In an interview with a news portal, the Bell Bottom actress shares that there was a time when women over 40 were only considered for the role of a “long-suffering wife or grandmother”, but not anymore, with age-appropriate roles being written in the industry.
Looking back at the recent projects, Lara shares, it feels liberating to display women in their 40’s with the most honest characters, and also added that it was a ‘fulfilling experience’ – from a woman in her 40s exploring the dating scene in Hiccups and Hookups to a cop trying to get noticed in a man’s world in Hundred.
Speaking about her earlier days in the industry from 2003, Lara shares, she used to portray characters who were of her own age, with very real problems. She says it’s amazing to play flawed characters. “It feels liberating to play a woman who is not perfect on screen, and is faulty and has her weaknesses,” the actress told Hindustan Times.
When asked about the age factor for women to pick up roles that represent and resonate with themselves, the actress shares, the entire cohort of women between 35 and 55 were very rarely seen and addressed on screen, whether it was in films or anything else, and added that it felt as though they didn’t exist.
Lara also added that it’s amazing to be able to display vulnerability on screen in a public space as they are constantly told to internalize everything.