You don't have a career if you are a married woman or a mother, they used to say in Bollywood. Even today, people argue that it is far easier for a hero to continue working as main lead even in his 50s than a heroine in her 40s.
Several yesteryear queens have, however, proved all that wrong in the past few years and there's more to come. We take a look at the strong, beautiful heroines who take a long break from their Bollywood career, get married, build a family and plan a comeback with huge, ambitious projects. Zeenat Aman
The original sex symbol of Bollywood is ready to set the silver screen on fire once again! Zeenat Aman, the woman who brought oomph and glamour to Indian cinema, has been doing small, crucial roles for past few years. A mother of two kids, Zeenat is all set to come back to the silver screen with Ashish Bhavsar's next on beauty pageants and the controversies surrounding these contests. Zeenat's next is a 3D film.
She has been married, divorced and plans to marry again soon. Zeenat Aman has raised up two handsome sons Azaan and Zahaan, but none of this stops her from dfin what she wants. A toast to her spirit! Madhuri Dixit
After getting married in 1999 at the peak of her career, Madhuri Dixit was not seen in any major roles for a long times. She did have films like Gaja Gamini and Aja Nachle with her as the protagonist but these films did not do much. The diva now plans a grand comeback with sequel to Vishal Bhardwaj's Ishqiya - Dedh Ishqiya
The much anticipated sequel to Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2010 hit Ishqiya is focuses on Madhuri Dixit’s character. She essays the role of a royal begum who expresses her love towards her man by mouthing shayari. While Naseeruddin Shah plays her lover in the film, Arshad Warsi will star opposite Kangna Ranaut. Ace Kathak dancer Birju Maharaj would be choreographing Madhuri for one of the songs. It is expected to release in the middle of this year
Madhuri, Padma award winner, has one more big project lined up for release this year - Gulab Gang. The story of Gulab Gang, directed by Soumik Sen and produced by Anubhav Sinha, is based on ex Bigg Boss contestant Sampat Pal Devi who is also the founder of the Gulabi Gang.
Madhuri broke many a heart in 1999 when she got married an NRI, Dr Sriram Nene. She moved to the US to live with her husband and came back to India in 2011. She now lives with her husband and two sons in India. Madhuri's comeback to India raised hopes of her Bollywood comeback and she kept those hopes alive, making appearances on TV and social events. Madhuri's fans are now in for delicious treat as they await her Dedh Ishqiya this year.
Enjoy this classic performance of Madhuri Dixit:
Karisma Kapoor married Sanjay Kapoor in 2003 and enjoyed a long holiday enjoying with her family. She is also a mother of two sons. After a few years of TV appearances, Karisma returned to the silver screen with Dangerous Ishhq in 2010. After this one experiment, Karisma Kapoor is all set to feature in Satte Pe Satta remake
. Directed by Soham Shah and produced by Sanjay Dutt, the 1982 film is scheduled for release this year. Karisma will step in the shoes of Hema Malini for Satte Pe Satta.Sridevi
Sridevi made a classic comeback with Gauri Shinde's English Vinglish. Not only was it accolades and awards for the South Indian beauty, the film also earned well at the box office.
Married to Boney Kapoor in 1996, Sridevi has raised two beautiful daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. She returned to Bollywood after 15 years of long self-imposed exile. The Padma Sri Award winner is also set to feature in the sequel to her super hit movie Mr India.
We have tried to talk about A-list heroines who have raised a family after working in Bollywood and later returned to the silver screen not as stereotypical mothers and grandmoms but the protagonist in the story. If you feel we have left out a few, feel free to name them here in the comment box.