The 76-year-old, who ruled the screen during the 1950s and 1960s and has been part of filmdom for about six decades, praises the change. (JPN/Agencies)
"They are improving technically, subjectwise, performancewise.... I must say that the present generation is very smart and focussed, hard working, and they know exactly what they want," Waheeda said in an exclusive interview.
Asked to draw a comparison between old timers and new age actors, Waheeda, the star of all time Bollywood classics like "Solvaa Saal", "Pyasa", "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam", "Bees Saal Baad' and "Guide", said, "I can talk about myself. I know I was successful, I was liked and loved and respected; so I was happy with that.
"But today there is much more. The present generation has got a much shorter (screen) life than what we had. There is always somebody standing in queue mainly because of the (influx of) models and beauty contests,” said the actress.
Quite akin to her on-screen persona, Waheeda looked as graceful as ever in a cream orange printed silk sari, and listened to the questions patiently and answered them uncomplainingly.
She is all praise for women-centric cinema that is translating into big bucks at the ticket window.
Lauding the women power on the big screen, Waheeda said, "I am happy because lately all the women-centric movies have been doing very well - like 'Highway' and 'Queen'. So many women-oriented movies! I am very happy for the girls. Now they are getting some good movies."
When it comes to actresses, marriage is seen as a roadblock, but Waheeda says it's just a mindset.
"In those days Meena Kumari and Sharmila Tagore were married, but they were so good and got good directors, subjects and their films did well.
"I feel it is the makers who have got this hesitation that she (an actress) is married and all... I don't think people (the viewers) who are watching mind whether the actress is married or unmarried,” said the actress.
The 76-year-old, who ruled the screen during the 1950s and 1960s and has been part of filmdom for about six decades, praises the change.