Age is just a number, Is it? Older actors refuse to age gracefully and don’t bat an eyelid when they romance actresses half their age on screen. However, older actresses are expected to play character roles soon after their marriage or maternity. It’s true that these stars still pull the crowds, but hasn’t time changed? Why should a 60-year-old star still play the lead but a 30-year-old actress plays a mother?
There have been many movies in recent times when filmmakers changed the traditional outlook. Amitabh Bachchan soon realised he must grow as an actor and age accordingly in his movies too. He still manages to pull the audiences to the theatres by playing a pivotal role but never has romanced a younger actress post he’s touched 50.
The recently released smash hit Khaidi No 150 starring Megastar Chiranjeevi and Kajal Aggarwal rocked the box office. However, though many of his fans welcomed the star back on screen after a long break, some of them couldn’t digest the fact that a 30-something Kajal was romancing her former co-star Ram Charan’s 61-year-old father. Might sound harsh but shouldn’t older actors evolve and age gracefully on screen like their counterparts?
We all love the fact that we can be young at heart but age is just a number might not be true in all cases, especially when it’s about romance on screen.
Among other stars who have followed the pattern are Superstar Rajinikanth, Balakrishna, Kamal Haasan and many others. Meghana Rao, a fan of the Megastar took to social media after watching Khaidi No 150. She wrote,”Boss… yes, #youareback… Your fans enjoyed your comeback. You bounced back hard. But next time bounce back harder; so hard that it’s not just your fans admiring you, your critics should shut their mouths… Unfortunately you could not shut your critics’ mouths this time. We know you can do much better. Infact you are the best in what you do and those who have witnessed your journey from Konidela Sivasankara Varaprasad to Megastar Chiranjeevi know your caliber as an actor and will relate to what I’m talking about. Try harder next time. Act ur age AND Kajal Aggrawal is a big NO NO to you.”
Sunethra. S, another fan of the star said,”His comeback was most-awaited, however, I just wish he starts playing his age on screen and accepts the fact that he’s talented enough to pull the crowds even in older roles. It’s not ok that actresses once married play character roles and these stars still play the romantic hero characters.”
Movies like Nishabd, Cheeni Kum and others had a storyline where the script revolved around older men falling in love with younger women.However, why should other movies follow suit? What do you think? Is it because us, the audience demands it and we refuse to watch young actresses play lead characters once married?