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Young, but old – Friday Spl. Aticle by Naveen

Actresses are said to be too conscious about how they are being presented are screen. And, they take all efforts and walk the extra mile to look young. But, if they are offered challenging and performance-oriented roles, some of them are ready to shed their image.

Our actresses, at a young age, have performed the roles of older women in films. Though it is not an easy task, they underwent pains to do this without bothering about their image in the minds of the audience. take a look at a few of them.


In the recently released Telugu flick ‘Oh Baby’, Samantha Akkineni has played a 70-year-old who becomes a 24-year-old. The fantasy comedy film, based on the South Korean movie ‘Miss Granny’, is directed by B V Nandini Reddy.

The film stars Samantha Akkineni, Naga Shaurya, Lakshmi, Rajendra Prasad in the lead roles and features music composed by Mickey J Meyer.

The story is about how a 70-year-old, played by Lakshmi is turned into a 24-year-old, played by Samantha. However, her son, played by Rao Ramesh and his family refuse to believe. Jagapathi Babu on the other hand plays the photographer who helps Baby regain her youth.


In S S Rajamouli-directed ‘Baahubali’, Anushka Shetty played a warrior princess Devasena and her older version. Devasena is the lead female character of the ‘Baahubali’ franchise along with Sivagami.

Princess of Kuntala Kingdom, Devasena is a skilled fighter and a great archer. Amarendra Baahubali falls in love with her during a visit to Kuntala kingdom. Devasena reciprocates the same feeling towards him.

She is brave and bold and believes firmly in her decisions. She practices a lot to improve her martial skills. Devasena marries Baahubali, with whom she has a child, Mahendra Baahubali.
Bhallaladeva wants Devasena’s hand in marriage and makes his mother Sivagami promise that he would get married to Devasena.
Devasena (now in love with Baahubali) rejects the marriage proposal by Bhallaladeva and chooses Baahubali instead. Furious, Sivagami declares Bhallaladeva the new king of Mahishmathi.
Baahubali eventually dies in the hands of Kattappa, his trusted companion.

On the day Baahubali dies, Devasena gives birth to Mahendra Baahubali. Sivagami eventually learns the truth about Bhallaladeva’s treachery. Bhallaladeva orders his men to capture Devasena while Sivagami flees with baby Mahendra in her arms.

Devasena is then tormented for the next 25 years. During her time in captivity, she prepares a pyre for Bhalla. Devasena would eventually be freed by her son Mahendra Baahubali (now called Sivudu/Shiva). Her son, Sivudu, after learning about his father’s heritage and demise, sets out to avenge his death.
After Bhallaladeva’s death, Devasena becomes the new Queen Mother (Rajamatha) and announces Mahendra Baahubali as the new king of Mahishmati kingdom.


In Superstar Rajinikanth-starrer ‘Kabali’, Radhika Apte played Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) who is separated from her husband Kabali (Rajinikanth) for more than two decades.

While Kabali thinks Kumudhavalli is no more, he learns after coming out of prison that Kumudha is still alive and is living with a French family in Puducherry.

Kabali and his daughter Yogi (Dhanshika) then leave for Puducherry, where, after several days of searching, they reunite with Kumudha and spend a few days with her there.

While in Puducherry, Kabali and his family are attacked by men sent by drung smuggling don Tony. However, Kabali and Yogi fight them off and escape safely with Kumudha.


In Kamal Haasan-starrer ‘Indian’ directed by Shankar, Sukanya played Amirthavalli, an elderly woman and wife of Senapathi (Kamal), a freedom fighter.

As per the script, Amirthavalli (Sukanya) details the story on their struggles during pre-independence India, the discrimination by British officials and the Indian Freedom Movement Rebellions against the British atrocities, etc., leading Senapathy to marrying Amirthavalli, but leaving for Singapore to join Subhas Chandra Bose to be part of the INA. He returns after independence and unites with his wife.

The couple has a son (Kamal again) and daughter (Kasthuri). The story is about how an ex-freedom fighter turned vigilante bent on rooting out corruption, and his son, who is at the other end of the spectrum by facilitating corrupt practices leading to some unfortunate events.


Radhika Sarathkumar played the female lead in Superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘Nallavanukku Nallavan’. She appeared in both younger and older versions of her character named Uma.

The 1984 film was a remake of 1983 Telugu film ‘Dharmaatmudu’. Produced by AVM and directed by S P Muthuraman, ‘Nallavanukku Nallavan’ was a blockbuster and completed a 152-day run at the box office.

By Naveen


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