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An Open Letter To Shilpa Shukla

August 8, 2013 10:44:23 AM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Dear Shilpa Shukla

Not many heroines would have taken up the challenge you took in B.A. PASS. It was a tough test. I'm sure you would not have said yes immediately on hearing the script. After all, it required a certain level of courage and deep reserves of acting to make the character of Sarika Aunty standout, and look believable.

Sarika was not only meant to drop clothes and seduce. She has emotions too... a lot many blocked up within which at times confuse, not only her but also her husband and those who she comes in touch with.

She is angry; yet she channelizes that anger. She is lonely; she masks it brilliantly. She is feisty; she goes about it charmingly. She needs the touch of man, not pity; here she takes the 'woman on top' position literally to spell out who is in charge of situations and emotions. No tomfoolery for her. She is not looking at life with rose-tinted glasses. She has seen the harsh realities of life, and is not afraid to pull an innocent boy into her fold, to give him a 'charmed' life, after learning about his misery.

Sarika's characterization was this and much more. You passed this test with finesse. You made sleazy look sexy. No wild bosom thrusts or pitiable pelvic push which our audiences are subjected to every now and then by actresses in the hope of turning up the 'heat'. Actually, those acts do look cheap. Now even more, when compared to your act of art.

No Chameli, or Sheila or Munni would be able to stir up an act so intense, yet beautiful for the connoisseur. Don't get me wrong, I am not propagating sex on screen; I am just elaborating on the maturity and respectability you gave to your profession by this performance.

The Pandeys and Sherawats can go to town about wanting to do this and that. They can go on and on about going topless or kissing 17 times (some world record, this!) You have not only gone ahead and raised the bar for these so-called publicity seekers, but also impressed by not speaking a word about your 'bold scenes' which is the norm in Bollywood, to 'further ones career'.

You belong to another breed of actors, who know their work will do the talking, not a PR.

I sincerely hope you get the Best Actress Award in the Critics Category or even in the main stream. Performances like these need to be appreciated and encouraged.

Are the decision makers (sponsors of these awards events, jury, media houses etc...) listening?

God Bless You
Martin D'Souza
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be... )


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