Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju, the biopic of Sanjay Dutt is releasing on Friday, June 29. The excitement is getting a little too much to bear. Ranbir Kapoor has stepped into Sanjay Dutt’s shoes to tell us how he went through so many upheavals in his life. But one other thing that has got us really excited about the film is to watch Manisha Koirala again on the big screen.
She is 47 years old and playing the role of legendary actress Nargis Dutt in the film. Nargis was Sanjay Dutt’s mother. She made a comeback to the Bollywood with film ‘Dear Maaya’, now with ‘Sanju’ she will appear on screen soon, film ‘Prashthaanam’ in the pipeline and currently portraying an unfaithful wife in Netflix’s anthology film ‘Lust Stories’. The veteran actress has truly proved that it’s never too late to start afresh.
While Manisha Koirala, who has previously given huge hits with Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, is getting to play great characters, the fact that female actors above 40 are still being offered ‘mother’ roles, baffles her. She commented on the gender inequality prevailing in the Bollywood,
“Some of us started our families and got slightly deviated and came back to work now. It has taken a little bit of adjustment and time. For male actors, the focus has been continuously acting. The other factor is… well, I don’t know. Honestly speaking, the actors that I worked with are romancing 20-year-olds now but suddenly when you cross 40, for a woman, it’s a mother’s role.”
“This is something I am not able to accept or understand. But maybe in times to come, more content for females beyond the ’40s as well will be made. I guess that will take time and maybe eventually it will change.”
While talking about her role in the web series ‘Lust Stories’, she told
“…I was very apprehensive about how I will look. But the amazing thing about today’s time is nobody once mentioned ‘oh Manisha, your wrinkles are showing’. And even if somebody did, others would be ‘So what?’ It’s the age… the character. This is the magic of today. They accept. There is more inclusiveness. At least that’s a start.”
What a comeback after a battle with cancer, divorce and few life mistakes. She is such an inspiration!