Ayesha Jhulka, one of many fashionable stars of the 1990s, says that OTT has empowered storytellers to look past the stereotypical portrayal of a girl, leading to significant roles for actors of all ages. Jhulka, who not too long ago made her OTT debut with the Prime Video sequence Hush Hush, mentioned she “waited lengthy sufficient” to do what she actually wished.
“OTT has been altering the sport for us, for actresses. It’s a blessing for us. If we did not have the OTT, it could have been the identical. Solely right here is there extra potential for the performing, the characters, barring any age or something,” the actor advised PTI in an interview.
With Hush Hush, which has an all-female solid, the 50-year-old actress mentioned she was capable of break her on-screen girl-next-door picture, achieved after blockbusters Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and Khiladi.
“I am really transcending, chopping that picture and taking up a totally completely different position. That could be a enormous problem for me as an artist,” she added.
She has starred in a couple of cameos lately, together with Imtiaz Ali’s Socha Na Tha and Anil Sharma’s Genius. However with age, the roles dried up, the actor mentioned. This section made her take a step again from films and Jhulka mentioned she selected to attend for the appropriate alternatives. “After which there got here a time the place I felt like I wished to step up, like everybody needs a promotion, for us that promotion comes with the type of roles or work that you just need to do.
“You develop as a human being and as an artist you grow to be an increasing number of hungry for higher work since you really feel like please enable me, give me an opportunity, I can act, I can do one thing,” he added.
Citing the instance of her up to date Raveena Tandon, Jhulka mentioned there’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go for her era of actors to realize equal standing alongside males when it comes to roles which are written for them. Tandon additionally made her digital debut final yr with Aranyak, the Netflix sequence.
“We’re making progress, possibly sluggish, however we’re. And there are producers which are doing various things. Now every part can’t be centered on girls, that’s being egocentric. However then we speak about equality, you need to be on par with one another. So we nonetheless have a protracted technique to go. We will need to hit the 50 % mark and I believe (it is doable due to) OTT and the stunning work that so many ladies are doing, together with ’90s girls like Raveena,” she added.
The actor, nonetheless, is glad that the general public acknowledges her from her earlier work. “I’m alive as an actor thanks to those films. I did a number of work after that. Ten years later got here Dalaal which was an enormous success after which there have been silver jubilees like ‘Waqt Hamara Hai’, ‘Balmaa’, ‘Sangram’ and lots of extra. Each film gave me some type of expertise and I used to be consuming all of that and shifting on,” he added. “Nobody had imagined that the ’90s period would have such an influence on popular culture,” Jhulka mentioned.
“It is such a pleasant feeling to know that you just’re wished and that folks need to see you. At the back of your thoughts, there’s this worry of whether or not I can be accepted or whether or not folks will bear in mind it. Luckily for me, I’ve achieved cult films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Khiladi.”
Sooner or later, the actress mentioned that she needs to play highly effective roles, irrespective of how lengthy.
“I want to play sturdy roles and that does not imply I’ve to all the time be surrounded by energy. Nevertheless it has to have the performing energy and the actor in me must be glad. I might additionally wish to strive utterly completely different genres, see if that pursuits me and makes me really feel good.”
Additionally starring Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, Kritika Kamra, Shahana Goswami and Karishma Tanna, Hush Hush follows a gaggle of girls whose excellent lives start to unravel when an sudden occasion brings secrets and techniques from their previous to gentle and threatens every part. that’s expensive to them.