Sarika on moving away from movies: I was offered the role of mother to heroes three years younger than me

I will be thrilled to watch Sarika’s return to the silver screen. The actor is set with charming eyes and unparalleled charisma Modern Love for Amazon Prime Video: Mumbai, for the Alankrita Shrivastava short film My Beautiful Wrinkles. We last saw her in Baar Baar Dekho (2016).

In a candid interview with indianexpress.com, Sarika opens up about the normalization of gender discrimination towards actresses in the entertainment industry, how she longs for well-written characters and why she said yes to this short film to get an anthology on a streaming platform.

It may seem as if the actor is very picky about her work but Sarika says That very few “good roles” come their way. That’s why when Alankrita went to her with My Beautiful Wrinkles, an upcoming movie for a woman in her sixties, she immediately said yes.

Stills from My Beautiful Wrinkles, a short film in Modern Love: The Mumbai Anthology. (Photos: Amazon Prime Video/Instagram)

She says, “If you didn’t say yes to Alankrita, who would you say yes to Alankrita? I just love her work. She is such a beautiful character, it’s a stage in her life and so fun because it’s a movie coming of age. It’s incredibly beautiful, that age can happen at any age.” , and I think that’s a nice concept. It’s a layered story. I didn’t doubt why she (her character) would do this or anything else, I mean these are the right questions but not the kind that doesn’t let you get a hook in the character. I really wanted to work with Alankrita as director.

She adds, “The kind of character I’m playing here needs someone like her; every director can’t handle that. So sometimes you get very good roles but maybe the director, she might be good, but not for that specific topic. That wasn’t the case here.” If I have to do something like this, I have to be someone like Alankrita.”

Actresses in their 60s rarely get central roles, with “mother roles” imposed on them. This was an important reason Sarika chose to stay away from films, “It’s been happening for the longest time.”

She shares, “I remember when I went back to acting, the first 3-4 movies that came to me were like, ‘Oh! she is back, ab isko iski maa bana do, uski maa bana doThey wanted me to play the role of a mother to heroes three years younger than me. This is a very old thing. Now, thanks to OTT, where there are no financial risks, people are willing to try different things. We have better scripts, and a wider audience thanks to OTT in our country. So you put it all in there, and that whole thing of compiling and distributing doesn’t exist. Until we’re more honest and we can get real stories out. That’s the only thing that’s going on, butwoh tabhi bhi tha, abhi bhi hai(age discrimination when it comes to actress roles), and that’s not something we’d change.”

Now this Sarika is back on set. want to stay. “As actors, you want to do more work, play different roles, but you also depend entirely on the directors. When I get good shows, I never miss an opportunity to do that. As actors, we don’t know what we’re going to show, but the good thing is that In the past few years, it has become more and more interesting. Also, there is such diversity in managers today, which results in a diversity of content. Therefore, we offer our services to everyone.”

From what we saw in the trailer for Modern Love Mumbai, Sarika is the recipient of a young love. So, how does she feel about getting a romantic thread at her age? She says, “I don’t care. If I get a good movie to do, I will do it. Tomorrow if someone offers me the role of a fruit seller and if it is a good role, I will do that too.”

“It’s just one of the roles. You can’t tellarre love story mil gayi iss age mein, meri toh nical bady‘It’s not really the case. It’s about a good role that you want and feel like “Yeah, I got it!”. I long to work on good scripts, with good directors because that’s what makes me happy.” Sarika concludes.

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