Bollywood once considered marriage the death knell for its female leads. However, in recent years, B-town has opened its arms for beauties, who chose to get married and have a family over their careers. Karisma Kapoor’s comeback film Dangerous Ishq is on a roll and then there are a slew of movies marking the return of other married actresses, be it Madhuri Dixit Nene or Manisha Koirala. IANS lists the women who are now set to revive their careers in B-town:
Kapoor ruled the roost in the 90s but cut down on her film projects after marrying Delhi-based businessman Sanjay Kapur in 2003 to focus on her family. Last seen in the 2006 film Mere Jeevan Saathi, Kapoor now hopes to return with a bang with Vikram Bhatt’s supernatural 3D thriller Dangerous Ishq, where she will be seen in different avatars.
The Bollywood diva bid adieu to showbiz after marrying US-based surgeon Sriram Nene and shifted to Denver from Mumbai to start a family. After making an uneventful comeback with 2007 release Aaja Nachle, the 44-year-old is set to create magic in her new innings with Dedh Ishqiya and Gulab Gang. Vishal Bharadwaj’s Dedh Ishqiya is a sequel to Vidya Balan’s 2010 film Ishqiya, while Anubhav Sinha’s Gulab Gang will see her playing a female gangster.
One of the most beautiful actors of her time, Koirala is also reviving her career post-sabbatical and marriage. She played a cameo in Onir’s National Award winning film I Am, but now the 41-year-old will be seen in a full-fledged role in 3D horror movie BHHOOoo!, a sequel to Ram Gopal Varma’s 2003 film Bhoot. While Bhoot narrated the story of a couple in a haunted apartment, the sequel is about a six-year-old child named Allayna.
She was the queen of Bollywood during the late 80s and early 90s but she vacated the throne after marrying producer Boney Kapoor. Her goodbye movie was the hit family drama Judaai. But now Sridevi, 48, a mother of two daughters – Jhanvi and Khushi – is making a comeback with English Vinglish, directed by R Balki’s wife Gauri Shinde. In the film, Sridevi plays an Indian woman married into an American household, who enrolls in an English learning programme to please her family.
Post-marriage Raveena, 37, didn’t completely disappear from the scene and made her presence felt with movies like Sandwich and Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap where she was part of the support cast, as well as TV reality shows “Chak De Bachche” and “Chhote Miyan 2”. However, she is now set to play a protagonist and her first such endeavour is Shobhna’s 7 Nights, in which she will be seen in a bold avatar.
She is one of the few actresses who have been active even after marriage and somehow the 44-year-old juggled both roles — homemaker and actress. However, post marriage, Chawla turned to offbeat films like My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal and I Am. She also worked in Punjabi film Des Hoyaa Pardes. Now she is gearing up for the release of her new film Son of Sardar.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2012.
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