Amala Akkineni seeks support to age gracefully without being judged


I need to complete life’s mission, but I can’t if my head spins in endless carousels, important to you, no doubt. Surely cameras can show the depth of a person and not just the surface? My inner being thrives on accomplishing things that make a difference, things I seek to complete before my physical form is put to rest. Allow me a life, some privacy, to engage with humanity and the universe, with purpose, truth, compassion and some respect for those now gone. They are not allowed to show any signs of aging forcing them to make some life-defining cosmetic choices. The bad hair days get captured, not the wisdom I carry, and that’s demoralizing. Allow me a life, some privacy, to engage with humanity and the universe, with purpose, truth, compassion and some respect for those now gone.”

Here is the full text of her letter:
Will you let me age gracefully? Will you free me of the box office madness, the TRP wars, Page 3, the likes, the comments, the traps that menacingly surround everything we do? “Will you let me stop colouring my hair, let me wear it short, without referring to my long tresses in Pushpak, at 19? She goes on to rue, “You have caught me in a time warp, a cage of fame, while my spirit is free. In the wall to wall coverage of the tragic passing of the movie icon, a section of media even debated over her life choices, including how she managed to look so young and glamorous even at 54. Will you let me stop colouring my hair, let me wear it short, without referring to my long tresses in Pushpak, at 19? Will you let me dress without feeling low self esteem that I am not size zero anymore, nor that I wear the season’s couture? Will you let me discuss meaningful things without interrupting the flow with questions on how I cook or what the season’s latest gossip demands? Surely cameras can show the depth of a person and not just the surface?,” Amala writes about the social pressure she is under to look always young. A washed handloom engulfs me providing market to the looms, comfortably accommodating menopause. The shadows under my eyes are from reading glass lines and freckles change to age spots everyday. The bad hair days get captured, not the wisdom I carry, and that’s demoralizing. You have caught me in a time warp, a cage of fame, while my spirit is free. Actor Amala Akkineni has written an open letter lamenting the drawbacks of the stardom where she is not allowed to enjoy the luxury of “aging gracefully”. 2018-03-01T19:25:06+00:00″>
Published: March 1, 2018 7:25 pm

Amala Akkineni writes a powerful open letter

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