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According to recent news, Kareena Kapoor is pregnant. It’s great to see that motherhood need not be a limiting factor for female actors anymore.
Kareen Kapoor Khan’s pregnancy is a happy news. However, what has increased our happiness even further is the fact that at least some people in Bollywood are acting as true professionals about it. Instead of replacing her in the forthcoming movie, Veere di Wedding, the makers of the film had actually thought of changing the story line to incorporate Kareena’s pregnancy.
In an industry where actresses are often forgotten after they get married, whereas middle-aged actors can still romance actresses old enough to be their daughters, this is indeed a refreshing change! The movie’s producer Rhea Kapoor had posted this on Instagram after speculations were rife whether Kareena will be replaced post her pregnancy news:
If we look at Hollywood, married or older actresses are not shunned from the industry the way it happens in Bollywood. Not only do those actresses remain in demand, there are also scripts that are written specifically keeping their age in mind. Though things are slowly changing in Bollywood, we still have a long way to go. The hero’s age or marital status had never had any impact on their fame in Bollywood. In fact, two of the three leading Khans are married with kids.
However, if we look at great actresses such as Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee and so on, their acting careers either slowed down or stopped entirely post marriage. If it is a person’s choice to not work after marriage, then that is fine. However, if they’re forced to give up on their careers because of a change in marital status or due to motherhood then that seems unfair given their male counterparts would never be impacted by these life decisions. Kareena had always been vocal about not compromising on her career post marriage and it is a welcome change to see her filmmakers supporting her in this decision. In 2016, she had two releases, Ki and Ka and Udta Punjab.
According to reports, Kareena will shoot a part of Veere di Wedding till October and then go on a break. Her delivery is due in December post which she’ll take a three months break before resuming the shooting for the movie.
Veere Di Wedding is about the modern Indian women and along with Kareena it also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, and Shikha Talsania. Kudos to the filmmakers for attempting to make Bollywood a level playing ground for women. Here’s wishing that more people in the industry take a cue from this progressive trend and it becomes more common with time.
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