Mahima Chaudhry has talked about her earlier days in Bollywood where everyone wanted a 'virgin actress who hadn't kissed'. The actress, who was last seen in the 2016 film Dark Chocolate, recently told a leading daily about how an actress's career was 'written off' if they were dating somebody.
Mahima said that female actors have a longer shelf life than before and it’s totally changed from how it was when she had joined Bollywood. “The minute you started dating someone, people would write you off because they only wanted a virgin who had not kissed. If you were dating someone, it was like, ‘Oh! She’s dating!’. If you were married, then forget it, you career was over, and if you had a child, it was like absolutely over,” she explained.
The actor, who debuted in the industry with the 1997 film Pardes opposite Shah Rukh Khan, added that women are in powerful positions today. “I think the industry is getting to a position where female actors are also calling the shots. They getter better parts, better pay, endorsements, they’re at a great and much powerful position. They have a longer shelf life than before,” she said.
Mahima went on to talk about men in the industry and how even they used to hide their relationship status for their on-screen image. "Even when Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak came, we didn’t know he (Aamir Khan) was married, same for Govinda. People didn’t show their children’s photographs or expose them as that would tell their age! All these things have really changed between now,” she said.