From being sari-clad, teary-eyed melodramatic
mothers to smart, strong and independent women - forty plus
actresses are having a ball in Bollywood. Seasoned actress Shabana
Azmi says this is the best time for women her age to be in Hindi
films.”Earlier, there was hardly any visibility in Bollywood
films for women over 40 years except for those cranky, motherly
and grandmotherly roles. But today, there are so many different
roles on the platter. Basically, with the kind of choices that
actresses my age are getting these days, this is a pretty time
to be in Bollywood,” Shabana told IANS in an interview.
Shabana has dabbled in a melange of powerful roles in “Ankur”,
“Mandi”, “Arth”, and “Masoom”
in the past to the more recent films like “Godmother”,
“Fire”, “Hari Bhari” “Morning
Raga” and “Dus Kahaniyaan” in her career spanning
over three decades.
The actress feels she is at the “right place at the right
time”. “I am getting delightful roles that can be
wicked, naughty, comic as well as usual positive roles,”
Shabana added that she now gets to be a part of light-hearted
films like “Loins of Punjab Presents” and “Honeymoon
Travels Pvt Ltd” in contrast to the serious roles she
is known for in parallel cinema.
“Today filmmakers are offering such a variety of roles
- from strong, dramatic and powerful roles, I am also getting
offers for comedy. The image of women has changed so much for
the better in the industry,” she said.