BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: As India celebrates 74th Independence Day, Jadavpur TMC MP and Bengali actress Mimi Chakraborty asks some questions through her newly-released video on the I-Day. Are we truly liberated from the negative thoughts?
In the video, we see some COVID-19 warriors of Kolkata like a traffic police, a doctor narrating their experience of fighting above the superstitions, myths and ostracism to tackle this disease. Then, we find Suchitra Dey, a transwoman teacher and social activist, who thinks that though the country is independent, our thoughts need to independent too from within.
The video shows the journey of a lady rickshawpuller Shanoli, who broke the barriers and took on the responsibility of her family. But then how the society continues to judge her.
The Bojhena Se Bojhane actress had written this script during lockdown. “After seeing everything that was going around, how people were panicking, how I was attacked once I returned from London post my shoot (Mimi went into self isolation), I wrote the script. Nobody even asked me how my health was rather I noticed people trolling me on social media. There were videos coming out of how Covid-19 survivors were being attacked, doctors were being mistreated while they returned home, after working tirelessly police officers were not welcomed around. The selfless people who were feeding dogs during the lockdown were harassed because people said – Manush khete parchena aar era kukur ke khawateh asche, jaan nijer bari niye jaan,” said Mimi.
The Jadavpur MP also was moved by the story of the lady rikshawpuller who was trying to feed her family was not welcomed and transpeople were mocked in the open. “Therefore after I saw all these aggression, I wrote them down as these were beyond my reaction. I shared this idea with my team member Abhishek (Das) so that we could film it and August 15 being the ideal day to bring out this message, he took my penned ideas and executed it,” she said.
“My national flag is always flying high above in the beautiful sky. Nothing comes above it. So it’s time we should liberate ourselves from false activism and take part in the independence which our nation really signifies – Independence beyond any difference of gender, caste, creed, religion and occupation. Let’s be thoughtful and kind and celebrate everyday as the independence day that we should really mean,” said Mimi.