Want to work in films where women are shown as decision-makers: Paoli

16 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Want to work in films where women are shown as decision-makers: Paoli

Indian actress Paoli Dam says she's always on the lookout for roles that represent women's perspective in cinema and her latest choices are a reflection of that, reports PTI.

Dam, a prominent star in Bengali and Hindi cinema, featured in ‘Kaali’ and ‘Bulbbul’ in 2020. Both the films earned critical acclaim as well as audiences' love.

In ‘Bulbbul’, the actor received unanimous praise for her portrayal of a widow and in ‘Kaali’, she played a mother navigating a corrupt system of criminals and cops in a bid to save her son.

"This is what I have always wanted. It's not that from the start of my career, I was getting these strong and powerful roles. In mainstream films, there are (only) certain kinds of roles you play. You're used to looking a certain way. But I wanted to star in female-oriented films also, where women are shown as decision-makers," Dam told PTI in a Zoom interview from Kolkata.

The 40-year-old actor began her film career in 2006 and received her first breakthrough three years later with filmmaker Gautam Ghosh's Bengali drama ‘Kaalbela’, set against the backdrop of the Naxalite movement.

Dam credits the film for making viewers, as well as filmmakers, realise she could pull off "strong independent roles."

She is now gearing up for the release of the upcoming ZEE5 thriller film, ‘Raat Baaki Hai’ co-starring Anup Soni and Rahul Dev.

The film chronicles the story of a single night, where two estranged lovers end up meeting each other after 12 years under strange circumstances.

Directed by Avinash Das and based on Atul Satya's popular play ‘Ballygunje-1990’, ‘Raat Baaki Hai’ is set to premiere on ZEE5 today.