Posing with a blackened face to protest, may well become a significant trend of 2015. After Sudheendra Kulkarni let his blackened face do all the talking post getting attacked by Shiv Sena for going ahead with the launch of former Pakistan Foreign Minister Ahmed Kasuri’s book ‘Neither a Hawk, Nor a Dove’, it’s Sapna Bhavnani’s turn to speak her mind with a blackened, sombre selfie of hers on Facebook.
The celebrity hairstylist and contestant of Bigg Boss 6, Bhavnani couldn’t have made a stronger statement with this post. She says she is “ashamed with the silence of the educated” and has painted her face black because she has been silent about what’s happening in her country. In no mood to mince words, she writes “my prime minister is silent when he needs to speak up. I am ashamed of our behaviour.”
Read her full post:
My ancestors migrated from Pakistan post Partition in 1947. My grandfather pursued his law career in Bombay (yes cause that’s what it was called then.) and became very successful. His brothers too thrived as builders and restaurateurs.
My papa was born in Pakistan. This makes me and my brothers first generation “Indians” or “maharastrians.” Both are just words as far as I’m concerned.
I have struggled very hard to be where I am today, I pay my taxes (f***loads of them) and see my tax monies do nothing for me. I keep quiet most of the time because I think it’s pointless to talk politics and unnecessarily aggravate myself for no results. People say “they are uneducated ..let them be..” but if that is true then what do “the educated” do? Remain silent and let this happen?
Today, I am ashamed as a human of this world to see what is happening in my (for lack of a better word) country. My prime minister is silent when he needs to f***ing speak up. I am ashamed of our behaviour.
Mera Muh Kala (my face is black) because I come from these parts and have been silent. I am aware of the consequences of this post. I am aware that it might bring damage to me or my salon. But it is time to speak up.
(The post has been edited for language)
While that was a strong statement, this is not the first time Bhavnani has dared to speak up. She not only accepted her lack of courage to speak up about her gangrape earlier but also emphasised the fact that it’s never too late to do that. Sapna recently, while taking part in a play on Nirbhaya, shared her horrifying experience of being gangraped at gunpoint in Chicago on Christmas eve when she was 24. The fact that she shared it after so long doesn’t matter. What matters is the message. Her story definitely gives courage to millions of rape victims who chose to be silent for some reason or the other.
Meanwhile, her blackened selfie on Facebook is saying much more than her words. Sometimes, a silent protest is what it takes for a change to begin.