Is Bollywood ready to give a chance to older heroines? Even Manisha Koirala and Farida are showing off their charm

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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There was a time when very few characters were written for older heroines in Bollywood. There was a demand for heroines of 30 years of age or less in films. Heroines above 40 were considered old. Whereas actors are easily getting lead roles and strong characters even till the age of 90. But there were no roles for heroines above 40-50. But now it seems that the film industry has accepted older heroines wholeheartedly and they are being welcomed with open heart. While Manisha Koirala made a comeback after a long time and showed her strength in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film 'Hiramandi' at the age of 53, 75 year old Farida Jalal also dominated. Manisha Koirala, who showed her acting skills in the 90s, has been on the rise for many years. After this she started appearing less in mainstream films. She appeared in small roles in Hindi films. When he did not get mainstream roles, he also did Nepali and some South films in between. But now she has enthralled the audience with the role of prostitute Mallikajan in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's series Heeramandi. Actresses whose careers had stopped due to their age have now got a new life.

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Photo: Manisha Koirala Instagram

Manisha Koirala's friends and family abandoned her during cancer, leaving the actress alone.

There were no roles for heroines like Farida Jalal, now the crowd looted in 'Hiramandi'

In an old interview in the year 2019, Farida Jalal had also expressed regret that now roles are not written for actresses of her age and only mother or grandmother's actresses get roles. After not getting any special work in films, Farida Jalal started working in web series and TV serials. It is good for OTT that now senior and older actresses are getting a chance. Farida Jalal had given life to the character of grandmother Qudsia Begum in 'Hiramandi'. The rest of the cast of 'Hiramandi' paled in comparison to Manisha Koirala and Farida Jalal.


Farida Jalal, Photo: Netflix India

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From Sharmila Tagore to Neena Gupta, they are getting opportunities, roles are being written.

Apart from these, there are some other old actresses like Neena Gupta, Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Dimple Kapadia and Jaya Bachchan, who are showing their strength in films after a long break. Neena Gupta once had to ask for work on social media and now even at the age of 64, her acting talent outweighs the young heroines. Neena Gupta is so established in the role of Principal Manju Devi in ​​'Panchayat' that people have started remembering her with the same character in real life too. Now Neena Gupta also has many films. Similarly, Shabana Azmi is also doing films again at the age of 73 and is happy that strong characters are being written for artists like her.


Photo: Neena Gupta Instagram

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Roles galore for older male superstars, not so for heroines

However, this is not the case with aging heroes. Since the beginning, films have been made for him, which are based on his character. While the film 'Piku' was centered on Amitabh Bachchan, it also featured stars like Irrfan and Deepika Padukone. At present, all the superstars from Bollywood to South are either 50 years old, or 60 and 70 years old. Amitabh Bachchan is 81 years old. But there has been no dearth of powerful characters for these stars. But this is not the case with heroines of the same age. As soon as a heroine crosses the age of 40, she starts getting mother-grandmother or similar characters. He is not considered suitable to play mainstream roles.


The thinking and attitude of the audience is changing

But the love that Manisha Koirala is getting after 'Hiramandi' is a big change. This is especially surprising for those cinema lovers who have been watching him since the 1991 film 'Saudagar'. Even today, whenever fans see Manisha, they go into 'Illu Illu' and 'Pyaar Hua Chupke Se' zone. Now the way Manisha is ruling people's hearts by becoming 'Mallikajan' and Zeenat Aman is getting brands and roles even at the age of 72, it shows how mature we are as an audience. Have become. Now we are accepting talent and personality more than figure. Believe me, there are many more 'diamonds' in the country, which need to be openly acknowledged.

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