Dia on actors being cast with younger women

Dia on actors being cast with younger women

Dia Mirza is undoubtedly one of the most talented actors and sensible minds we have in Bollywood today. The actress recently opened up about the surge in women-centric content, all thanks to OTT. She also expressed her opinion on older actors being cast opposite younger actresses.
In an exclusive interview with ETimes, Dia said, “I think stories and opportunities for female characters have opened up significantly. There are more female representations now, more than ever. We have more female directors, DoPs, and editors. The number is lagging far behind even now but it is definitely more from the time I started working. It is that representation that has opened up the narration but I think that the advent of the OTT platform has truly given narratives that are driven from a feminine lens are increasing manifold. I am grateful for it.”

Older men still play the lead in their film while it is not the case with older women in Bollywood. Citing her opinion on the same, the actress added, “I hope that this expression of female actors allows them to play the leading part even when they are older. But the unfortunate truth of the matter is that stories are not written for the female older characters as much as the male ones. It is even more unfortunate to see an older man playing younger parts.”

Elaborating further, Dia said, “The idea of beauty is always associated with youthfulness. I think that is why there is a large interest in consuming younger faces. An aberration to this would be an actress like Neena Gupta ji. She literally has said it out loud more than once, ‘I am an actor. I love my job. Please cast me.’ Thankfully, some interesting filmmakers decided to cast her in lead parts that were defeating her age. But there are a lot of actresses in their middle ages who are struggling and aren’t being cast because no stories are being written for them.”

“The industry is male-dominated. Older men like to be cast opposite younger women to extend their own shelf life. It is bizarre that a 50 plus something actor is acting opposite a 19-year-old actress,” Dia concluded.

Source From : Times Of India

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