Amrita Rao, the quintessential girl next door seen in hit films such as ‘Ishq Vishk’ (2003), Main Hoon Na’ (2004) and ‘Vivah’ (2006) is returning to Hindi cinema with ‘Thackeray’. ‘Satyagraha’ (2013) being her last cinematic release, the actress believes with the changing dynamics in showbiz, she is ready to experiment.
DNA reports Rao telling PTI in an interview that said she turned down many big Hindi films as they did not meet her selection criteria. “It has been a journey of sacrificing big films because I was not comfortable with the on-screen requirements. Trends change, on-screen demand of actresses change. Cinema is a slice of reality. You have school and college kids being intimate and marriage is not even in question and that is what they show in cinema. That kind of requirement of the character did not suit me. So, I had to let go of those big offers with a heavy heart. The directors respected me and understood that I had certain restrictions which were sacred to me,” she said.
Rao plays Meena Thackeray, wife to late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the film. The actress shared that the makers approached her to play the role as they believed that both the women have a “pure” image. “I have earned that image in the industry. Playing a mature role was challenging for me. I have played the girl-next-door and then to portray this part, where my character spans from a 28-year-old to a 60-year-old, was not easy,” Rao added.
In relation to future work, Rao said, “Discussions are on. I want to do something that I have not done before like a thriller, murder mystery or suspense film. I would love to play a negative role. Due to digitalisation, work opportunities and avenues have changed so much. Directors typecasting actors is passé.”
‘Thackeray’ is at cinemas now.