Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Padnekar starrer Saand Ki Aankh triggered ageism debate over casting young actors in the roles of characters belonging to older age group.
Now veteran actor Anupam Kher has come out in defence of the actors and expressed disappointment over the criticism the actresses had to undergo. "It does not make any logic to condemn the artistes," he says.
"Such criticism is wrong. I don't find any logic in it. It's actor's job to challenge oneself and do something beyond the comfort zone, and make it interesting. I was in my 20s when I portrayed a 65-year-old man in my first film. People appreciated my performance. So why not now? Why are these talented actresses being criticised? I have not seen 'Saand Ki Aankh' but I am proud of the girls that they have essayed the roles of older women. Acting ka matlab yahi hota hai ki kisi bhi role ko bakhoobi nibhaye," Anupam told IANS.
While lending support to Taapsee and Bhumi, Anupam shared that he does not agree with Neena Gupta and Soni Razdan's views on the controversy.
For the unversed, Neena expressed her disappointment over the casting of the film in a socoal media post. "Yes I was just thinking about this hamari umar ke role toe kamse kam humse kara lo bhai." said her post.
Even Soni Razdan had felt that the makers of "Saand ki Aankh" should have approached senior actors for the roles.
"Soni and Neena are my good friends. I have worked with them in so many films and plays, but I have the liberty of telling them that they are wrong to think like that. Ye kya baat hui ki buddhe ka role tha toh senior actor ko karna chayie tha. It does not make sense. Now, people will say Eddie Murphy should not have played the role of a fat man in the 'The Nutty Professor'...," he said.
Kher is waiting for the release of his forthcoming film "Hotel Mumbai", which recounts the 26/11 terror attack at Mumbai's iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in 2008.