Meghna Malik’s portrayal of Ammaji in the free Hindi TV show ‘Na Aana Iss Des Laado’ was critically acclaimed and garnered recognition. Despite her age, she confidently took on the challenge of playing a strong character, with grey hair and a mother to three grown men. However, she feels that actors decline to play aged roles.
“Actors refusing to play aged roles are correct to some extent, as the industry often paints them in a certain way. She points out that while male actors continue to work opposite younger actresses even at the age of 50, female actors are often expected to step out of the industry when they reach a certain age. This reflects how the industry needs to change with regard to the aging of female actors.” She added.
Meghna Malik explains that she didn’t hesitate to play the role of Ammaji, a character almost twice her age, because the character was interesting to her as an actor. She emphasizes that when a character is interesting, she sees it as an opportunity rather than a challenge. “Playing Ammaji was never boring and throughout the show, I was able to explore more aspects of this character. That’s why I did not refuse to take up this role.” Added Meghna.
Meghna Malik believes that the character of Ammaji was not defined by her age, but by her strength, power and being a central character. “The industry is not kind to young female actors, and it does not help when aging is only used as a device to replace them. Actors should only continue to play a role as long as it remains interesting and central to the story. If a character becomes boring, actors should step out and not be motivated by money.”
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