MAANVI GAGROO

Ac­tor (Web Se­ries, Tripling and Pitch­ers)

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Free­dom means not be­ing con­trolled. It could be in the form of speech, writ­ing, act­ing, fash­ion or even one’s choice of pro­fes­sion. There has been tremen­dous growth but we need to see where we are headed rather than pat our­selves on the back for how far we’ve come.

Three things that come to my mind when I talk about the 70th year of In­de­pen­dence. Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is still il­le­gal. San­i­ta­tion is still a lux­ury. Casteism, al­though hid­den from our daily ur­ban ex­is­tence, is still ridicu­lously preva­lent.

If I had com­plete free­dom. I would un­in­hib­it­edly speak my mind in in­ter­views. Very few fe­male ac­tors en­joy the lux­ury of choice. A lot is still ruled by age, mar­i­tal sta­tus and body type. It is slowly chang­ing though. At least strong fe­male ac­tors aren't rub­bished as 'art' cin­ema ac­tors any­more. It's very im­por­tant for women cen­tric films to do well com­mer­cially. But I be­lieve the au­di­ence to­day is far more ac­cept­ing of that.

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