Veteran actress Neena Gupta had no inhibition about portraying a nonagenarian in the upcoming film “Sardar Ka Grandson”. She says nowadays, just like filmmakers, actors too have a chance to pick stuff that is “hatke” (unconventional). Neena plays Sardar a fiery old grandmother with a heart of gold, who has a wish to see her home in Lahore. The 61-year-old brought tries bringing alive a 90-year-old with the aid of prosthetics for the perfect look.
Talking about actors now pushing the envelope and not shying away from portraying older characters, Neena told IANS: “It is because times have changed. and the way people are writing scripts — various kinds of scripts. The way actors are getting a variety of roles and the most important thing is that the audience is accepting it has also helped. It is a very encouraging thing.”
She hopes that the audience likes her role in the film. “If people like me in this film, it will be such a great thing for me and I think there will be a lot of other actors who would also have the courage to do something like this. The first thing I said was ‘I don’t want to play such an old woman, but when I read the script I said ‘I have to do it,” Neena said.
The actress added: “Nowadays, we actors have a chance to pick up stuff that is a little ‘hatke’, different, and not the usual stuff. Actors are very happy to experiment — like the producers, directors, and writers are experimenting. It is a great time.” “Sardar Ka Grandson” is all set to release on Netflix on May 18. (IANS/JC)
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