Farida Jalal recalls playing a romantic role in Aradhana opposite Rajesh Khanna; Says 'I was nervous'

Farida Jalal said that she loves the film industry and her profession, hates what’s going on at this moment.
Farida Jalal recalls playing a romantic role in Aradhana opposite Rajesh KhannaFarida Jalal recalls playing a romantic role in Aradhana opposite Rajesh Khanna; Says 'I was nervous'
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Veteran actor Farida Jalal has been part of some of several iconic films such as Aradhana, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to name a few. She has been part of the film industry for over five decades and has done over 200 films. However, many people think that Farida Jalal only portrayed mother and sister roles. But very few people know that she has played romantic roles as well. Particularly, the one that stood out the most was in Aradhana opposite late superstar Rajesh Khanna. 

In a recent interview with TOI, Farida Jalal has spoken about her acting journey, film industry and more. She said that before Aaradhna, she had done Rajshri Productions’ Taqdeer in 1967. Aradhana was her second film, she was happy about the fact that she got the role but was nervous about romancing on-screen. She further added, “In that romantic song in Aradhana with Rajesh Khanna ji ‘Baago mein bahaar hai’ where I come out as a very coy girl, I wasn’t putting on any act. I was actually feeling very shy. So to answer your question, yes I did nurse that thought. But it didn’t happen.”

Farida Jalal had also taken part in the talent hunt contest along with Rajesh Khanna in 1965.  

When asked about her male counterparts like Anupam Kher and Paresh Rawal, like why do they still get to play various roles, she said, “They were cast opposite me. And now look at the fact that they have got to do a villain’s role, comedian’s role, lawyer’s role, doctor’s role. And their body language was so different in all. What haven’t they done? But what about the women? Why aren’t we given those opportunities?”

Later, when asked about the ongoing drugs issue, she said that she is in a happy space. She loves the film industry and her profession, hates what’s going on at this moment. She quoted, “Creative people are much better off in the rest of the world.”

And one of the most memorable films she has done is Mammo with Shyam Benegal. She revealed that the makers had told her that they had Waheeda Rehman on their mind, but later, she bagged the role.

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