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
— shristhi mitra (@shristhimitra) September 29, 2016