Bollywood actors are furious at forty plus

Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 9:13am IST Updated: Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 9:21am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

When it comes to action, it’s still the senior brigade that continues to rule the roost as the undisputed baaps of maar dhaad at the BO.

Actor Salman Khan’s big ticket release today, Ek Tha Tiger, sees the actor indulge in some hardcore raw action. Actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn too, like in their recent Rs100-crore outings, will once again be seen kicking some serious butt in their upcoming films Khiladi 786 and Son of Sardar respectively. Actor Aamir Khan too gets into his action avatar for Dhoom 3. Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s two big releases last year had him don action gear.

While action continues to rule the roost at the BO so far, what’s interesting is that rocking this genre is mostly the 40-plus brigade of A-league stars. Even actors Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor, who frequent the big screen in action outings belong to this senior brigade.

The younger breed of actors on the other hand seem to steer clear of trying their hand at any hardcore action. Right from Ranbir Kapoor, to Imran Khan to the newer entrants Ranveer Singh, Pulkit Samrat to rank newcomers Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra, none of them seem keen to dabble in the genre that’s become the domain of the hotties at 40s. Of course, there are exceptions like Arjun Kapoor, who made his debut with Ishaqzaade.

Trade analyst Komal Nahta says, “When it comes to being called action stars, there’s really nobody among the younger lot who can be called the undisputed action stars like Akshay or Ajay were known as newcomers.”

Talking about rocking post 40, Salman reveals that he loves the genre. “I love the larger than life hero that we get to become. I am okay with it as long as I can pull it off convincingly and look the part,” he smiles. Action king Akshay explains, “The idea is to make it all seem convincing. I don’t see what age has got to do with it, as long as you are fit.”


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