Age is just a number. Any chance of you uttering these five words or you hearing someone uttering them is bound to bring up these three reactions- either they mock you, or they applaud your spirit to live on or they don’t do either of the two and give you a poker face.
But that’s just talking about us ‘mango people’. Along with us, there also exists a breed of human beings for whom age truly is nothing more than just a number and you can’t help but applaud them. They are like wine. Their energy, their vivaciousness, their skills and their love for life seems to only increase and get better with time. Like us, of course, they have seen the ups and downs in their personal and professional lives but what sets them apart is that the ups have made them rise and the downs have made them aspire to and occasionally rise higher.
Here’s looking at some Bollywood and Hollywood veterans who can give a 20/30 something a run for their money, and mind you, a hard one at that!
1. AMITABH BACHCHAN
If there ever was a timeless performer who has proved himself over the decades and risen like the proverbial Pheonix, it has to be the Big B. Starting his career with a string of duds at the BO, Amitabhji created the famous ‘angry young man’ of Bollywood and went on to give hits one after the other. A brief stint in politics, the Bofors scandal, and a sagging career followed but not one to give up, Big B re-invented himself through the small screen with Kaun Banega Crorepati, a show that captured India’s imagination like no other. Recently, he confessed that he was getting just too many scripts to act in and he wished he could accommodate all of them. Enough said? At 74, he is flooded with film offers and brand endorsements and is the head of a powerhouse family of performers. And here we have ‘youth icons’ retiring in their 20’s and 30’s! Sigh….
Recently, he confessed that he was getting just too many scripts to act in and he wished he could accommodate all of them. Enough said? At 74, he is flooded with film offers and brand endorsements and is the head of a powerhouse family of performers. And here we have ‘youth icons’ retiring in their 20’s and 30’s! Sigh….
2. MORGAN FREEMAN
Yet another rare talent from Hollywood. Morgan Freeman, in his illustrious career, has acted in films as popular and diverse as Shawshank Redemption, Now You See Me, Bruce Almighty, Seven, The Dark Knight trilogy and the Million Dollar Baby.
What is worth noting about Freeman here is the sheer diversity of his professional life. Many widely know the actor for his stellar performances and his perfectly enunciated voice but few know that the actor has served in the Armed Forces for four years, worked as a transcript clerk and also worked as a professional dancer in his heydays. Today, at 79, Morgan has been going stronger than ever, his voice lending itself for narration for several radio and film projects while his face and persona adorn several Hollywood blockbusters.
3. MITHUN CHAKRABORTY
Mithun Chakraborty, or Mithun da, as he is fondly called by fans is another veteran actor from Bollywood still going strong at 66. Hailed as one of the best dancers in Bollywood in the 80s, Mithun da’s Disco Dancer (1982) was a rage amongst people and to date, his character, Jimmy, is popular amongst the masses.
After a slew of hit films, Mithun da also founded CINTAA (Cine and TV Artists Association) in 1992 along with other veterans such as Sunil Duttji and Dileep Kumarji. Of late, his sojourn on the small screen as the Grandmaster on the hit dance reality show, Dance India Dance was highly successful and his stellar performances in films like Guru, Khiladi 786, Golmaal 3 and OMG (Oh My God) are testament to the fact that age has hardly slowed or weakened his on-screen prowess.
4. MERYL STREEP
Cited as one of the best actors of her generation, Meryl Streep has carried varied roles with elan and is particularly known for the ability to carry off various accents with ease. Having 19 Academy Award nominations, Streep has more nominations than any Hollywood actor or actress.
From roles as diverse to the ones in The Devil Wears Prada, Into The Woods and The Deer Hunter, Streep has performed skillfully and considering her Academy Award nomination for Into The Woods, which is just 2 years before, we’d say age has had no effect on her theatrical talent.
5. PARESH RAWAL
Does this man need an introduction? Bollywood’s Babu Bhaiya has been and continues to be one of the finest and most famous actors, even at 66.
Starting off with villainous roles in the early stages of his career, Rawal became famous for his brilliant comic portrayals in films such as Hera Pheri, Nayak, Awara Paagal Deewana, Hulchul, Garam Masala, Welcome and many others. Of late, his author-backed role in OMG (Oh My God) and his brilliant performance in Welcome Back prove that he is still a force to reckon with in the industry.
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