LSG under the newly elect President, Ms. Namrata Sureka , hosted a scintillating event which gave the forum an enlightening perspective on the magic and mystery of midlife.
Rahul Bose, an Indian film actor, moderator of the event, stated he was in “female heaven,” with a glint in his eye.
Ms. Aparna Sen, an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema, said she made the movie “Sonata,” with no commercial angle. It was a sheer idea of women past a certain stage bonding, chatting, and re-evaluating friendships. Sen felt that with age the inner beauty surfaces. Sen further stated, “Woman who is obsessed with her looks is an unhappy woman.”
Ms. Rakhi Sarkar, owner of city-based CIMA art gallery stated, “midlife is not a crisis, it is a period of transition, self-critique, asking hard questions, and the period when reinvention can turn into rejuvenation.” Sarkar said that midlife gives a tremendous boost. She further stated Picasso came out with his best work in his last decade.
Ms. Lilette Dubey, an Indian actress who has worked in theatre, television and Bollywood films, opined, “it is the same old you in an old body.” She confessed her bucket list is increasing as her years are decreasing. At 40+ she feels wonderful and liberated. “When you transit, you have to reflect,” she cryptically stated.
Ms. Shabana Azmi, an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter and actress who is known for her work in Bengali cinema, said she currently was in the phase of freedom. She stated, “for the sake of vanity, embrace your age. It is only then one can extend their age as an actor.” Azmi candidly said, “I love women!” She felt the support system of women is very strong and there is no role-playing.
Kolkata sets the standard for creativity and creative excellence, so evident in the clipping of Ms. Aparna Sen’s movie, ‘Sonata’ which was screened for the packed audience. As a Women’s Organisation that looks for every opportunity to showcase women’s empowerment, this event brought to the table a record of value creation.