Prominent Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji who has turned 40 today has just shared a heartfelt letter. Addressing some serious issues like unrealistic expectations from actresses, gender disparities in the industry, and frowning upon social causes in her letter.
Rani started her letter with a warm thanks to the filmmakers who banked on the star to cast her in their films. The actress quoted;
It feels great to be 40! It feels great to have also worked for 22 years and have been incredibly lucky to get so much love and appreciation. Very rarely do we artists get material that can genuinely cause social change, cause change in attitude and thinking and I have been fortunate enough to get such content multiple times. I truly feel blessed. I thank all the film-makers who have trusted me with their characters. Your characters, your films, became my identity.
She continued and shared how she identified the industry's call and wrote,
I realised very late that I was actually born to be an actor, that I was born to entertain. And I hope I have been able to do just that.
She continued and talked about the hardships faced by the women in the industry.
As a woman, I must admit, it has not been an easy journey. I had to prove myself everyday. Actresses have to prove themselves everyday. A woman has a short career span, a married woman's equity dies, women are not bankable commodities at the box office, 'female-centric' (I hate this word!) films are huge risks, a married actress who is also a mother is the final nail in the coffin of her dreams, ambitions and aspirations - there are some of the discriminatory stereotypes that we have to live with and try to overcome every single day.
For a woman, the disparity with a man is huge and glaring in this industry. We are judged for our looks, our dancing skills, our height, our voice, our acting, how we carry ourselves every time we step out of the house - we have to be the best and yet we are thought to be extremely dispensable. I have been asking my friends to talk about their weaknesses and how they overcame them. On my birthday, I cannot skirt these massive hichkis that my fellow actresses ad I have faced/face and will face every day.
She concluded the letter with on a note full of hopefulness and optimism. She wrote,
I have tried to take on this sexist stereotype by coming back to acting after my marriage and motherhood. And I promise you, I will continue working and battling these stereotypes with all of my fellow stunning, beautiful, kind, and talented actresses and hope to see our society and the film industry mature, I can already see the changes for the better and it fills me with joy. It makes my journey, my career meaningful. I want to see many more victories for all of us. It's about time. I will be back soon - to try and entertain you, to push the envelope again.
Signing off the letter with love she wrote, "Till then, love you all. Yours forever, RANI"
. Rani will now be seen in her upcoming film, 'Hichki'.
Rani plays Naina Mathur, who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds. Directed by Siddharth P Malhotra, it highlights this through the story of Naina, who faces discrimination from the society that firmly believes she cannot be a teacher because of her disorder.
The film is all set to hit the screens on March 23.
with inputs ~ ani