Wednesday March 20, 2019

Veteran Actress Poonam Dhillon Says Age Barrier Is Yet To Be Broken In Bollywood

Now, she will be seen in Sony Entertainment Television's new show "Dil Hi Toh Hai" and in a film helmed by Luv Ranjan.

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Poonam began her accidental career with Yash Raj Films
Poonam Dhillon says people have started accepting that today a female plays an equally important role in a film, Wikimedia

Poonam, who began her accidental career with Yash Raj Films’ “Trishul” 40 years ago and went on to feature in 80 to 90 movies, has been having an intermittent brush with showbiz over the past few years.

Now, she will be seen in Sony Entertainment Television’s new show “Dil Hi Toh Hai” and in a film helmed by Luv Ranjan — in both of which she plays a mother, but with different traits.

How does it feel to be back?

“Back? Where did I go,” asked the evergreen actress, breaking into a laughter.

Poonam's last Hindi film was "Ramaiya Vastavaiya"
Poonam will now be seen in Sony Entertainment Television’s new show “Dil Hi Toh Hai” and in a film helmed by Luv Ranjan. Wikimedia

“I’ve been very much around, enjoying doing things at my own pace rather than just working, working and working,” asserted Poonam, whose last Hindi film was “Ramaiya Vastavaiya” five years ago, but she did a Punjabi movie and a play in between.

She feels delighted to see the transition that the Hindi film heroine has undergone.

“People have started accepting that today a female plays an equally important role in a film. At one time, especially during the era of action heroes, women took a bit of a secondary role because heroes were doing most of the action. But look at ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. It saw Katrina Kaif doing as much action as Salman Khan perhaps.

“Women are given their due, and I think female-centric roles are also well-written. But it doesn’t matter who is in the centre — a male or female. As long as it is an entertaining, gripping film, people just enjoy it. Even if it is a cartoon character in it, they still enjoy it. It’s all about good entertainment,” Poonam said.

She has no complaints as far as her career is concerned, but doesn’t dismiss the fact that after a certain age, there aren’t enough roles for older women and men too.

Poonam feels delighted to see the transition that the Hindi film heroine has undergone.
“I always did things at my own pace,” said Poonam. Wikimedia

” ‘102 Not Out’ (featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor) was an exception. The age barrier still has to be broken in our Hindi films. Internationally, that’s not a barrier. You see a Jane Fonda doing a romantic scene even at 80 or a Meryl Streep in the central role. Various older actors are doing substantial and meaty roles.

“But we (in India) have to accept that a woman 50-plus still has romance in her life. It’s a reality of life that women have romance, traumas, dramas in their life. Very soon we are going to get there,” added Poonam, who is content with how her journey in the “unplanned and unpredictable career” has shaped up.

“This (acting) was not something I wanted to do or thought about doing. Once it happened, I started learning on the job because I was not a trained actor.

“I came in a bit unprepared and raw; so perhaps that’s what people thought was charming about me because I was naive, fresh and I wasn’t a typical wannabe actress… I wasn’t overtly ambitious, or tried to get films by hook or crook. I always did things at my own pace,” said Poonam, who always enjoyed reading, spending time with her family and studying.

Academics have been intrinsic to the life of the mother of two.

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“Three years after joining films, I continued doing my graduation. Then I wanted to do my masters, and recently I got a doctorate through two universities which has been very exciting. I wanted to do my doctorate.

“I got honorary doctorates which made me feel very fulfilled. These are the few things that make you good about what you have achieved, because nobody gives you one if you have not achieved anything in your life.” (IANS)

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Practice What You Preach: Celebrities Should Stand By Their Public Image In Private Domain

Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit sees an urgent need for celebrities to practice what they preach.

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Actress-environmentalist Dia Mirza feels an imperative need for actors to maintain an equipoise in their overall conduct. Pixabay

Practice what you preach. Priyanka Chopra forgot the validity of this adage when at her wedding in December last year in Jodhpur she was seen enjoying a fireworks display.

Suddenly her reputation went up in the sky – at least for a while. Here was an actress who has privately spoken up about noise and smoke pollution caused by fireworks, and there she was enjoying the poison that she had condemned publicly.

A co-star-pal of Ms. Chopra commented, “It was her wedding. She was just having fun, some unthinking fun. I agree she should have been more careful with what she was doing. But it’s okay. No harm done.”

Actress-producer Pooja Bhatt spoke about the need for celebrities with a voice to make sure their private conduct doesn’t contradict their public image.

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Here was an actress who has privately spoken up about noise and smoke pollution caused by fireworks, and there she was enjoying the poison that she had condemned publicly. Pixabay

“I can only speak for myself… I have always been the same person in my personal and public space. The world today, and especially most of the youngsters, are two different animals in their personal and public space. There is no room for truth in most of the lives they share with people… ironic since this is a time of social media where apparently you let people see you for what you are and intimately… yet there is zero intimacy.. just carefully manufactured illusions of reality.”

Shabana Azmi, who has constantly voiced her strong opinion on social issues, admits it is imperative that the powerful voices in our society desist from dithering.

“My father Kaifi Azmi was a rare poet who practised what he preached whether it was on women’s empowerment, communal harmony or social justice. But it’s a tough place to bein because celebrities are judged more harshly than others and people are quick to nitpick. I am very informal with close friends and can be quite a maverick but social media is so all-pervasive that what’s fine in an intimate circle becomes public almost immediately. I think one must be mindful but it can’t be stretched to impossible limits.”

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Actress Priyanka Chopra. Wikimedia Commons

Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit sees an urgent need for celebrities to practice what they preach.

“The celebrity should be educated enough to comment on that particular subject. Once the comment is out in the public domain, the celebrity must abide by it. He has a responsibility towards the society as people follow them. Moreover they should follow what they preach. One should be very careful when one has to comment on sensitive issues.”

Actress-environmentalist Dia Mirza feels an imperative need for actors to maintain an equipoise in their overall conduct.

 

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“I personally believe that if one consciously believes in a value system and has outwardly expressed this, then one would also need to consider the importance of reflecting those very values in their personal choices to the best of their ability.This should hold true for all of us. Whether or not we are in position of power.”

In short, practice what you preach. (IANS)