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'They only wanted a v*rg*n who had not kissed': Mahima Chaudhry on how Bollywood has changed for female actors

"The minute you started dating someone, people would write you off because they only wanted a v*rg*n who had not kissed," Mahima Chaudhry said.

Mahima Chaudhry

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Manisha Chauhan

Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhry, who made her debut with the film 'Pardes', has been away from the silver screen for a long time. However, the actress has always been vocal about her thoughts. Recently, she talked about how the Indian film industry has changed for female actors.

 While speaking to Hindustan Times, the 'Dhadkan' actress said, "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 in a great and much powerful position. They have a longer shelf life than before."

She further added, "The minute you started dating someone, people would write you off because they only wanted a v*rg*n who had not kissed. If you were dating someone, it was like, 'Oh! She's dating!’. If you were married, then forget it, your career was over, and if you had a child, it was like absolutely over."

Mahima also said that now people are accepting female actors in different kinds of roles. While speaking about earlier days, she mentioned that actors had to hide their personal lives. She stated, "Earlier, it was either-or, but now, you can continue with both. Now, people are accepting women in different kinds of roles, even romantic ones post her becoming a mother or wife. Her personal life is celebrated. Even the men used to hide their before, a lot of them. Post their film’s release or many years later, we got to know so and so was married."

Mahima started her Bollywood career with the movie 'Pardes' in the year 1997. 'Pardes' also featured  Shah Rukh Khan and Apurva Agnihotri in the lead roles. The movie was directed by Subhash Ghani and was a huge hit.

For the unversed, Mahima got married to Bobby Mukherji in the year 2006. The couple welcomed their daughter Ariana in 2007. The couple, however, got divorced in 2013.