OTT is a boon for women artistes: Ayesha Julka

Ayesha Julka, one of the popular stars of the 1990s, says OTT has empowered storytellers to look beyond the stereotypical portrayal of a woman, resulting in meaningful roles for actors of all ages. Jhulka, who recently made her OTT debut with Prime Video series Hush Hush, said that she used to “wait quite a long time” to actually do what she really wanted.

“OTT is changing the game for us, for female actors. This is a boon for us. If we didn’t have OTT it would still be the same. It is only here that except for acting, character, any age or anything, there are more possibilities,” the actor told PTI in an interview.

With Hush Hush, which has an all-female cast, the 50-year-old actress said that she was able to break her on-screen image of a girl next door, which she gained after the blockbuster hits Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and Khiladi.

“I’m really transcending, cutting that image and going into a different role entirely. It’s a big challenge for me as an artiste.”

She acted in a few cameos over the years including Imtiaz Ali’s Socha Na Tha and Genius directed by Anil Sharma. But with age, the roles dried up, the actor said. This phase took him a step back from films and Julka said that he chose to wait for the right opportunities. “And then there came a time when I thought I wanted to move on, like everybody wants a promotion, for us promotion comes with the kind of roles or work you want to do.

“You grow up as a human being and as an artist you become more and more hungry for better work because you think please allow me, give me a chance, I can perform, I can do something.” I can.”

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Citing the example of her contemporary Raveena Tandon, Julka said that actors of her generation still have a long way to go to achieve equality status with men in terms of the roles being written for them. Tandon also made his digital debut last year with the Netflix series Aranyak.

“We’re making progress, maybe slow, but we are. And there are producers who are doing different things. Now everything can’t be female-centric, that’s being selfish. But then we talk about equality, You have to stay abreast of each other. Then we have a long way to go. We have to reach the 50 percent mark and I think (it is possible) OTT and the beautiful work that so many women are doing, including Raveena in the 90’s. Women of the decade are also included.

However, the actor is happy that the audience recognized him from his past work. “I survive as an actor because of these films. After that I did a lot of work. Ten years later, came Dalal, which was a super duper hit and then silver jubilee like ‘Waqt Hamara Hai’, ‘Balma’, ‘Sangram’ ‘ There was more. Every film gave me some kind of experience and I was consuming all of that and moving on.” “Nobody thought the 90s would have such an impact on pop culture,” Jhulka said.

“It is a pleasant feeling to know that you are wanted and people want to see you. That fear remains in the back of your mind whether I will be accepted or people will remember. Luckily, Maine Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Khiladi Jaisi Cult of films.”

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Moving forward, the actor said that she wants to play powerful roles regardless of length.

“I want to do strong roles and that doesn’t mean it should always be surrounded by power. But it should have the power to perform and satisfy the actor within me. I want to try completely different genres as well , see if it interests me and makes me feel good.”

Starring Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, Kritika Kamra, Shahana Goswami and Karishma Tanna, Hush Hush follows a group of women whose picture-perfect lives come undone when an unexpected event reveals secrets from their past. And jeopardizes everything that is dear to them.