Rani Mukerji flies off to Delhi today to be honoured with a National award for her endeavour to highlight the cause of the safety, security and protection of the girl children and women in Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani.
An eminent panel of jurists and experts have selected Rani for the National Award for the ‘Best Representation of the Cause of Safety, Security and Protection of Women and Girl Child’ at a function organized by to Institute for Gender Justice, at India Habitat Centre, to celebrate the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Announcing the honour for Rani, Sreerupa Mitra Chaudhury, the chairperson of Institute For Gender Justice says, “The representation of women in the media, both print and electronic, has been if not to say much, targeted at commodification of woman. This has had a dire consequence on the status of women which is reflected in the perpetual crime against women in the society. This award is an endeavour to recognize those agents who want to represent women and girl child in a better light and not commodify them. This award is a result of our endeavour to encourage stake holders and functionaries. In the role of Shivani Shivaji Roy in the film Mardaani, you epitomize the spirit of the countless involved in this long fight against human trafficking. That for you to be associated with a movie addressing such an important and urgent cause attracts the attention of the viewing public and focuses their attention on this pertinent issue. The role so naturally played by you of an empowered and courageous police officer has given the correct message, and the promotional clip that aired on the TV channels to promote the movie also correctly urged people to watch the movie with their entire family, since human trafficking is an issue that every man, woman and child should be aware off and this awareness is our best tool in this fight.”