Bipasha says that it is this dilemma that is driving even her contemporaries’ career choices. “Everyone is dealing with the same emotions that I have experienced over the years — to try and look out for something that has more meat. Articles about female actors usually say that they are just pretty faces. But think about it, how many opportunities do we have? If we don’t do that (act in hero-centric films), what else do we do? If we don’t play safe, how do we last long in the industry? I’m one of the lucky ones; I have stayed afloat for 10 years and chosen what I want to do. Everyone’s not so lucky. The business makes you play safe,” she says.
So, are heroines more competitive than heroes? “I don’t think so. Heroines are struggling in their own space to make a mark and find their space next to the hero and the heroism; to leave their mark with whatever minimum they have, and that is a struggle,” she says.