Candid: Aruna IraniNo roles for senior actresses

Versatile actress Aruna Irani rues the lack of good roles for middle-aged women in Bollywood scripts. “Yes, I started with Bollywood but I have been doing TV shows for the past 12 years. I am happy with the kind of roles I am getting here. Check out the big screen and you will find there is no role for female characters, especially of my age group,” said the 59-year-old actress who rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s.

 “Actresses like Hemaji (Hema Malini), Rakhiji and Moushmiji (Moushmi Chatterjee all are just at home. And if sometimes they get the chance to be part of a film, then that is for three or four scenes,” she added.

“In the past, movies were all about big families and uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters were seen playing important characters. We all used to fit into some role or the other. But now things have changed and so has the concept. We are getting better roles in TV and we are more happy here,” she added.

After playing prominent roles in ‘Caravan’, ‘Bobby’, Upkar, Patthar Ke Sanam, Farz, Angoor and Shalimaar, in the 1990s she moved to character roles with Beta and Dil To Pagal Hai.

She was last seen in the Akshay Kumar-starrer Khatta Meetha. If her journey on the small screen widened her reach, it also allowed her to try her hand in production with shows like Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand, Zameen Se Aaman Tak, Mehndi Tere Naam Ki and Tum Bin Jaooun Kahan.

However, she took a sabbatical from production.

“Production requires a lot of time and effort and it was affecting me. As an actor, we don’t have too much pressure. We finish our makeup, read our lines and are ready for the shoot,” she said.

But the actress is gearing up to launch another production venture on Zee television. “I am about to start a show on Zee television in December. After that Kukuji (Kuku Kohli –— her husband) will take over the production and I will handle other things,” she added.

The actress is soon going to be seen as Rajmata Mrinalini Devi on Sony Television’s Dekha Ek Khwaab. Directed by Anil V Kumar, the show will go on air on November 21. It will start once Kaun Banega Crorepati 5 goes off air and Aruna says there is a big responsibility to match up to the TRPs and craze for Amitabh Bachchan. “When KBC went off air on Star, my show Des Mein Nikla Hoga Chand replaced it and the title started with the letter ‘D’.

Desh Mein... went on to become a huge hit. This time also, KBC is wrapping up and our show Dekha Ek Khwaab, which again starts with ‘D’, is replacing it. I am hopeful
the show will match up with the success of KBC,” she explained.

The actress will also be seen in a comedy show titled Main Lakshmi Tere Angan Ki on Star Desh.

Unique family

Swamp Brothers’ airs on November 14 at 10 pm on Discovery Channel. There is a place that was once thought to be a dismal land fit only for alligators and snakes. It’s wet, it’s dangerous and it’s weird. Which means it’s perfect for one of the most unique family businesses in the country. Meet a different breed of brothers — the ‘Swamp Brothers’.

One’s an animal expert. The other’s a former city slicker who’s learning the ropes.

Together, they are running a business uniquely suited for the swamp — where wild animals rule.

From pythons to rogue bobcats, the brothers make it a business to track these beasts down, capture them and return them to a safe environment. 

Road to stardom

HBO presents ‘Supercross’ on November 14 at 9 pm. The movie stars Steve Howey, Mike Vogel and Sophia Bush. Two brothers ride a death-defying road to stardom on the motorbike circuit in this freewheeling sports film.

KC and Trip Carlyle are brothers with big dreams of breaking into Supercross — the sport where talented bikers take on death-defying stunts in a motorbike arena.

The break comes to KC when a scout nabs him to join a Supercross corporate team but the talented Trip doesn’t give up so easily and vows to make it to the professional level his own way. 

Material world

There are some love affairs that just refuse to die down even after decades – a secret desire or a must-have for which a person is willing to go to any limits — the bikini, the iPod, the little black dress.

‘Love Lust’ tracks down some of these fun and surprising looks to innovative products and ideas that ignited a love affair with us all.

Favourite pop culture pundits, industry experts and a few candid celebrities tell us the inside story of  the most iconic items in fashion, technology, food, beauty and more to see what fuels our romance with the defining symbols of our times. ‘Love Lust’ airs on November 14 at 8 pm on TLC.