“There are a few things about women in cinema that we just normalized”

Sanya Malhotra: "There are a few things about women in cinema that we just normalized"
Sanya Malhotra: “There are a few things about women in cinema that we just normalized” – Deets Inside (Photo Credit – Instagram)

Since her debut in Bollywood with ‘Dangal’ in 2016, Sanya Malhotra has played countless on-screen roles that are close to reality. She says the shift won’t happen unless a new generation of actresses question the “stereotype” and demand to change the image of women in cinema.

After her debut, Sanya has appeared in films like ‘Pataakha’, ‘Photograph’, ‘Pagglait’ and ‘Meenakshi Sundareshwar’ to name a few.

Speaking to IANS, Sanya Malhotra said, “I think the kind of character I’ve played on screen so far I want to see as an audience because they’re the women I grew up seeing! Be it Jyoti, Sandhya, Meenakshi is… we are those women. The good thing is that writers now write them with empathy and not sympathy.”

Sanya Malhotra added that as an audience she “demands the proper representation of women on screen”.

“We really need to break those stereotypes. As an actress of the new generation, I certainly feel a responsibility to choose and say the right thing. There are a few things about women in cinema that we just normalized, and maybe it’s time for us to question them too. Yes, change is underway, but we still have a long way to go!”

Sanya Malhotra is next seen in ‘Love Hostel’, which revolves around a young couple Ashu and Jyoti who are married in an interfaith relationship. Since it was against the will of their parents, they had to run away, and in the end the parents of the girl’s family decided to pursue their lives for honor killings.

Admitting that the story of ‘Love Hostel’ was the best script she read in 2020, the 29-year-old actress shared how difficult it was for her to find the right note to play the character.

“Our world is so different. Jyoti’s reality is so different from who I am in real life or even the circumstances I grew up in. The only way we could have done it right is to surrender completely to the script and that’s what our director motivated us to do.”

“Honestly, I had no reference point for it, so in some scenes in the movie where Jyoti went through some kind of trauma that I could never have imagined. Those were tough moments. As an audience, we connect with Ashu and Jyoti with a lot of empathy and what What I love about the whole story is, no matter how bad the situation was, they never lose hope,” she concluded.

The film is directed by Shanker Raman, produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and Drishyam Films. ‘Love Hostel’, also with Bobby Deol, will be released on ZEE5 on 25 February.

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