Rani Mukharji pens down her Bollywood journey in an open letter on her 40th birthday
Actress Rani Mukharji, who turns 40 today, shared a heartfelt letter. Rani Mukharji is one of those actresses who have managed to defeat the mindset that an actress’s shelf life is till she gets married. Rani has given us a power-packed film Mardani after her marriage to producer-director Aditya Chopra and now awaiting release her film Hichki after motherhood. On her birthday, she has penned an open letter on her journey to Bollywood.
The letter reads, “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 – these are some of the discriminatory stereotypes that we have to live with and try to overcome every single day.”
Talking on her own challenge to beat this stereotype, she adds, “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 my fellow stunning, beautiful, kind and talented actresses and hope to see our society and the film industry mature further.”
On the professional front Rani’s film Hichki is ready to hit the theatre on March 23. Produced by Maneesh Sharma under the Yash Raj Films banner, the movie is a comeback film of Rani after 4 years of Mardaani (2014). In the movie, she plays Naina Mathur, who has Tourette Syndrome in which an individual makes involuntary repetitive movements or sounds, but is ready to overcome all obstacles to become a teacher.