After beating cancer a few years ago, actress Sonali Bendre recently made her OTT debut with The broken news. During an interview, the 47-year-old actress mentioned how the male actors she worked with in the 90s are still more popular than the actresses of that era.
“The actors I’ve worked with are still working”
Bendre explained that Bollywood actresses of her time are not seen in any projects these days. In a recent conversation with News18the actress shared, “The actors I worked with are still working, while me and other women from that era are no longer in that area.”
She continued: “However, there is a lot of debate about it and I am convinced that it is heading in the right direction. I’m thrilled that we finally have the opportunity to do things that we love, and I believe that’s true not just in India, but all over the world.”
On the changing dynamics of Bollywood
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The Sarfaroch The actress also weighed in on how the OTT culture has changed everything in Bollywood for the better, saying, “I think these OTT platforms have given a chance to smaller films, different types movies and niche topics. For a very long time, there was no place where you could have these voices, where you could see them. These platforms have given these voices a space.
Speaking about the positive reactions received from people and reviews for her latest web series, the actress further added, “There’s always this concern about what the comments will be when you’re acting or posting something, especially something so public….There is definitely some hesitation because I want the public to like what I show…”
Bollywood and its ageism problem
As much as Bollywood is changing its dynamic presenting us with more and more versatility in the industry, there is no denying the fact that we still lack all the talent that Bollywood actresses of the 80s and 90s had to offer. While male Bollywood actors from the Sonali Bendre era still enjoy an array of opportunities, there are immense the ageism that Bollywood actresses face.
In Bollywood, where the lifespan of actresses is much shorter than that of their male counterparts, the actress’ latest comments on the subject certainly mean a lot. We need more stories from women, for women and by women. Why does this misogynistic and patriarchal society inculcate, albeit without a specific goal, a mindset that older women are less relevant?
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