Neeru Bajwa ‘Indecent Experiance’: Neeru Bajwa started her career in the Bollywood with Dev Anand’s Main Solah Baras Ki in 1998 and she has gone on to become a celebrated name in the Punjabi film industry. She says she was “put off” by Bollywood after she faced an “indecent experience.”
The actress, whose latest Punjabi film is Shadaa with Diljit Dosanjh, has been actively promoting the movie in the last few days. Asked why she did not try to push her luck further in Bollywood, Neeru said:
“Well, without taking (talking) any name(s), I just want to say that I had a really indecent experience during a meeting for a Bollywood film. I was told that, ‘This is what you have to do to make it here’. It left me shaken, uncomfortable and I was put off.”
“I am not saying that that is how the industry works. I am saying that I was one of the unfortunate actresses who had encountered a terrifying experience. Since then, I did not try my luck in Bollywood and I never will. I am comfortable in my space in Punjabi cinema,” added the actress, who has bagged several awards for films like Mel Karade Rabba, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya and Jatt & Juliet 2.
Neeru Bajwa was out promoting her new film Shadaa which is directed by Jagdeep Sidhu and was released today.
The story of the film revolves around a girl from Punjab who does not want to get married. But society and her family criticises her for making such a choice. Personally, Neeru said she does not believe in following a timeline that society sets for marriage.
“Getting married within a certain point of time is one of them. Girls and boys also face the societal pressure to get married which I find wrong,” added the actress, who herself got married at the age of 34.
A mother to a four-year-old girl, Neeru wants to encourage her daughter to be more independent.
“I think we condition our girls with the thought of getting married to feel complete and successful. Therefore, once girls finish their education, their goal becomes not to build a career and earn money, but getting married. I will not even tell my daughter to get married if she does not find her life partner. I would rather push her towards education and financial independence…. That is why I work even now. I know that confidence comes from there. I do not have to depend on a man to give me bread,” she said.
In the film industry, she is happy to observe a vital change for women. She is glad that now a woman can continue her acting career even after marriage and having children.
“Earlier it was so different. Now a woman is still offered a lead role in films at the age of 38. Look at me,” she said with a smile.
She said motherhood has taken centre stage in her life as of now, and that she does not plan her career anymore like the way she used to do in her initial days.
“My life revolves around my daughter now. I have done Punjabi films, TV shows, directed a film and then also did few Hindi films that I did not like. However, I did not regret them because I learnt a lot from those experiences,” she said.