National-award-winning actress Seema Biswas feels that the industry is gradually changing and actresses above 30 are being offered better roles.
However, the versatile actress, 49, who has been in the industry for over 20 years, feels that in India, an actress receives a lot of mother’s role after crossing 30.
“I feel like a much more mature actor with a range of roles and performances that I did. But if in India you are older, as a female actor, post 30 you begin worrying. You begin to get only mother’s role,” Seema Biswas told PTI.
“But recently we have seen different realistic stories. I am not worried but hopeful that different films will come my way. As an actor, I don’t have too many worries as I keep myself busy with theatre projects also,” she said.
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Seema Biswas thinks that she has learnt a great deal from her experiences.
“I have learnt from watching my own performances. I continue to change and improve as an actor, to achieve good quality acting. I also learn from my co-actors, their freshness, spontaneity and so on are inspiring,” she said.
Though she has delivered memorable performances in various films, but one film of hers which no one can forget is ‘Bandit Queen’. Despite doing several strong roles, people still remember her as ‘Bandit Queen’ and Seema Biswas is fine with it and feels proud of it.
“I feel proud of the role… that role will always be with me. It was the first film which at that time was ahead of its time. For me it was my first and last film, but then I got many more offers after the industry saw my performance,” Seema Biswas said.
Seema Biswas, who was seen in the recently released film ‘Manjunath’, has been getting good response from critics.
‘Manjunath’ is based on the real life story of young IIM-Lucknow graduate Manjunath Shanmugham, who was killed on November 19, 2005, allegedly after he threatened to revoke the licence of a Lakhimpur Kheri, UP petrol pump owner for selling adulterated fuel.
The film is a heart wrenching story which Seema Biswas thinks needs to be told to the audience.
“I feel people should talk more about meaningful films based on true stories and should know about the types of corruption we have in our country. ‘Manjunath’ is not great from a publicity point of view, but I hope it receives a positive response in the coming days. I am sure it will do well,” the actress said.
“A lot of films resonate and connect with audiences and so I hope it does well in the coming days. The film has been made with sincerity, hard work and honesty,” she said.
In the film, Seema Biswas plays the role of Manjunath’s mother who is very encouraging and supportive. She experienced the feeling of insecurity for him.
“Sandeep Verma, the director of ‘Manjunath’, approached me and narrated the story. He explained the background of the oil mafia to me. This was an eye-opening experience. The manner in which he narrated the story, moved me,” Seema Biswas said
Viacom18Motion Pictures’ ‘Manjunath’ released on May 9.