The 46-year-old actress Kajol Devgn has never shied away from speaking her mind every time she has given an interview. This was also the case recently when Kajol spoke about the question of ageism in Bollywood. Kajol who has worked in the Hindi film industry for over 29 years dismissed any such claim and said that ageism is only a construct in some people’s mind. Kajol also said that she continues to work at her age and is extremely proud of it.
Kajol also gave examples of other old actors and actresses and said, “The reality is that we had Sharmila Tagore, Sadhna, Nargis Dutt, who were working way after the time they were married and were like in their 40s. Yes, I agree today the time is such that everybody has a binocular view on it. Today we are suddenly looking at things which we never noticed before. But this was all happening earlier as well. Even my mother (Tanuja) never stopped working.”
Kajol also joked about Aamir Khan playing the role of a college student even when he was in his 40s for the film Three Idiots. The film later went on to become a huge success. She said, “I am here and I am working. I am very proud of it. I don’t see an ageist issue in Bollywood. I never did. I think it is in your head. It is the question of ‘Do you believe that you are too old for this? Or do you believe that you cannot carry it off? Why can Aamir Khan at the age of 40 do a 3 Idiots and play a college student, why can’t I? He believed he could and of course with the help of special effects.”