Tamannaah Opened On The Strong Criticism She Received !!
Written by keerthiga Published on Jul 03, 2023 | 12:25 PM IST | 66
Tamannaah Bhatia, the versatile actress who has been making waves with her recent performances, has proven time and again that she can excel in any role she takes on. Whether it’s her portrayal in her first web series ‘Jee Karda’ or her segment in Lust Stories directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Tamannaah’s talent shines through. However, like many newcomers, she had to face her own set of challenges, including conforming to societal expectations of femininity. In a recent interview, Tamannaah revealed that she was once told she “walked like a bhai” (a man), highlighting the gender stereotypes prevalent in the film industry.
Recalling an incident with a particular producer, Tamannaah shared with Barkha Dutt on Mojo Story, “I had one producer who told me that whether you’re walking, fighting, dancing, or expressing anger, you should always look feminine. This was literally the brief given to me when I was working on a film. The funny part was I had to learn how to walk like a girl based on whatever definition was meant for that in the movie.”
Tamannaah went on to explain that she was instructed to walk in a specific way that aligned with societal expectations of femininity. She also mentioned her own tomboyish nature during her school days and how she had to now carry herself in a manner that matched the feminine standards set by the industry. “That was like the first part of my training. They were like ‘aap na thoda bhai jaisa chalti hain, thoda ladki jaisa chaliye.’ (You walk like a man, try to walk like a girl) I was like ‘Okay, now you’ll have to train me for that.’ Because in my school, I was a dada (a tomboy). I would fight for samosas. I was a ‘gundi’ (a tough girl). But I was always very clear that I had to become an actress and I had to dance in the snow wearing a chiffon saree. This was a strong goal in my life,” she added.
Tamannaah admitted that conforming to these expectations was physically exhausting for her. Even something as simple as keeping her back arched required constant awareness. However, as she grew older and established herself as an actor, she learned to filter out the noise and opinions of others. She started defining femininity on her own terms, focusing on her own perspective rather than societal norms.
In an industry where gender stereotypes continue to prevail, Tamannaah’s journey serves as an inspiration for aspiring actors, especially women, who may face similar challenges. Her ability to navigate and overcome the pressures to conform is a testament to her strength and determination. It sends a powerful message that one’s individuality should not be sacrificed to fit into predefined gender roles.
Tamannaah’s recent project, Lust Stories 2, brought together four unique stories directed by renowned filmmakers R Balki, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sujoy Ghosh, and Amit Sharma. The anthology series showcased the talents of actors such as Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Verma, Kajol, Neena Gupta, Anushka Kaushik, Tilotama Shome, and others in significant roles.
As Tamannaah continues to break barriers and challenge societal expectations, she is carving a path for herself and inspiring others to embrace their true selves. Her journey serves as a reminder that individuality and authenticity should be celebrated, both on and off the screen.