NEW DELHI: With movies like 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan' in her filmography, actress Seema Pahwa has become one amongst the favourite on-screen moms in new-age Bollywood. She feels that the new modernised mothers in films are more impactful and relatable to the audience.
Drawing comparisons between Bollywood mothers of then and now, she said: "Earlier a mother's character was perceived as very idealistic and tragic. But a mother in the modern generation is assumed to be normal, living an easy life and having more of a practical approach towards everything. I feel the new modernised mothers are more impactful and relatable to the audience."
She has also avidly admired Bollywood mothers from earlier films though.
"I am really fond of Durga Khoteji who played a mother in many films. I admire the way she had performed and her understanding towards art," said the 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' actress.
Seema is back to playing a mom, once again for a short film, 'Everything Is Fine', by Mansi Jain.
"The character that I played within the short film, which was released by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, was very different. Mansi did an excellent job by not making Asha (her character) so cliche," she said.
"Secondly, I actually really like ending of the short film. It leaves a question mark on the audience's minds as to what extent...women's, mothers, wives who are invisible to even their own families sometimes. And their needs and desires are secondary and irrelevant," she added.
While the short film released during the lockdown, she has been keeping herself creatively active in these tough times.
"I am keen on reading and writing and engaging myself in writing stories. I'm enjoying the lockdown by watching all kinds of films in several languages. I'm also experimenting with my cooking skills," said Seema.
She also is working on two brand new projects.
"There are two new projects that I'm currently acting on, I'm excited to deliver something great and meaningful to my audience," said Seema, who made her debut as a director with 'Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi' last year.
It's about to be difficult to get the audience back to theatres after the lockdown. Asked if she is going to be more careful about her choice of films, she said: "The pandemic has surely got us at a place where we are forced to not go out."
But she roots for "beautifully written and fun to watch" films.