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Lara Dutta on exploring new characters in her 40s

Friday, January 14, 2022 • Hindi Comments
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Lara Dutta on exploring new characters in her 40s

Poor representation of women in cinema has been a downside of Bollywood since decades. Many actresses have opened up about how they don't get any good roles after reaching a certain age. However, that is not the case with actress Lara Dutta, who is exploring a variety of new characters in her 40s. In her recent interview with Gulf News, Lara talked about how age has worked in her favour in expanding her body of work.

She said, "Honestly, age has liberated me. Since I have come into my 40s, I am finally doing age-appropriate roles and I am finally playing the kind of characters that I have always wanted to portray as an actor. You know, I’ve never been somebody who’s come into the industry saying that I want to be the leading lady or that I want to be a hero. I wanted to be an actor and we’re finally getting those kinds of roles being written for us. I honestly believe the cohort of women between the ages of 35 and 55 years was never addressed. Nothing was made on them."

Talking about the cliche female roles that were prevalent in the past, Lara stated, "Either you play that long-sacrificing mother or that pati-vrata (husband-adoring wife) lady, but that’s such (expletive)! Pardon my French, but you get so tired of being tasked with such roles … At some point when I entered my 30s, I just got tired of playing the same kind of characters. And so that sabbatical when my daughter was born … was a blessing in disguise."

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