Sharat Saxena Alleges Amitabh Bachchan Gets All ‘Good Roles Written For Old People’

A few days ago, 71-year-old actor Sharat Saxena who has given powerful performances in movies like Race 3, Krrish and Singham Returns, spoke about ageism in the industry. He offered his honest opinion stating that male actors have a shelf-life in the industry.

When probed about the issue further in an interview, Sharat now says, “The film industry is a young people’s industry, old people are not required here. Unfortunately, we are not dying away. We are still alive and we still want to work. How many roles do you think are written for old people in this industry?

He added, “All the good roles written for old people go to Amitabh Bachchan. Whatever scrapings are left is dished out to people like me. And we refuse them most of the time. So the amount of work that a person like me can do is almost zero.”

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The veteran actor revealed that it is the scarcity of roles for senior actors that compels him to stay in shape so he can look younger. “So at the age of 71, I work out for two hours every day so that I can beat the sh*t out of these 25-year-old guys. So that I look like a tough man. I colour my hair and moustache black. You have seen me in Sherni.

“I am 71 years old, but I have to make myself look 50-55. Otherwise, I’ll get no work,” he said. He added that while he does not ‘have to work’, he is not cut out for ‘living a retired life’ and is filled with a hunger to be in front of the camera.

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