Film industry is no longer a laughing stock, the world will notice us, says Ratna Pathak Shah


Seasoned actress Ratna Pathak Shah believes that the Hindi film industry no longer produces “trash” in the name of films and says she regularly walks her path to global glory with her work.

The actor, a devotee of the stage and film industry, said the growth of India’s film industry parallels the apparent downfall of Western cinema.

The arrival of new directors and the courage to tell more courageous stories carry with them the promise of putting Indian cinema in the spotlight, Shah said.

We were really laughable, today we are not. Today we take ourselves seriously and hope the world will too. We’re not there yet, we’re still grappling with a lot of things, but we’re on the right track. Ultimately, the world will have to notice us. We are going to offer shows, films, which will talk, defend ourselves. Not in the niche, but in the mainstream (space). Our time will come. We also happened to be well positioned, because look at the garbage the West does in terms of movies! ” The actor told PTI.

But the current phase of Indian cinema, said the 64-year-old actor, is hard won.

Shah, who has been in some of the most acclaimed films of recent times including ‘Kapoor & Sons’, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ and ‘Thappad’, said the film industry deserved Rightly criticism for the deployment of mediocre content in the past.

The reason, Shah said, was the industry’s collective reliance on “trivializing” everything, which was reflected in his films.

When asked if it hurts him when people look at the entertainment industry with disdain, calling it a threat and criticizing its apparent lack of worth, the veteran said it pains him because this was true to a “certain extent”. .

We trivialized everything. Until recently, our films were about the most insignificant things, the garbage that we could see. Of course not all of them, but out of the huge number of films we’ve produced – 800 or something – maybe only eight were something that would stand the test of time.

That’s a meager fraction. We deserved this appendix, which we must be despised. The industry was looked down upon, in part of course (because) it was snobbery of the worst kind. Let everything popular be so “low end,” she added.

The actor, who has featured in acclaimed films like ‘Mandi’ and ‘Mirch Masala’ in the ’80s and beloved TV shows like’ Idhar Udhar ‘and’ Sarabhai vs Sarabhai ‘ ‘, now wants to be part of the evolving narrative and there are parts that challenge her as an artist.

There is an urgency in her to delve deep into characters that surpass the surface by exploring various shades of women, she added.

What I’d like to play now, I guess, are the more extreme fringes of the human experience. I never played a drunk, I never played a mentally handicapped person or a really nasty person.

These are parts of me too. I would like to explore what I can be when I’m really mean. And I don’t mean cute and mean like Maya Sarabhai, ”Shah said.

The actor said that unfortunately when writers come up with imperfect characters for women, they make them look like “bad men.”

“I have a role somewhere where I’m supposed to be the bad guy. But she was doing everything Amrish Puri had ever done. I wish I could be mean, but not in such a stereotypical way. Women can be mean in a very special way, we don’t need men’s help, ” she added.

Shah recently starred in ” Hum Do Hamare Do ” and will next be seen in ” Jayeshbhai Jordaar ”, along with Ranveer Singh.

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