There has always been a debate about older Bollywood male stars romancing younger female actors. Kajol, who recently essayed the role of a mother to a 24-year-old man in ‘Salaam Venky’, reflected upon why actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are romancing actors 20 years younger than them.
Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak, Kajol said that movies are also ultimately a business which needs to earn profits. She said, “I think the heroes of our film industry, in fact, feel they are in this nut for a reason. And the reason is that the film industry is a business at the end of the day. Whatever you do at the end of the business, every hero has to pull in that much to make that film a hit. It’s a huge responsibility on their heads.” She, however, clarified that that’s her opinion and not a fact.
Kajol believes she has been able to play diverse roles in her career because she wasn’t responsible for bringing business to the industry. She added, “Somebody asked me this question, ‘You have grown as an actor and your contemporaries have not grown as diverse as the roles that you have done.’ I think that really has to do with the fact that they are also stuck down the line because of the number game. They are shouldering that responsibility.”
Kajol will be next seen in ‘The Good Wife’, an Indian adaptation of the American courtroom drama of the same name.