Ayesha Jhulka, one of the popular stars of the 1990s, says OTT allowed 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 the Prime Video series Hush Hush, said she “waited long enough” to do what she really wanted.
“OTT has been a game-changer for us, for actresses. It’s been a boon for us. If we hadn’t had OTT, it would still have been the same. Only here is it there’s more potential for acting, characters, no age or anything,” the actor told PTI in an interview.
With Hush Hush, which has an all-female cast, the 50-year-old actress said she was able to break her on-screen girl-next-door image achieved after blockbuster hits Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar and Khiladi.
“I’m transcending, cutting that image and stepping into a completely different role. It’s a big challenge for me as an artist,” she added.
She has starred in a few guest appearances in recent years, including Socha Na Tha by Imtiaz Ali and Genius directed by Anil Sharma. But with age, the roles dried up, says the actor. This phase caused her to take a step back from the films and Jhulka said she chose to wait for the right opportunities. “And then there was a point where I felt like I wanted to step up, like everybody wants a promotion, for us that promotion comes with the kind of roles or work you want to do.
“You grow as a human being and as an artist, you crave better work more and more because you feel please allow me, give me a chance, I can play, I can do something,” she added.
Citing the example of his contemporary Raveena Tandon, Jhulka said his generation of actors still had a long way to go to achieve equal status with men in terms of roles written for them. Tandon also made his digital debut last year with Aranyak, the Netflix series.
“We are progressing, maybe slowly, but we are progressing. And there are manufacturers who do different things. Now, not everything can be female-centric, that’s being selfish. But then we talk about equality, we have to be equal with each other. Then we still have a long way to go. We’ll have to hit the 50% mark and I think (it’s possible because of) OTT and the great work that so many women are doing, including 90s women like Raveena,” she added.
The actor, however, is happy that audiences recognize her in her previous work. “I’m alive as an actor thanks to those films. I worked a lot afterwards. Ten years later Dalaal came along which was a super duper hit and then there were silver jubilees like “Waqt Hamara Hai”, “Balmaa”, “Sangram” and many more. Each movie gave me some kind of experience and I was consuming all of that and moving forward,” she added. never imagined the ’90s era would have such an impact on pop culture, Jhulka said.
“It’s such a nice feeling to know that you’re wanted and people want to see you. In the back of your mind, this fear lingers about whether I will be accepted or people will remember it. Fortunately, for me, I made cult films like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Khiladi.
In the future, the actress said that she wants to play powerful roles, regardless of their duration.
“I would like to do strong roles and that doesn’t mean he always has to be surrounded by power. But he has to have the power to play and the actor in me has to feel satisfied. I would also like to try genres completely different, see if it interests me and makes me feel good.
Also starring Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, Kritika Kamra, Shahana Goswami and Karishma Tanna, Hush Hush follows a group of women whose perfect lives begin to unravel when an unexpected event brings to light the secrets of their past and threatens everything. it is dear to them.