No filmmaker wants to take risk with me, says Farida Jalal on playing negative character


Based on stories by acclaimed author Ruskin Bond, ZEE5 presents an anthology series, titled, Parchhayee that began streaming on January 15th, this year. The first episode featured veteran Farida Jalal along with Kabir Sajid and Sara Jane Dais in the lead roles.

Talking about her new project and what made her say yes to something so different, Farida Jalal interacted with a leading daily. She said, “Every one of us has read Ruskin Bond’s work. Also, the director is a national-award-winning filmmaker (VK Prakash). So when you have people of such class involved, you can’t say no. And trust me, it was a pleasure working with the team."

"While many actors are still sceptical to take the big jump towards the web, Jalal has been part of many successful outings. While she debuted on the web three years back with YRF’s Love Shots, her recent short film Mehraam received a lot of critical acclaim. The 69-year-old said, “Change is inevitable and you need to move with time. I would have been left behind if I didn’t think of taking up work in the growing medium. But I must laud these makers, who think of me for their projects. They approach me with so much love and respect," she added.

The Student of the Year actor further said, “As a person, I believe in looking at everything positively. Be it films, television or web, as actors, all that you need to be worried is your character. The biggest difference I find is that there’s very less time now. I come from the world of feature films, where we worked on a role for a long time. Now everything needs to be done in a jiffy. There is no ‘thehraav’ (permanence) anymore. It’s less on television and almost missing from the web space.”

While Jalal is happy that she has impressed the audience with her amazing performances, she still hopes for some good roles to satisfy her. She said, “It’s really sad that no one wants to write meaty roles for women of our age. We are only offered the done and dusted roles. All my counterparts, we meet and discuss the same thing. I want the writers and filmmakers to challenge me.”

Although she is confident to pull of any roles, she believes the producers aren't willing enough to take that risk. “I am dying to do a negative role. I haven’t done that and I am sure the audience will be happily surprised. But these filmmakers tell me that audience ‘humein gaali denge’ (will abuse us). But I think today the audience is really smart and accepting. How will we know about their reaction unless we try? I would also love to do a courtroom drama and play a lawyer,” the actor shared.

When asked if she believes the industry will change in the coming time, Jalal smiled to say, “I really don’t know but I can just hope it does. It’s really sad that after working for so long, you are craving for good roles.”

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