The bad hair days get captured and not the wisdom I carry: Amala Akkineni in an open letter on media reportage

Amala also touches upon the pressure of the race which the entertainment industry brings on a celebrity and how they suffer in order to cope up with it.

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Veteran actor Amala Akkineni penned down a heartfelt letter pointing out few things about the media scrutiny and the way things are dissected when it comes to a celebrity. This comes after the sudden demise of actor Sridevi and the way few sections in the media handled the reportage of the events post her demise. “Will you let me age gracefully?” Amala Akkineni starts with this question and pointing out few other things which, not just the media but also the society, are looked at. “Will you let me age gracefully without needing to comment on how tired I look or the weight I have gained? The shadows under my eyes are from reading glass lines and freckles change to age spots everyday,” she continues.

Will you let me stop colouring my hair, let me wear it short, without referring to my long tresses in Pushpak, at 19?” is her next question which makes a reader think about the perceptions we have as a common man. Amala hints at the way few sections of the media approached the analysis of Sridevi’s death and went to the extent of using a computer generated graphic image pf Sridevi in a bathtub to illustrate it.

Amala also touches upon the pressure of the race which the entertainment industry brings on a celebrity and how they suffer in order to cope up with it. “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? You have caught me in a time warp, a cage of fame, while my spirit is free. Allow me a life, some privacy, t  engage with humanity and the universe, with purpose, truth, compassion and some respect for those now gone,” she concludes her open letter leaving readers with striking thoughts.

Read the full letter here:

Will you let me age gracefully?

Will you let me age gracefully without needing to comment on how tired I look or the weight I have gained?
The shadows under my eyes are from reading glass lines and freckles change to age spots everyday.

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?
A washed handloom engulfs me providing market to the looms, comfortably accommodating menopause.

Will you let me stop colouring my hair, let me wear it short, without referring to my long tresses in Pushpak, at 19?
The bad hair days get captured, not the wisdom I carry, and that’s demoralizing. Surely cameras can show the depth of a person and not just the surface?

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?
My inner being thrives on accomplishing things that make a difference, things I seek to complete before my physical form is put to rest.

Will you let me walk through my day with peace and calm without the endless messages to attend events teeming with emptiness?
I need to complete life’s mission, but I can’t if my head spins in endless carousels, important to you, no doubt.

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?
You have caught me in a time warp, a cage of fame, while my spirit is free.
Allow me a life, some privacy, to engage with humanity and the universe, with purpose, truth, compassion and some respect for those now gone.

Amala Akkineni

    Anonymous

    She has always been a big time hypocrite…uses the media all the time to stay in news for blue cross, now why complain? And media has been kind to her and her looks always.

    Anonymous

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    Anonymous

    Excellent Amala!! Get a life everyone!!

    Anonymous

    What a hypocrite when she herself underwent cosmetic treatments even though she doesn’t ac in movies anymore ..they are doing it only for themselves to look good and stay relevant ..if u are that strong u can’t get influenced by anything or anyone to go under the knife

      Anonymous

      She is a hypocrite…well-said.

    Anonymous

    Thank you Amala madam for writing such a strong message..Not just applicable to just media..normal people post here on PV as well..Way too judgemental about how a woman looks like…All sort of shaming even without an ounce of remorse is alarming…People should think thank God for health and move on…picking on smallest of flaws in the larger scheme of life is silly.The over indulgence of media on looks particulary about actresses which ultimately force them to do artificial methods and then mock them for going for the artifical method..The whole thing looks like an infinite loop..For once treat them like normal human…because at the end of the day they are also human like you or me…And they feel bad when others judge them without knowing the reality…Thank you Amala madam,thank you PV.

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