BOLLYWOOD: The conventional saying goes, ‘Behind every successful man there is a woman.’ And we along with Bollywood star Amrita Rao are inclined to believe that. Rao, best-known for films like Main Hoon Na and Vivah, is staging a comeback of sorts with the biopic Thackeray after she disappeared from the limelight post her wedding in 2016.
After marrying RJ Anmol, having dated him for 7 years, Rao made a conscious break from Bollywood. “It was a very intentional break because my focus was clearly my personal life for the last four years,” says the actress. In 2016, however, she made her television debut with the show Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai. When asked why she turned to TV, the petite beauty replies, “TV because there was no Netflix and there was no digitalization. Television was definitely looking for a change. Like the West they wanted Bollywood actors to debut with finite series. We were only waiting for Netflix to come to India. And soon enough it has come and taken everyone by storm.”
Thackeray will likely take everyone by storm too. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role of Bal Thackeray, Rao plays his wife, Mina Thackarey in the film that tells the story of a firebrand journalist who goes on to become one of the most influential political leaders of the birth and evolution of the Shiv Sena.
In a phone conversation with City Times ahead of the movie’s release in theatres this weekend, Amrita Rao gets candid about getting back to the limelight with such a powerful role.