"A few women in Bollywood who have taught me that it's perfectly ok to be myself"
Sunny Leone has taken to social media to pay tribute to the bold and strong Bollywood actresses of yesteryears.
From the likes of Mandakini, Sharmila Tagore, Zeenat Aman, Madhubala, Dimple Kapadia and Rekha, the Tera Intezaar star shared sultry pictures of these glamorous divas on her Instagram account.
With the pictures, Sunny wrote:
“A few women in Bollywood who have taught me that it’s perfectly ok to be myself. Sharmila Tagore…Mandakini…Dimple Kapadia…Rekha…Zeenat Aman… Madhubala…”
A few women in Bollywood who have taught me that it's perfectly ok to be myself. Sharmila Tagore…Mandakini…Dimple Kapadia…Zeenat Aman… pic.twitter.com/Z0zv8FtbhG
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) December 20, 2017
The post came as a direct response to the ongoing protests that have been headlining India’s newspapers and gossip columns.
Bengaluru’s most glamorous New Year’s Eve with a sizzling performance by Bollywood diva Sunny Leone ceased to be a reality thanks to the city’s ‘sanskaari janta’.
Known to be one the fastest growing cities and hub for a generation of young entrepreneurs, it was shocking to see Kannada outfits protest against Sunny’s performance in the city.
The performance would be ‘attacking the city’s culture’ is what the protesters claimed. And Sunny was at the receiving end of a number of suicide threats as well.
With no backing from the Bengaluru police in ensuring Sunny’s protection in case of her arrival, the 36-year-old actress was forced to cancel the show.
There’s no doubt that Sunny enjoys a love-hate relationship with Indian audiences and hence despite people trying to constantly pull her down, the actress still enjoys a massive fan base.
While Karnataka may be having second-thoughts over accepting her, the other South state, Kerala had previously poured in immense love for the star. In August, earlier this year, she enjoyed a heart-warming welcome in Kochi.
After Sunny backed out, several fans of the star came out in support of her on social media.
To all those who protested and to all those who supported, always remember,never allow others to speak and choose for you.Have your own voice and make your own choices. You are the youth and you are the NEW INDIA! Stand Proud and Stand together. I love you all dearly!
— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) December 19, 2017
Rather than bashing the protesters for their unreasonable claims, Sunny as always took the high road and shared an intelligent post hinting the incident.
This is not the first time that the actress has been at the receiving end of sexist judgements but surely, she seems to have aced at tackling it well.
By referencing these Bollywood icons of the past, Sunny noted the importance of being true to oneself.
Not only was Sunny’s post a fitting reply to her protesters, it was also one of the most progressive reactions by an actress towards the work of senior actresses in the industry.
From Zeenat Aman’s ahead of time sheer dressing in Satyam Shivam Sundaram to Mandakini’s famed ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili Hogayi’ exposure under the waterfall, Bollywood’s leading ladies have come a long way.
While each of these ladies received an iconic tag for their bold avatars, it only seems unfair for Leone to undergo such scrutiny due to her past.