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Pregnant Pause

It is unfortunate that news of actresses’ pregnancy or marriage is dreaded news for filmmakers despite women comprising a significant part of the workforce. Commerce,after all is meant to enable and better our lot.

Written by Priyanka Sinha Jha | Mumbai |
July 1, 2011 6:28:41 pm

Among other things that kept industry watchers and insiders in a tizzy all of last week was the news that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is in the family way! The good news about the stork’s impending visit posted by Mr Bachchan on a social networking site set tongues wagging about the fate of Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine that has Ash essay the role of a fading superstar.

On the last count there has been talk of the film being shelved though UTV,producers of the film,have not yet made an announcement to that effect. Neither has the director or the actor’s publicist,so one would like to imagine that all is well on that front. However,it does leave one wondering about the fuss that follows such announcements.

In the past too leading actresses such as Kajol,Nandita Das,Juhi Chawla,Konkona Sen Sharma have worked in movies right through advanced stages of pregnancy. In this instance,the glamorous subject of the film–– the life of an actress ––could pose a few problems,but surely they could hardly be deemed insurmountable.

Hollywood’s most glamorous mother Angelina Jolie,who was in Cannes to promote Kung Fu Panda when she was expecting twins ,went about her work as nonchalantly as before (except that members of the paparazzi reportedly got roughed up when they drew too close for comfort to the star’s mansion).

Penelope Cruz was yet another pregnant actress in action mode while filming Pirates Of The Caribbean,which brings me back to the question of all the brouhaha that surrounds mamas-to-be in Bollywood. Considering that most films lean heavily on the heroes or the director’s repute to draw the auds,it is rather odd that B-town men seldom have to face the scrutiny reserved for actresses.

News of an actress tying the knot or being preggers usually causes alarm bells to go off and an immediate dip in their popularity/desirability with filmmakers. It is no wonder that heroines live in constant denial of their significant other (we are just good friends) or the personal milestones in their lives. In fact,actresses (from earlier days) have been known to deny their marriage till they were in the family way! A few things have changed for the better but a lot appears to have remained the same despite the increasing number of women in the industry’s workforce. The maternity issue is one such.

With women contributing equally to the industry coffers,it is about time they put their foot down for a more egalitarian treatment from their male colleagues. If they succeed,they would be deserving the title of “Heroine” bestowed on them.

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