She wrote, “Last night, after about 15 years, I watched a Bollywood movie in the theatre: Rocky aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.”
She also mentioned that growing up, she used to watch only Hindi and Punjabi films .“It’s no secret I love Bollywood. In fact for a period of my childhood, I exclusively watched Hindi and Punjabi cinema (so much so that I often don’t know a staple North American movie my friends are referencing). But as an adult, my relationship with Bollywood has been bittersweet. Because I love the drama, music, dancing, theatrics and feeling of nostalgia. But I’m also a fierce advocate for women and it’s not lost on me how extremely sexist and patriarchal a lot of it can be (especially some of my classic favs). I’ve accepted that two things can be true at once: 1) Bollywood can be really meaningful to me and 2) I can also be frustrated with it sometimes.”
“However, yesterday while watching Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, I couldn’t help feel some major resolve. It beautifully addresses so many important issues including sexism, body positivity, gender norms and homophobia in a way I’ve never seen before, while being entertaining as hell,” she added.
She even clarified that this wasn’t a paid post and she genuinely liked the film and wanted to share her thoughts. She said, “This isn’t an ad. Im not being paid to post this or talk about the movie. I just believe in supporting the things you want to see more of. And I definitely want to see more female characters like Rani who stand up for themselves and take no disrespect. And I think it’s so important to see male characters like Rocky who are willing to break gender norms and demonstrate a willingness to change their minds/attitudes.”
On a closing note she added, “I can admit that as a young girl, I grew up daydreaming about my wedding. Why? Because it was the goal, ambition or destination of every female character in Hindi movies. I’m so happy that young girls today have more examples of what women can achieve, so their daydreams can be about themselves and their goals, not just about a union to someone else.”
Both Alia and Ranveer, on seeing the post reacted and dropped in heartfelt comments. While Alia wrote, “Lilly Lilly thank you so much!!!! You and your love really hit the spot pink you go rani ” while Ranveer wrote, “ Thank you lily!
with all our heart this is so lovely !” Even director Karan Johar said, “This means so so so me and all of us!!!!! Thank you for your generosity….. truly humbled