I am not saying it’s wrong. Who am I to say that? But I want to understand what motivates movie stars to still act as (mostly young) heroes even after they are 50/60 years old? I am not sure how prevalent this is in Bollywood, but in the South Indian movie industry, this is very common.
Let’s look at some possible reasons below:
- People want them to continue acting as heroes.
- Men consider acting in movies (particularly as a hero) as a career, like any other job, but without any official retirement age! In contrast, women will have to stop acting as heroines at around 35.
- They are addicted to money (that their job gives them) and have formed lavish lifestyles which they’ll have to slowly give up if they don’t continue acting as a hero.
- They are addicted to fame. They want their name to be on all major dailies, magazines and websites, and relish being in the limelight always. So much that they just cannot tolerate a life without all that glitz, attention and fan-following.
- There are no credible actors to replace them.
- Producers make money, theaters get a good collection – so why not?
- Make up/graphics field has improved so much that they can make a 50/60 year old person look like 25.
- They have a considerable clout in the industry that they can command producers/directors to continue portraying them as heroes.
- Age is just a number, for them.
- They think their past accolades and achievements are enough to make people forget their current age (and the lack of realism in the roles they play).
I am intrigued by this phenomenon, which seems to be true across the world, not just in India. That’s why I want to know why. Of course, this post has not been written in an accusatory tone, and I don’t want to pin point anyone. I am just curious, that’s all.
Why do heroes find it difficult to transition into character roles, which might suit their age/role better, even at (around) the age of 50/60? Can you think of some more reasons?
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