We do have a knack of adopting everything from the West – their fast-moving lifestyle, their festivals, their clothes and even their movies! We have their finest restaurants opening here, and their best brands in every nook and corner! Fortunately or unfortunately, they have a very big hand in shaping our lives today. Whether it’s for the good or the bad – I’d say each to his/her own.
In the midst of all this imitation, what’s interesting to note is, when it comes to Hollywood actresses working their charm even after crossing their 40s, we don’t seem to be quite keeping pace here. We just recently saw the world congratulate Meryl Streep and Judi Dench on bagging the Academy Awards. This year’s five best actress nominees were drawn from what was widely perceived as a field of six — not one of whom was under 35! Can we see that happening back home?
Here in Bollywood, we have have a plethora of new girls ready to replace the old ones every few years. Parineeti Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor have made it quite clear that they are here to win! Sexist as it is, this isn’t the case with our men – Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir still continue to rule while the Rekhas and Sridevis have long come and gone.
Another way to look at it would be that maybe Hollywood isn’t putting in enough effort to nurture new talent and we are leaving no stone unturned here? What I find most fascinating here is the reverse psychology of real and reel life! The west has a more fast-paced life where girlfriends and wives change faster than we would. As much as we stick to one person throughout our lives, we still have that innate need to see fresh faces on screens. Or maybe that’s exactly why this happens?
Then there’s another school of thought here in India – the idea of the girl getting married, settle down and take care of a home and once she crosses that mark, she is now taken and not as attractive; maybe because she’s out of reach now! Not like you’ll had a chance with her before this guys! C’mon cinema is showcased to appreciate acting, and when it comes to talent – Age must hold no bar.
Personally, I think we should learn to let our actresses grow and thrive through the years. After all wine only gets better with time. It’s laudable that so many actresses in Hollywood, past whatever a stereotypical studio executive might perceive as an “expiration date” have been successful. Maybe it’s time we let our actresses do the same?
By Krusha Sahjwani

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