They are not my heroes. Is it because in our cinema, and in the larger world we inhabit in India, women @ 50 are perceived to be more aged and older than men @ 50? Our movies continue to ride on the age of the hero, and a heroine is supposed to be the younger counterpart.
To confine my talk to Bollywood, it appears that our in-denial, Hindi cinema plays the sexist game clumsily and in-your-face. Hollywood has been scripting women @ 50 as protagonists and still their great female talent pool raise the issue of discrimination from the biggest forums.
Our Heroes @ 50-brand strategise to hunt out half their age female actors to boost their macho-romantic stardom. Would this be a false accusation? It could simply be that our cinema has lost 'her' character (as in roles)? Anyway, that is a debate for another occasion.
Here is wishing the trio of Aamir Khan-Salman Khan-Shah Rukh Khan a happy birthday year and many years of health. To continue to play the HERO @ 50 cannot be brushed away by my cynical...