Crimes against women are at an all-time high. We’ve never known about so many rapes, acts of molestation, eve-teasing, and assaults against women as we know now. Although so many measures are being taken, it all seems never-ending. But in the midst of all this rage, came a mind-boggling movie that changed the perspective of many people. A lot of women around the country were moved by the movie Pink.
Problem is people who seriously NEED to watch #Pink movie won't go and watch it. And by any chance if they did, they won't learn a thing.— That Delhi Girl! (@ankitabardhan) September 22, 2016
The movie was relatable, with each situation pulling reality closer and closer. Whether it was the struggle to fight those boys in this chauvinistic society or the hard-hitting reality of dealing with biased authorities, the movie did justice to a woman’s struggle. Among all those moved by the film, a Twitter user by the name of Shristhi Mitra wrote an open letter to the lead actress of the movie, Tapsee Pannu. In her letter, she thanked her and acknowledged her for initiating something that could enable some changes in society. In her letter, she threw light on a lot of things, but in the end, agreed that “complete transformation of the society will take some time". “I realised that values and traditions are not everything, and no matter how much you uphold them, there will come a time when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is convenient.” she wrote. Read the full letter here:
This is a little piece of something I would like to share. Thank you @taapsee :) #PINKthefilm @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/4mK01fBtSN— shristhi mitra (@shristhimitra) September 29, 2016
Here's the full text of the letter.
Hope you are well. Before you wonder who I am, let me tell you that you don’t know me at all. But I felt the need and urge to write this letter to you after I watched Pink. I know the movie has done well and many congratulations to you on that. The reason I write to you is because this is much more than a film to me. It is a lesson in freedom and liberation.
Perhaps, not many would get what I am saying. I come from a small town called Shimla. I have grown up in a pretty middle class set up, which has always taught me to uphold my values and traditions. However, when I moved out of Shimla and started continuing my studies in Delhi, I realised that values and traditions are not everything, and no matter how much you uphold them, there will come a time when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is convenient. We are taught very early in life to keep our mouth shut when we want to share something that goes against family traditions. As girls, we are silenced more often but what we forget is the silence in our childhood transforms into silence in our adulthood as well. We get used to being a certain type, talking in a certain tone, and behaving in a certain manner no matter what the circumstances.
The instances portrayed in the film, we have all gone through in our lives. But how many of us have had the courage to stand up and say ‘I am right, they are wrong’ not many Taapsee. For you it may have been just a role that you essayed but trust me, you have transformed many lives, many mindsets. You have made girls strong, you have given them a reason to think about themselves, to love themselves enough to fight the odds in society. You have done what many actors haven’t been able to do. As a girl and as an actor, you should be proud that today you have managed to make a difference. Maybe every girl will not have the courage or willpower yet. Maybe the complete transformation of the society will take some time. Maybe it will still take some time for people to understand that ‘no means no’. But you have made a start, and that’s what matters.
Lots of love,
A proud woman