Tisca Chopra Opens Up on Being Replaced By ‘Someone Younger’: ‘It’s Very Sad World We’re Living…’

Tisca Chopra is best known for her movies like Taare Zameen Par and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji.

Tisca Chopra is best known for her movies like Taare Zameen Par and Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji.

Actress Tisca Chopra, who has worked in over 50 films in her decades-long career, made her directorial debut with a short film titled Rubaru in 2020.

Tisca Chopra has earned critical acclaim for her performances in projects like Taare Zameen Par, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, Hostages and Dahan. However, the actress decided to turn producer after she was replaced by “someone younger” from a project.

“In 2016, there was a particular director who strung me along for a bit of time. We started doing prep, costumes, lines, and everything. About four days before the shoot, he said they were going with someone younger. Then, he tried to fob it off by saying it’s the call of the producers. But I could see that it was just… I didn’t want to hear that anymore,” she said during a chat with Galatta Plus.

The actor added, “By that time, I also got a sense of the fact that there were things going on in my head that I had been ignoring for some time. I’ve had the benefit of working with wonderful directors and learning from them by watching their process and imbibing that. If youth and beauty are the only two things that are attractive in a particular market… my insides rebelled against that. If they are interested only in young and beautiful, it’s a very sad world we’re living in.”

During the interview, Tisca Chopra also opened up about how she decided to become a creator and backed the short film Chutney. “I had been doing this piece called Chutney at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. It was based on Bhisham Sahni’s story. It too had morphed into something else by that time in my head. So, I narrated that to a few, very close people and we came up with the story and wrote it. The protagonist was neither good-looking nor young. Nor did she have any other privileges. She was not well-spoken and didn’t have a male heir or a child. And yet, she controls the narrative in that story,” she said.

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