MUMBAI: Bollywood royalty Soha Ali Khan believes in character driven roles, and spoke about her belief that the hero and heroine in Hindi cinema is an absurd concept, at the promotional event for Ariel Color and Style.
Promoting the detergent brand, we spotted the petite and regal Soha, looking effortlessly stylish in a teal green top and a black pencil skirt. Soha shared her disillusionment with the ‘Hero-Heroine’ dynamics of Bollywood and how she looks for character driven scripts when signing a film.
Having played non-protagonist parts in films like ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Soundtrack’, ‘Midnight’s Children’ and most recently ‘Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns’, Soha clearly feels that characters define a film, and not the length of their role.
“I don’t think about hero or heroine! I look for character-driven scripts. I find the words hero or heroine very absurd. We all play characters,” said Soha.
Speaking about the current new wave of cinema, Soha excitedly added: “It is not hero-heroine driven. It is not even star-driven. It is script and plot- driven… this is more exciting for me.”
“In the 1970s, there was commercial cinema and parallel cinema. Now that line is not so clear. Good films work at the box office, with off-beat subjects or actors. So the distinction is blurred now,” Soha cleverly observes.