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IN CONVERSATION

In passing

SUCHITRA BEHAL


Break the silence

T elling her story through the stories of others gave playwright Eve Ensler the courage to continue. “I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls”, her new play whose worldwide premier was held in Mumbai recently, is based on Ensler's travels to over 25 countries where she interviewed young girls about rape, abuse, domestic violence and genital mutilation.

Ensler, herself a victim of abuse, said that it was hard to break the silence initially. “Everything is hard when you break that silence. Then you realise that, by your speaking, other people begin to speak.”

She believes men have to be part of the change process. “They have to be involved in the struggle. Violence destroys one out of three women. In every country women get re-raped through the law for coming forward. Women can't talk about being raped without them being cast out. Laws need to change,” said Ensler.


Small screen stint

M oving to the small screen from the big one indicates one thing: a drop in popularity ratings. At least that’s how it comes across for one-time Bollywood diva, Rani Mukherjee whose career graph has been on the downward spiral for a while.

Mukherjee, one of the judges on the popular TV show Dance Premier League, insists that “my stint on the small screen has made me more accessible to my audience. I have always been very fond of dancing. Also TV gives me the opportunity to interact with my audiences. Many people may not go to the theatre but every household has a TV, it helps me gain visibility when I am not doing too many films,” said she.

Well, Mukherjee is honest if nothing else, something that many in the glitzy world of glamour are not. Kudos to her for that.

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