News|November 8, 2011 5:29 pm

Aruna Irani: There is no role for female characters of my age group

Aruna Irani 59 year old, who still seen every now and than on the big or small screen says that their is no role for middle aged women in Bollywood,

Aruna Irani said,

Yes, I started with Bollywood, but I have been doing TV shows for the past 12 years. I am happy with the kind of roles I am getting here. Check out the big screen and you will find there is no role for female characters, especially of my age group,

Actresses like Hemaji (Hema Malini), Rakhiji and Moushmiji (Moushmi Chatterjee), they all are just at home. And if sometimes they get the chance to be part of a film, then that is for three or four scenes,

In the past, movies were all about big families and uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters were seen playing important characters. We all used to fit into some role or the other. But now things have changed and so has the concept. We are getting better roles in TV and we are more happy here,

After playing roles in Caravan, Bobby, Upkar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Farz, Angoor and Shalimaar, Aruna Irani was seen in middle aged women role like she played in Beta and Dil To Paagal Hain. After that she was seen in the Akshay Kumar starrer Khatta Meetha.

After that she jumped on to small screen and production, Aruna Irani made TV Shows like ‘Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand, Zameen Se Aaman Tak, Mehndi Tere Naam Ki and Tum Bin Jaooun Kahan,

Talking about production experience, She said,

Production requires a lot of time and efforts and it was affecting me. As an actor, we don’t have too much pressure. We finish our makeup, read our lines and we are ready for the shoot. As an actor you have a comfortable life, but producing a show is a different ball game altogether,

Now she is planning to launch her production venture on Zee television, She said,

I am thinking of producing shows. I am about to start a show on Zee television in December. After that Kuku ji (Kuku Kohli – her husband) will take over the production and I will handle other things,

Aruna Irani will also be seen on a daily soap named ‘Dekha Ek Khwaab’ as Rajmata Mrinalini Devi on Sony Television starting from 21 November 2011,

Dekha Ek Khwaab is directed by Anil V. Kumar, It will start once Kaun Banega Crorepati 5 is over,

She said,

When KBC was running on STAR and when it went off air, my show ‘Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand’ replaced it and the title started with the letter ‘D’. ‘Desh Mein…’ went on to become a huge hit. This time also, KBC is wrapping up and our show ‘Dekha Ek Khwaab’, which again starts with ‘D’, is replacing it. I am hopeful the show will match up with the KBC success,

Talking about her character in Dekha Ek Khwaab, she said,

The role has different shades and this is the best part about the character. Mrinalini Devi is emotional and caring, but she is also very shrewd. I really enjoyed doing the role,

She will also be seeon on Star Desh channel in a comedy show named ‘Main Lakshmi Tere Angan Ki’.