Bhagyashree on quitting films after Maine Pyar Kiya: ‘I wasn’t true to my God, I did not value my success’


Actor Bhagyashree is a kind of uncommon actors who left Bollywood on the top of her recognition, selecting to get married and go away films instantly after her blockbuster, Maine Pyaar Kiya, made her India’s sweetheart. The movie that set Salman Khan on the street to superstardom is taken into account iconic to the day. She was 20 then. As Bhagyashree celebrates her 52nd birthday at this time, the actor is within the midst of her second stint. She can be seen in Kangana Ranaut’s Thailaivi and Prabhas’ Radhe Shyam this 12 months.

This is not Bhagyashree’s first comeback, the actor returned to films in 2000s, the place she appeared in numerous regional films equivalent to Shotru Dhongsho (2002) and Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle (2006), Seetharama Kalyana (2019). She additionally appeared in Hindi films like Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006), and Red Alert: The War Within (2010), however primarily stayed out of limelight.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q) You have a taking place 12 months forward of you with Thailaivi and Radhe Shyam releasing. How excited are you?

There is pleasure and nervousness in equal proportions. What I hold coming again to, when I really feel like this, is when my daughter was coming down to the breakfast desk on the day of her closing board exams. She had a spring in her step and a broad smile on her face and I was questioning, ‘why is this girl smiling on the day of her board exam, isn’t she nervous?’ She advised me, ‘I will never be doing this ever in my life again, so I am excited that this is happening for the first time in my life.’ I considered it as such an exquisite approach to recover from your nervousness.

I am going to begin a brand new chapter in my life, getting again to doing films, so I have stored the nervousness on the backburner and let pleasure take over. I need to bear in mind my journey on this mild.


Q) You had a dream breakthrough with Maine Pyar Kiya, and then you definitely gave all of it up.

I loved doing Maine Pyar Kiya. I liked the method of it, liked being on the set — I bear in mind each day vividly. This is the film when I realised that I loved being in entrance of the digicam, that I liked appearing.

So, for me, this means of studying to love one thing I do was extra vital than the rest, I had by no means considered being an actor. For me it was all about taking on a journey, studying a brand new career. Now when I look again, I realise how I took it so evenly, the movie got here to me, and I didn’t profit from it.

Artistes actually work very arduous to get the form of success I acquired then. I acquired it fairly simply, and really early on in my life. It simply got here to me. I really feel I wasn’t true to my God as a result of He gave it to me and I did not present gratitude in the direction of that, I did not value the success that was showered on me. And now I take a look at it as a studying expertise.

For so lengthy I stayed far-off from what I actually liked. I wasn’t grateful for what I acquired. Today, I value what I had then. In the final couple of years, I have realised that if persons are remembering Suman, and are providing me roles even after 30 years of the movie, I should have executed one thing proper and I’ll no extra underestimate what I have in me. I have to be extra grateful for the alternatives which have come my approach in my second innings. I hope the viewers loves me once more, and this time I can be ever so grateful. I would not have given up appearing, if I had the form of studying I have at this time.


Q) How completely different would Maine Pyar Kiya be, if it was made at this time?

I don’t know if value is seen in ready and in sacrifice at this time. It is a really fast-forward life, sense of loss doesn’t persist for too lengthy, I suppose. The lady was ready for the man to come again (in Maine Pyar Kiya), and the man knew he had to show himself as a result of Suman was ready for him to return. They didn’t meet after they had been anticipated to avoid one another. Today’s technology could be rebellious.

It is all about instantaneous pleasure and gratification. These ideas are fairly dated at this time, we have now completely different form of tales at this time, they’re all so properly rounded and thought out. I don’t imply to say that folks at this time don’t fall in love or that they lack depth, however issues are completely different. I suppose tales which are advised at this time are nearer to actual life, not far-off from actuality.


Q) Has filmmakers’ angle in the direction of ladies actors of their 40s and 50s modified?

Today individuals don’t say, ‘Oh, aapne mummy ka role kiya hai’, as a result of even mom roles are so properly written, I vividly bear in mind Kiran Kher function from Devdas, she had a lot energy, she was stunning and her character affected the story. Her character journey was incredible. I drew inspiration from her.

Today, new-age administrators are ensuring that they full every character’s journey, each function they’ve within the movie stands for one thing, that wasn’t a case again then. These characters are not solely associated to the principle character however additionally they have an arc and a person persona, they aren’t there solely to make the lead man look good.

Today when I go on set, I see so many ladies round me working in numerous capacities. There are ladies cinematographers, art-directors, assistant-directors, administrators, and when I speak to them, I launch how they’ve left all of it to pursue their dream and I draw inspiration from them, I by no means had any lady to search for to when I was younger, I didn’t have the energy and braveness to pursue my desires.






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