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Slotting of actresses not age-related in Bollywood: Shefali Shah

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Slotting of actresses not age-related in Bollywood: Shefali Shah

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At 22, she played a mother to a 15-year-old in the TV show "Hasratein". Now 20 years later too, seasoned actress Shefali Shah landed a mother39s role in "Dil Dhadakne Do". She says slotting of actresses in the industry is not based on one39s age."I don39t think it has too much to do with the age as much it has with your image on screen," Shefali told IANS when asked if roles to actresses are given based on their age and marital status in the industry.The 42-year-old, who has done films like "Gandhi, My Father", "The Last Lear" and "Waqt: The Race Against Time", also pointed out that it is after all, the industry that typecasts actors."Before 39Waqt: The Race Against Time39, I did 39Hasratein39. I was 22 years old back then. I was playing a mother to a 15-year-old girl and then I did 39Waqt: The Race Against Time39, which was kind of a nail in the coffin.""Unfortunately, we people say 39The industry typecasts you.39. But I want to ask, 39Who is the industry?39 It39s the makers and the actors. The actors say, 39I39m an actor and I will play a mother, daughter, mermaid, warrior...I will play anything39. But somebody has to cast you that way," Shefali said.At the cost of "over-stepping", said Shefali, actresses who are "fearless" to play older roles should be "valued"."39Who is it that slots you?39 It is the industry, and who is the industry? It39s the makers, right? So, they have to be able to break it, they have to give that chance to actors and say, 39Oh! This actress is fearless and she says that I am 20, but I will play 40 or I39m 30, but will play 65, so give them something of value," said the actress.Shefali is now also happy to see more women-centric movies on the big screen, and feels the times for actresses is "changing"."As far as actresses are concerned, I39m extremely happy that it is changing...it has changed with 39Mary Kom39, 39Piku39, 39NH1039, 39Queen39 and 39Tanu Weds Manu39," she said.Shefali, whose performance in critically acclaimed films like "Satya', "Gandhi, My Father" and "The Last Lear" has been lauded, will be next seen in Karan Malhotra39s "Brothers" doing a guest appearance. She will play a character named Maria Fernandes.She said it39s a "a guest appearance", however, "according to me, it is the emotional connect, the emotional backbone of the film."
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