Budding actor Tara Sutaria plays a deaf-mute girl in her second release of the year Marjaavaan, and she says her generation of actors are missing out on the nuanced expressions of yesteryear’s heroines such as Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nutan.
Since she does not have any dialogue in her upcoming film, Tara says she had to fall back on expressions and sign language to bring alive her character. “I always find Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nutan fascinating. Their screen presence, beauty, eyes, and expressions are on a different level. Their subtle expressions would speak a thousand words silently. I think our generation misses out on their adaa and nazaaqat. I hope we can bring back those things,” Tara said.
She feels changing audience taste and overall westernisation has triggered off such change. “Maybe, we are westernised, and the audience has changed, so we do not require such nuances. These days, filmmakers cater to all kinds of audience. So, there is a period drama that is happening where the acting needs old-world charm and there are films that are set in the present time. Having said that, as an audience, I would love to watch films that give me a glimpse of the black-white era,” said the actor.
Directed by Milap Zaveri, Marjaavaan features Siddharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Rakul Preet Singh with Tara. Tara said that she went through extensive sign language training for her role, and wishes to see the reaction from the differently-abled community after they watch her film. She said, “After learning sign language, I am more empathetic towards them. I really want to show the film to the mute and deaf community and I hope they like my character of Zoya.”
Talking about her next releases Tara said, “When you see me in my next film Tadap after Marjaavaan, you will see a very different character. I am playing a bad-ass girl there — it has no similarity with my two films so far. The film is a remake of the south Indian film ‘RX 100’, and we have changed the story a bit. It is going to be interesting,” she revealed.