Who says an actress' career goes downhill after marriage? Take a cue from Kareena and Vidya!
It’s a largely-held notion in our country that married actresses are not “bankable.” Why I say specifically our country is because in foreign film industries, this concept hardly exists. But thankfully, things are gradually changing now. And so are the mindsets, with due passage of time. Indeed, it is entirely a woman’s call if she wants to continue with her career undisrupted, whatever that might be- movies or otherwise, or if she wants to focus more on her family and/or choose an alternate career path. But for those that ain't willing to bid adieu to the world of films post-marriage, it would have been a pity had they been sidelined. True, this has happened in the bygone eras, when actresses used to climb the ladder of success, fame and popularity, and just as they decided to tie the knot, directors were no longer interested in signing them, actors weren't much keen on being signed opposite them, and the audience too showed lukewarm response towards them. The only reason that can be cited behind this is that an actress loses her desirability, her sensuous charm and attraction once she is married. It is as if she ceases to be an epitome of unattainable charisma and a starry aura. True, there have been some yesteryear actresses who have been almost robbed off their careers because of their marriages. What’s even sadder is that many of them had walked down the aisle just when they were at the pinnacle of glory. But the scenario is changing for the better, and how! These days, marriage does not mark an end to an actress’ glorious innings at the box-office. Rather, it might add on a new lease of life and inspire her to soar higher and live her dreams onscreen, being true to her role as a performer, an entertainer. Let’s take Vidya Balan’s example. She has had a very successful career in Bollywood so far, and last year when she got married to ace producer and UTV honcho Siddharth Roy Kapur, many had presumed that she will quit films for good. On the contrary, she has got several projects in the pipeline, and is all set to anticipate more acclaim and appreciation for her roles. She has not only signed some exciting films in Bollywood such as Chand Bhai, Chenab Gandhi, Dhamaal 2, Badla, Shaadi Ke Side Effects, but has also some important films lined up in the Southern film industry. She is considered to be one of the finest actresses of the contemporary era, and we are in no mood to let her take a break from movies! Kareena Kapoor also acts as an eye-opener to those that still stick to the outdated belief that a married actress no longer “sells”. The versatile actress who tied the knot with the Nawab of Pataudi, is presently basking in the success of her recent release Satyagraha, which is not only doing commercially well but is earning her accolades as well. As she herself has been quoted telling the media, she has never even given quitting films a thought. Rather, she will keep doing what she believes is right, and also professes progressive thinking in this context. She dismisses the idea of conforming to clichés such as an actress has to stay within certain limitations post marriage. She clearly states that if a role or a character demands something out of her, she will do justice to it, no matter what. She has her kitty full currently, with movies such as Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Golmaal 4, Shuddhi, and so on. We have come a long way from those regressive times when not only the society but often the actresses’ spouse himself had reservations against his wife acting in movies. But that is now passé. Nowadays, irrespective of whether an actress chooses an industry insider as her life-partner or someone from an entirely different profession, both are very clear about their goals, passions and priorities. Thus, marriage does not spell doom to her dream run in the film industry; rather she works out her responsibilities in such a way that does justice to her personal as well as professional lives.