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‘One Dirty Picture hasn’t changed much’

‘One Dirty Picture hasn’t changed much’
Women are active in show business like never before, but will they surpass the status Bollywood heroes enjoy? Never, says actress Bipasha Basu, who feels there is ‘minimum’ opportunity for female actors in the Hindi film industry.

‘In Bollywood, the opportunities for female actresses is very minimum. There’s not much choice for us except to be safe and look pretty and do some nice dance numbers,’ said Bipasha.

The year 2011 saw films like The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica
and Saat Khoon Maaf — showcasing a promising trend as far as women finding prominent roles in movies was concerned.

But Bipasha says: ‘One Dirty Picture hasn’t changed anything much. It’s just that you’re lucky sometimes to get a Dirty Picture or for my sake, get a Raaz, Jism or Corporate.

‘As one off, you will get a film, which will be talked about in the context that ‘Oh! Women are getting into trend now! It’s going to be such a great time for female actresses’. The thing it is never.

‘We all are going through it, including my contemporaries. As much as we say that the film industry is changing, it is a very hero-centric business and it will always remain that,’ said the 33-year-old.

Bipasha admits she can sense some ositive change. ‘There are now some intelligent filmmakers, who are making films which are thankfully not about being feminist but about making an entertaining film with the heroine having to do something. And as an actress, you have to really hunt for these films! These are not very easy to find and they are not on higher budgets,’ she says.
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