i­lies that makes these ac­tors project them­selves as a par­ent. “Ac­tion, when mixed with emo­tions, al­lows them to por­tray a dif­fer­ent im­age in front of the view­ers,” he says.

Raveena, who played the tit­u­lar role of a mother in Maatr, out to take revenge on the peo­ple who raped and killed her daugh­ter, feels that the choice shouldn’t be seen only as a ma­nip­u­la­tive strat­egy. “Per­son­ally, I took up such a role in Maatr be­cause I have three daugh­ters my­self, and had faced mo­lesta­tion in my younger years. This role al­lowed me to show the frus­tra­tion of the com­mon man who does not get jus­tice,” she says.

While many might see this as a trend, San­jay Gupta, di­rec­tor of Jazbaa, says that it is merely a co­in­ci­dence that all these films have top ac­tors re­turn­ing in lead roles as aveng­ing par­ents. “Ac­tors don’t look at this as­pect specif­i­cally. The only thing they want is a good script,” says Gupta.

Sridevi has said some­thing sim­i­lar. She said in a past in­ter­view, “I wasn’t con­sciously plan­ning to pick up any­thing for bet­ter re­lata­bil­ity with the audience. When some­thing comes to me and touches my heart, I do it.”

rishabh.suri@htlive.com PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

L-R: Raveena Tan­don in Maatr; Aish­warya Rai Bachchan in Jazbaa; and Sridevi in Mom; Be­low: San­jay Dutt, whose next film is Bhoomi

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