Shefali Shah: In the ‘80s, the heroine in films was an art prop, I never aimed to do those roles

Actor Shefali Shah has taken fairly a number of daring steps in her profession, the foremost being taking part in a mom to a 15-year-old in a present, when she herself was simply 20.

In an trade the place feminine actors get simply stereotyped, and there’s additionally speak about how they’ve a “shelf life” for lead roles, one wonders how Shah managed to make her area?

“As an actor, the joy lies in being able to play roles that you are not. If I get a chance to play a sofa or alien, I would love it. Age is just one of the things,” she says.

The actor goes on to confess, “I wasn’t who I was at that point of time, and decided this was the challenge. I didn’t even think about it. Before Waqt (in which she played Amitabh Bachchan’s wife), I did Hasratein on small screen. I was all of 20 and played mother to a teenager. There was no thinking behind it.” 

In her 40s now, she agrees that feminine actors do get stereotyped, regardless of the widespread perception that stronger components and progressive narratives are being written for them.

“I played a mother onscreen so early on in my career, so (it’s the notion), ‘Now you have lost chances’. I did that because that’s the whole point of being an actor, right?,” asks the actor, who garnered a variety of reward for headlining the net present Delhi Crime, with the second season underway.

Shah remembers the bygone eras when feminine actors weren’t given meaty sufficient roles to play.

“In the ’80s, there was a fixed costume of a heroine, and not the physical costume, but this is what a heroine is, she is an art prop. She will look beautiful, support the hero, dance, get saved by hero. I didn’t ever aim to go there. Acting happened to me incidentally, I never planned,” she says.

Shah was in faculty when she was provided some serials after which Rangeela (1995) and Satya (1998) got here her means. “Midway, when I was working full-fledged on TV, I realised I was loving it. I didn’t have a manger, or anyone promoting me. I never went to ask for work, it came to me. I never asked for it, and it’s not an ego thing. I thought if any director find me fit, he or she will offer it to me,” concludes the actor.

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Reference: HT

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