If you are wondering why veteran actress Rakhee is rarely seen in Bollywood these days, it’s because she is not interested in playing the quintessential weeping mother any longer.
Revealing this was Rakhee’s daughter, Meghna Gulzar. “My mother did a lot of Bengali films in the recent past. For her to come back into Hindi cinema, she needs something out of the mould. The Bengali films offered her something out of the usual template. In Hindi cinema, she needs to be offered something more substantial. She has certainly not taken a samadhi from Hindi cinema. But yes, she is done playing the weeping mother,” averred Meghna, whose directorial venture Talvar is doing great at the box office.
While Rakhee may be waiting for the right role to get back into Bollywood, Meghna is gung ho about her just released film, Talvar.
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Talking about the film, Meghna said the film has an universal appeal and is not just restricted to the backyard of Indian homes.
“The universality lies in the cynicism towards our institutional system whether it is media or law enforcement. There is apprehension in coming in contact with it. That is not a purely an Indian phenomenon. This is not a fallacy or lapse in Indian system. It happens almost every other,” said Meghna.
When asked about comparisons with Rahasya, Meghna said: “I have not seen Rahasya. I know our approach and what it is based on and we have always been firm on all grounds.”
Meghna also expressed her desire to screen the movie for the Talwar family should they wish for it. “I would love to screen the movie for Talwars. One member of the Talwar family has seen it in Toronto at the festival.”