SCOPE OF ROLES HAS CHANGED BUT INDIAN FILM MAKERS STILL LACK ORIGINAL CONTENT: SUPRIYA PATHAK
Supriya, Pathak who has been a part of the Hindi film industry for over four decades with critically acclaimed and commercially successful films such as Kalyug, Bazaar, Mirch Masala, Shanghai, and Wake Up Sid to her credit besides TV shows like Idhar Udhar and Khichdi, said in a recent chat with reporters that the scope of getting better roles is bigger today.
The 60-year-old actor credited globalization for bringing significant changes in the Indian society, which has enabled writers to create a “modern, independent” woman with a voice of her own. Asked about the mother roles evolution in the Indian film industry, Supriya conveyed, “No one would want a sacrificing, sad kind of mother anymore. Mothers in the real world have changed. The attitude I have towards my daughter today is much more modern than my mother (veteran actor Dina Pathak) had towards me, even though she was a very modern and emancipated lady herself. “In society, the role of the mother has changed, so it has changed in films too. It’s an important move forward,” she noted.
“It’s a lovely time and a great opportunity to work with interesting young directors. I’m doing more interesting work than when I was a young girl. Honestly, growing up has been a boon for me,” the actor revealed during the interview. “Even the younger characters these days are pretty interesting. In our times, there used to be just a few of them and we all used to hope to get a chance to play them. Today the scope is much more, the girls of today have a lot more opportunities to play different characters,” Supriya Pathak added. “We are being viewed on a larger canvas. The canvas is not anymore our society or our country or north India-south India. It’s now about the world… I believe we are still running behind what has worked. We need to give the audience a lot more variety.”
Supriya’s recent release is Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s latest directorial venture “Toofaan” starring Farhan Akhtar. Supriya Pathak, who has previously collaborated with Rakyesh on the 2009 movie Delhi-6, said her decision to board the project was driven by her desire to work with the filmmaker once again. When I worked with him on Delhi-6 I really enjoyed it. We had a great rapport and did a great film. And I really love his work and enjoy watching it. When he offered me “Toofaan”, I didn’t ask any questions. Saying about her character, Supriya said, “ I actually fell in love with the role of Sister D’Souza, a nurse, She is a link between emotions, she is a kind of glue. She is an independent woman, who has looked after herself all her life. It’s a very positive character.” Adding to her convictions about the present scenario in the Indian film Industry, Supriya Pathak added a toast: “While there is much more diversity in terms of roles, Indian filmmakers still lack in creating original content and unique characters.