Bollywood actress Ayesha Jhulka, who is set to make her web series debut with ‘Hush Hush’, is best known for hit 1990 films such as ‘Khiladi’ and ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’.
In an interview with ETimes, Ayesha spilled the beans on a scene in ‘Khiladi’ where her co-star Akshay Kumar spits water on her face.
She explained that once she takes on a project she believes in surrendering to the director and the team, having faith in them, and doing what they want the actor to do.
However, she does know where to draw the line and establishes boundaries before entering the sets. These include costumes or certain scenes she isn’t comfortable doing.
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That being said, once Ayesha decides to do a project with clarity, she tries to be the director’s actor and doesn’t like throwing tantrums unless she is troubled unnecessarily.
Ayesha was last seen in the 2018 film ‘Genius’. ‘Hush Hush’ is a seven-episode thriller created by Tanuja Chandra.
Also starring Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, Kritika Kamra, Shahana Goswami, and Karishma Tanna, ‘Hush Hush’ follows a group of women whose picture-perfect lives begin to come undone when an unexpected event brings to the fore secrets from their past and threatens everything that’s dear to them.
Jhulka, who has worked with directors like Abbas-Mustan and Mansoor Khan, said she feels lucky to have been directed by a woman for the first time in her career of 30 years.
“She made me realise the potential inside me. She made me do things I think only a woman could. I don’t mean male directors are not doing a great job, but I feel she could understand the depth of it,” she told PTI.
On-screen representation matters, said Chandra, adding she has been telling women’s stories right from the outset.
“It is not an agenda, it is something I live to do. Representation makes a huge difference when we talk about women’s stories because it is an untapped treasure of storytelling, which for centuries has never been considered important,” the acclaimed director said.
However, there is still a long way to go, she pointed out.
“After so many years I can say the time has come when we can do this without hesitation… We always had to have a male hero along with the heroine… Until half the stories are not female-driven or have female directors or writers, I don’t think it will be an equal playing field. We still have time to go,” she added.
Produced by Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment, ‘Hush Hush’ will start streaming on September 22 on an OTT platform.
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