As Ash gets ready for the stork, we take a look at how babies changed the career of other actor moms.
Those who worked
Model turned anchor turned item girl, Malaika Arora Khan, 37, was in shape in no time after giving birth to her son Arhaan, and she worked on her projects even while she was expecting. Many got to know she was expecting because of her visible baby bump on MTV Loveline.
Expert speak: Though she never had a major role in films except item numbers, she was active even when she was expecting. Hats off to Malaika for the way she has maintained her shape!
A mother of two now, Kajol, 36, was on the job with her second baby bump. She was in the midst of shooting for We are Family and home production Toonpur Ka Superhero before giving birth to son Yug. She has, however, announced a four-year sabbatical to look after her kids.
Expert speak: She got pregnant while she was in the middle of filming, and continued so that the films would not suffer a delay.
Those who quit
Mother of two daughters, Sridevi, 47, was at her prime during her first pregnancy. Then, she quit, and will be seen on screen after 14 years in Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut. “I’ve been busy taking care of my children and family,” she says.
Expert speak: Everyone wants to see their child grow up. Sridevi worked since she was a child herself and she worked all her life. So she needed a break.
A mother of two, Juhi, 43, who was working on Ek Rishtaa and Aamdani Atthani Kharchaa Rupaiyaa while expecting her first child and even did a stage show in her first trimester, was never seen in lead roles after motherhood. She has done multi-starrers like My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal and Jhankar Beats.
Expert speak: It depends on how young you continue to look after motherhood. Age also plays a factor. For Juhi, it’s now
character roles and not the main role.
No lead roles for these actors
Sonali Bendre, 36, went missing from the big screen after pregnancy. She cut down on movies after tying the knot with Goldie Behl in 2002 before bidding it adieu completely for her son Ranveer in 2005. And, she does not plan a return. “I don’t think I’m ready for films because it takes a lot of commitment. I’m not ready for it,” she says.
Expert speak: In this case, it is a personal choice. Often, actors also want to start a normal life, settle down and raise their kids.
Once the Mast Mast girl of Bollywood, Raveena Tandon, 36, has been on a long sabbatical after motherhood. “I do not want my kids to feel embarrassed, and that is why I want to do only a select few films,” says the actor, who will be next seen in Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap.
Expert speak: She had a long run when she got married. She will never get those roles again.
Amrita Arora, 30, was dropped from UTV’s film Season’s Greetings after she conceived her son in 2009. According to reports, Amrita had not been informed about her ouster. She got to know about it when she accidentally met the film’s director and he told her she was out of the film due to pregnancy.
Expert speak: It’s been a common trend in Bollywood that producers start avoiding female actors the moment they even get engaged, so marriage and motherhood do affect careers.
TEXT: Robin Bansal
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