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Ameesha Patel On Her Bollywood Absence: Difficult To Match Up With The Opportunities I’ve Had

Ameesha Patel recently got candid on what kept her away from the big screen as she looks forward to the release of ‘Gadar 2’.

Ameesha Patel is currently working on the sequel of Gadar.
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Ameesha Patel was last seen in ‘Bhaiaji Superhit’ almost five years back in 2018. But before that too, she had been away from films apart from cameos in ‘Race 2’ and ‘Shortcut Romeo’ (both released in 2013). Now, she is finally looking forward to the theatrical release of ‘Gadar 2’ on August 11.

In an interview with News18, the actress mentioned that she hopes more offers come her way so that she doesn’t have to stay away from Bollywood for long. “I hope that post ‘Gadar 2’, lots of good opportunities come my way,” she says.

When asked what kept her away, the actress said, “You need to ask producers, directors and actors as to what’s keeping me away from doing more films,” adding, “It’s very difficult to match up with the opportunities that I’ve had with ‘Humraaz’ (2002), ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ (2007) or even ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd’ (2007). At that time, films like ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd’ didn’t exist. Farhan Akhtar’s production house Excel Entertainment had the vision to start a new kind of cinema.”

Ameesha pointed out that she did prove her mettle with a varied kind of roles. She mentioned, “I’ve always ventured out and taken risks and challenges. I’ve done the typical commercial cinema but also done different kinds of roles within that space. I hope that happens again soon where people actually write good films.”

The actress, who was also seen in films like ‘The Mangal Pandey: The Rising’ (2005) and ‘Aap Ki Khatir’ (2006), lastly hopes that good films are written that actors can prove themselves. “Currently, we see films but we don’t see good writing in them. In the past couple of films, there have been some very forgettable films that have happened in Bollywood. And not only me but I think every actor is also looking forward to doing something that they can chew on and sink their teeth into, which is a very rare thing now,” she said. 

Nonetheless, she is now looking forward eagerly to ‘Gadar 2’, which is a sequel to ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ (2001), released 22 years back. Calling how it feels like ‘going back home’, she signed off by saying, “Everything was so familiar. There’s some magic when Sunny and I wear the costumes of Tara and Sakeena. It’s a very beautiful feeling. We don’t need to work very hard on our body language and characters, it just comes naturally. Tara and Sakeena are very hard to match up in our respective careers. They flow in our blood.”

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