Actor Shefali Shah has been seen in varied challenging roles in the last few months on the web platforms. While she had a very complex role to play in Human, she is seen in a different avatar in Delhi Crime. And now the recently released Darlings has Shefali playing a mother figure to Alia Bhatt. However, in a recent interview, Shefali has requested makers to not consider her as a permanent mother option. A report on hindustantimes.com talked about this and we take reference from that story for our write up here.
In an interview with Filmfare, Shefali said, “I’ll play seventy when I am seventy. Unless you give me a role which is like starting from a certain age to a certain age and it blows my mind, and I say, you know, I’d die for this role. So it’s not that I won’t do it, but for god’s sake, don’t come to me with stuff because you’ve run out of imagination of who to cast as a mother. And I am a mother, proudly so. But don’t make me the mother of a forty-year-old and a thirty-year-old because I’m not. Okay. The first is that.”
She added, “Second, I want to play leads and parallel leads, and when I say leads and parallel leads, what I mean is playing one of the primary characters. Unfortunately, I need to use the terms ‘lead’ and ‘parallel lead’ because our industry otherwise doesn’t know anything better than this. And give me something worth my while, really. Don’t say things like, ‘We love your work and you’re one of the finest,’ and then come and give me something that is insulting. Don’t do it. Please don’t do it. And I want to work, I want to work with all kinds of directors, I want to work on all kinds of stories.”
Do you accept the thought process of Shefali?