1984 Magazine Doubting Rekha’s Career On Turning 30 Proves Bollywood Is Plagued With Ageism

Just recently, Bollywood actor Lara Dutta said in an interview that female actors are often shamed for their age.

“I’ll admit that the industry is not kind to you and it doesn’t allow women to age gracefully.”

Veteran actor Sharat Saxena had also said that it’s a crime to be an old man in Bollywood highlighting that ageism in Bollywood is a menace that’s plaguing it for ages.

Recently, a Twitter user dug up a magazine cover from 1984 that questioned ace actor Rekha’s career in the film industry after she turned 30.


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Clearly, people back in the day (and still) didn’t acknowledge the fact that ageing is a natural process and definitely doesn’t define a person’s calibre and capabilities. The Indian film industry thought a woman’s career was nearing its end the moment she goes beyond 30.

Reacting to the tweet, people commented that older women weren’t given opportunities and were quickly replaced by younger actresses.

But as someone rightly highlighted, things are changing for good. However, with 24-year-old actresses being cast beside 54-year-old actors, we still have a long way to go.

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