#BreakingTheBarriers: Swastika Mukherjee, Parno Mitra and other actors who set examples with their bold moves
Have a look at some of the boldest leading ladies of the Bengali film industry who have continued to break all the conservative societal barriers and set great examples for others!
Watching our favourite female actors play some of the strongest and leading roles in films has been highly inspiring. But learning about the various bold and unapologetic moves that these stars have made in their real lives is even more inspiring. From being a doting single mother to opening about mental health, various leading ladies of the Bengali television and film fraternity have come forth and set truly motivating examples for us all.
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The Lovely Mrs Mookherjee actor Swastika Mukherjee has given us marvellous performances through the numerous characters she has played in various films. And along with being such a talented and hardworking woman, Swastika has balanced her life as a single mother of a beautiful young daughter, Anwesha. Openly talking about womanhood and motherhood, the Onek Diner Pore actor has shared countless memorable moments that she has spent with Anwesha on her social media handles too.
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From being in a live-in relationship to marrying someone with a huge age difference, Haripada Haribol actor Dolon Roy has done it all. When Dolon and Deepankar Dey got hitched in 2020, at the age of 50 and 70, respectively, she proved that age is only a number. She also proved that one is free to follow their own heart without fearing any of the orthodox societal standards such as the right age for marriage or age gaps between partners.
One’s own mental health can be a very personal thing for each and every person. And opening up about it publicly can be a tough thing to do, especially given how much scrutiny comes with being a celebrity at all times. However, Chokher Bali actor Parno Mittra has been very honest and open about her battle with depression. Speaking about her own mental health, she revealed details about being suicidal, how her doctors have been helpful and how crucial is the support of one’s friends and family during the tougher times.
Mental health is important! I have been suicidal and have thought of it a number of times. The pain doesn’t go away. We slowly move into a shell that becomes unbreakable! It’s not easy to open up or just talk to someone. It becomes a part of your being .
— P (@parnomittra) June 15, 2020
In a nation like India, people of various religious backgrounds have been known to co-exist for ages. While many people have wanted to or are in support of interfaith marriages, a good chunk of society is still against it to this day. However, this never stopped Asur actor Nusrat Jahan from going for an interfaith marriage. Nusrat is married to Nikhil Jain, a businessman based out of Kolkata. Although she received massive hatred for it and was bashed for accessories that are associated with the Hindu religion, she boldly spoke up about it stating faith and clothing do not have anything to do with each other and that nobody needs to comment on what she chooses to wear.
Towards a happily ever after with Nikhil Jain ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yqo8xHqohj
— Nusrat Jahan Ruhi (@nusratchirps) June 19, 2019
In a world where people have always looked down upon dark-skinned people for no reason, being an actor of a darker skin shade surely comes with various challenges. However, Kaali and Family Album actor Paoli Dam has bagged some of the most spectacular roles and done immense justice to them by delivering truly mind-blowing performances for her much-appreciative audience over the years in the Indian film industry. Her determination, hard work and unmissable skills have led her to be one of the most successful actors of her time.
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Actor Srabanti Chatterjee, who judged the Bengali dance reality television show, Dance Bangla Dance Junior 2018, has been married thrice. While society still looks down upon women moving out of unhappy marriages and at a time where it is still not normalised, Srabanti has constantly put herself first. She has taken decisions that make her happy without the fear of judgements of others. The actor continues to live a happy life with her now-husband Roshan Singh without caring about the unnecessary commentary that society has passed from time to time about her choices in life.
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