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I would feel weird if I had to play Salman Khan’s sister-in-law or mother: Ayesha Jhulka on her comebackMEERI News

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Ayesha Julka Earlier this week the web show returned to our screens with Hush Hush. The show is created by the filmmaker Tanuja Chandra, also stars Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra and Karisma Tanna. Ayesha rose to fame with films like Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar with Aamir Khan, Khiladi with Akshay Kumar, Sangram with Ajay Devgan and Chachi 420 with Kamal Haasan and Tabu. The actress then went on leave as she stopped getting the kind of roles she wanted.

In this interview with indianexpress.com, Ayesha explains why she finally decided to make a comeback, make her digital debut, her struggles while not working and how she would “think if she were asked to play Salman Khan’s Bhabhi or Bhabhi.” It will feel weird”. Maa She made her debut opposite Salman in Kurban (1991).

What made you choose Hush Hush as your digital debut?

I couldn’t have asked for a better project, a better team, a better director, a better producer and a better platform. it’s like this’Panchon angliaan ghee meKind of a situation for me. I always wanted something like this, maybe I expressed it. When Tanuja asked me, I immediately told her that I am not ready, I don’t know what it was but I was nervous. Now I am very happy that I am a part of it and I have to thank my director for that, he was sure that I would be able to do it. He gave me the opportunity to not be who I am, but someone completely different.

You are back after a long gap, did you get a job offer during that gap?

I didn’t always get what I wanted. I have no hesitation or shame in saying that I was being offered things that if I had done it, I wouldn’t have done… I held back for a reason. I was not acting for some reason and what is the point of not acting for so many years if I have to accept such roles now. I didn’t want to feel that way, and so I kept saying no. In fact, people must have hated me for so many years because they kept saying things like, ‘Why is she saying no, she’s not doing anything!’ But now I can tell what I was waiting for.

How were you doing when you were away from work for so long?

I was either getting roles that I had already done, or I would get big projects with big star casts with big directors and big producers where I had nothing to do. It was very hard to say no because people around me would be excited thinking how it’s such a big production, etc.

People tried to persuade me saying, ‘It’s okay, Kar, now what are you looking for a Filmfare Award or what?!’ I heard all these things, then I would say ok, but the next morning I would say no because I was not convinced. In those roles, I will be expected to stand like a prop because your project has Ayesha Julka, I am not a big name but I am nobody. I didn’t want to just be used, I didn’t want to be in a project just because of my name and something attached to it. It makes you restless. I had a problem with people saying no to work with me, but I would have a problem agreeing to roles that I didn’t feel good about. I constantly felt like I would continue to prove myself even about things I didn’t want to do.

When I stepped back, I also got a lot of television offers. I have nothing against television, that’s acting too, it’s beautiful, daily soaps came long before OTT but I didn’t say there either. I had a lot of big channels coming to me directly, they were offering me shows which were good too. However, my choice was not because I could not work for those many hours; I didn’t want to feel mechanical about my work. Those shows did very well and I would question myself for not taking it but I couldn’t find the positive voice inside me.

Would you say things have changed now compared to the 90s? Do you think roles for female actors have evolved now?

This change has appeared very strongly. I don’t know (but) I would feel very awkward if I worked with Salman (Khan) or one of my co-actors and suddenly I had to play their sister-in-law or mother. I don’t know, I mentally… so I wouldn’t want to do that. But if there’s a character that’s strong, believable, and writer-supported, I’ll obviously do it. Then I won’t think about it. So, it’s a beautiful change and I’m looking forward to doing better roles.

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