Ayesha Jhulka Opens Up About Quitting Bollywood

Ayesha Jhulka recently revealed the reasons behind her decision to leave the movie industry and focus on other pursuits. Let's dive into the details.


Ayesha Jhulka, the veteran actress known for her glamorous roles, has made a comeback on OTT platforms after a long hiatus. Her last appearance was in Tanuja Chandra’s series Hush Hush in 2022, and she is now seen in the web series Happy Family Conditions Apply. However, Ayesha left the film industry midway in her career. In a recent interview, she revealed the reasons behind her decision to quit movies and delved into the topic in detail. Keep reading to know more.

Ayesha Jhulka Opens Up About Quitting Bollywood
Ayesha Jhulka Opens Up About Quitting Bollywood

Ayesha Jhulka had gained popularity in the film industry through her successful films such as Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Himmatwala, and more. However, she recently revealed that many of her roles were typecast, and she was only offered roles to portray a ‘glam girl’ image.

Ayesha Jhulka on quitting Bollywood

Ayesha Jhulka, in an interview with The Times of India, revealed that her decision to leave the industry was a deliberate one. She explained that she wanted to make sure that she could add value to a project if she was going to be associated with it. However, she felt that she was not being given the opportunity to perform and was being treated like a prop instead. Therefore, she concluded that it was not worth her time.

Ayesha Jhulka expressed that she had to stop taking up roles that typecasted her as a glamour girl. She pointed out that every actress desires growth and recognition for their acting skills, and not just for their appearance. According to Jhulka, despite having different character names, the roles she was offered were quite similar when she first started working in the Hindi film industry.

Ayesha Jhulka wanted to be known for her acting not glam girl

Ayesha Jhulka continued to explain that she didn’t have any problem with the roles being offered to her, but she felt that she was being typecast and offered the same kind of films repeatedly. She had to portray the same role of being a glam girl, dance and sing in movies, and be a mere prop for the hero. She acknowledged that it was acceptable as a newcomer, but as she progressed in her career, she wanted to be recognized for her acting skills. She realized that the kind of cinema she was doing no longer fulfilled her and didn’t tap her full potential. Therefore, she decided to take a break from acting and channel her energies elsewhere.

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