Inside track of actresses' lives - the fascination continues

What is life like behind the arclights? What compromises do women make in their journey to stardom? Do the glitz and glamour come for a price? From Shyam Benegal to Milan Luthria, filmmakers down the decades have tried giving insi

Saturday, August 18, 2012 | 11:52:54 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
 0 Comments | By

heroine, raaz 3 and the dirty picture

What is life like behind the arclights? What compromises do women make in their journey to stardom? Do the glitz and glamour come for a price? From Shyam Benegal to Milan Luthria, filmmakers down the decades have tried giving insights to the questions asked by obsessive fans.

It's a recurring trend with forthcoming movies like "Heroine" and "Raaz 3" delving into the same theme. Some are biographical, some fiction and others thinly veiled fiction.

Luthria's "The Dirty Picture" portrayed the darker side of filmdom to much success. From her meteoric rise to her gradual downfall, from her financial crunch to personal dilemma, the film captured the bright and dark moments in southern sex symbol Silk Smitha's life.

Now all eyes are on Madhur Bhandarkar's much-anticipated "Heroine", about the rise and fall of an actress called Mahi Arora, played by Kareena yo

Releasing Sept 21, the drama is a mix of fiction and reality and expectations are high.

Bhandarkar told IANS that "Heroine" is basically a journey of an actress in the contemporary world.

"It's going to portray how an actress reaches the top and how her life goes through ups and downs. A lot of catharsis and trauma is shown in the film.

"The movie is about Mahi (Kareena) and her journey towards stardom... I am not saying it is not inspired by Hollywood or Bollywood; there is inspiration. I would say that 70 percent of it is realistic and 30 percent fiction," he added.

Devika Rani, Madhubala, Rekha, Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai... actresses in every era have evoked a great deal of curiosity among fans who are eager to know about their likes and dislikes, food habits, strengths and weaknesses.

Filmmakers have long tried to cash in on that curiosity, of projecting the real life that is so often an antithesis to the screen persona.

If Subodh Mukherjee tried to do it with 1970 release "Abhinetri", Benegal did it with his 1977 offbeat movie "Bhumika", based on the life of 1940s actress Hansa Wadkar. Even Guru Dutt gave an insight into the often tragic compromises that women in showbiz have to make in his classic "Kaagaz Ke Phool".

In 2007, Farah Khan's "Om Shanti Om" showed the dreamy eyed fascination of a fan for his heroine, while Zoya Akhtar's 2009 directorial debut "Luck By Chance" depicted the inside story of Bollywood on-screen.

Mahesh Bhatt portrayed late actress Parveen Babi's tragic end in 2006 movie "Woh Lamhe".

Now Mahesh Bhatt's protege Vikram Bhatt is toeing a similar line with his forthcoming romantic-horror film "Raaz 3".

A sequel to 2009 film "Raaz - The Mystery Continue", "Raaz 3" revolves around the life of a film director and two actresses.

Said Bipasha Basu, who plays one of the actresses: "We all go through a struggle but we choose not to show it. But it is very important to address it at times and connect. This is why I agreed to do this character."

"Raaz 3" also stars Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta and is scheduled to release Sept 7.

Producer Mahesh Bhatt described it as a cocktail of three true stories.

"One is about Shagufta, who has observed how people indulge in black magic to enhance their career. I know it sounds bizarre, but that's the truth."

"Bipasha was in a stage in her real life where she was heartbroken and her career was declining to ground zero. With the landscape filled with new heroines, she had a terrible phase," he said, adding that Vikram Bhatt also was in a similar situation when one of his girlfriends broke his heart.

(Nivedita can be contacted at

User Rating Rating(3 Votes)
Juhi007, sheetal7sheetal, SunriseGreen

Share On :

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp

To stay updated with similiar articles follow

Related News

Popular Search Terms:   bollywood inside stories, inside story of bollywood actress

User Comments & Ratings

Join India Forums for free to comment on this story. Have an account already? Use Quick Login to comment.
Dear Readers,
  • Please do not use derogatory comments in reply to the stories published on Bollywood, India-Forums.
  • The credibility of the site matter to us, and the comments in bad taste tend to invariably hurt the actors/production house/channel etc.
  • So kindly, refrain from creating an unhealthy atmosphere for all, and keep your comments constructive.
  • Also, please use the Rate It button if you want to just thank the author for posting the story.


Bollywood Hot N' Happening Articles Index

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index