Bhagyashree is one of those leading ladies who gave a hit and then vanished from the industry. She left her acting career at the peak of her success after she played the role of a decent girl who falls in love in Maine Pyaar Kiya. She became a nation’s sweetheart after her role in the film. It is recorded that she was only 20 years old when she acted in the film and win a million hearts. She chose to get married and left her acting career behind. However, the same movie became the milestone for Salman Khan’s stardom.
Bhagyashree celebrates her 52nd birthday today, and the actress is about to play her career’s second innings in Bollywood movies. She will be seen in Kangana Ranaut’s film Thailaivi and Prabhas starrer Radhe Shyam later this year.
This is not her first comeback in the films, as she has done a few regional films in the 2000s. Shotru Dhongsho (2002) and Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle (2006), Seetharama Kalyana (2019) were some of them. She has also done a few Hindi films and played small roles. Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) and Red Alert: The War Within (2010) are a few names but she was away from the limelight.
In an interview with Indian express, she talked about her career, upcoming movies and past. Scroll to know more details.
Q.You have a happening year ahead of you with Thailaivi and Radhe Shyam releasing. How excited are you?
Ans. “There is excitement and nervousness in equal proportions. What I keep coming back to, when I feel like this, is when my daughter was coming down to the breakfast table on the day of her final board exams. She had a spring in her step and a broad smile on her face and I was wondering, ‘why is this girl smiling on the day of her board exam, isn’t she nervous?’ She told 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 thought of it as such a wonderful way to get over your nervousness.
I am going to start a new chapter in my life, getting back to doing films, so I have kept the nervousness on the backburner and let excitement take over. I want to remember my journey in this light.”
Q. You had a dream breakthrough with Maine Pyar Kiya, and then you gave it all up.
Ans. “I enjoyed doing Maine Pyar Kiya. I loved the process of it, loved being on the set — I remember each and every day vividly. This is the movie when I realised that I enjoyed being in front of the camera, that I loved acting.
So, for me, this process of learning to love something I do was more important than anything else, I had never thought about being an actor. For me, it was all about taking on a journey, learning a new profession. Now when I look back, I realise how I took it so lightly, the film came to me, and I didn’t make the most of it.”
Q. How different would Maine Pyar Kiya be, if it was made today?
Ans. “I don’t know if value is seen in waiting and in sacrifice today. It is a very fast-forward life, sense of loss doesn’t persist for too long, I think. The girl was waiting for the guy to come back (in Maine Pyar Kiya), and the guy knew he had to prove himself because Suman was waiting for him to return. They didn’t meet when they were expected to stay away from each other. Today’s generation would be rebellious.”
Q. Has filmmakers’ attitude towards women actors in their 40s and 50s changed?
Ans. “Today people don’t say, ‘Oh, aapne mummy ka role Kiya hai’, because even mother roles are so well written, I vividly remember Kiran Kher role from Devdas, she had so much power, she was beautiful and her character affected the story. Her character journey was fantastic. I drew inspiration from her.”