Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Rani and Preity — Bollywood queens no more?
It’s not just a beautifully shot scene but also demonstrates the acting prowess of the two leading ladies.
It may also be a rare one.
Both actresses have barely had any releases since KANK in 2006, and even those hardly found favour with audiences.
Preity Zinta’s last release was “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” in June last year. The actress then got busy with the Indian Premier League and is now on a 40-day ‘Unforgettable’ tour of North America and Europe with the Bachchans.
As for Rani Mukherjee, she’s been unlucky with her recent choice of films. It hasn’t helped that they were all Yash Raj productions and foundered at the box office.”Both these actresses may have ruled Bollywood once, but it’s clear to me that they are on their way out,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh said.
Zinta has four releases coming up in 2008. But three of them are niche films — Deepa Mehta’s “Heaven on Earth”, Rituparno Ghosh’s “The Last Lear” and Jahnu Barua’s “Har Pal”.
Obviously, there are newer, fresher faces coming in and Bollywood can never be short of heroines.
What makes me sad is that Bollywood is not yet ready for a Meryl Streep or a Michelle Pfeiffer — an actress who can continue acting into her 50s, without ever having to take a break or make a “comeback”.
With their kind of talent, Rani and Preity surely deserve to keep going. Unfortunately, the world of make-believe is as harsh, if not harsher than the real world, and both actresses will have to make their peace with that.