Ap­peal­ing old he­roes

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ -

WHILE In­dian actresses come with a de­fin­i­tive sell-by date, their male coun­ter­parts’ ca­reers dis­play spec­tac­u­lar elas­tic­ity. Take Amitabh Bachchan, 67, for in­stance. The le­gendary ac­tor con­tin­ues his glo­ri­ous in­nings in In­dian cinema even at this ripe old age. He is strad­dling tele­vi­sion, stage shows, brand en­dorse­ments and films with the con­sum­mate ease of a jug­gler.

Film­mak­ers have also in­dulged Amitabh by giv­ing him all sorts of roles – from Bab­ban Singh in RGV Ki Aag to a fa­ther in love with his teenage daugh­ter’s friend in Nishabd to a child suf­fer­ing from a rare af­flic­tion in Paa. All the films didn’t work, but the in­dus­try sure gave him enough lee­way to stretch him­self as an ac­tor. Such is un­think­able – as yet – for an In­dian ac­tress.

Sim­i­larly 60-plus south­ern su­per­star Ra­jnikanth aka Shivaji Rao Gaik­wad con­tin­ues to prance around trees with girls young enough to be his grand­daugh­ters. Af­ter be­ing paid Us$5.9mil (Rm18mil) for his role in Si­vaji (2007), he be­came the high­est paid ac­tor in Asia af­ter Jackie Chan. Other than act­ing, Ra­jinikanth also worked as a pro­ducer and screen­writer. He was be­stowed the Padma Bhushan, In­dia’s third high­est civil­ian hon­our, in the year 2000 for his con­tri­bu­tion to In­dian cinema.

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Dhar­men­dra, 76, who has ap­peared in more than 247 Hindi films con­tin­ues his cin­e­matic run with piv­otal roles. Re­cip­i­ent of the Film­fare Life­time Achieve­ment Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to Hindi cinema, he is of­ten re­ferred to as Bol­ly­wood’s orig­i­nal “Ac­tion King”. – Nee­ta­lal

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