Kangana Ranaut Attends A Retreat At A Spiritual Centre, And We Have A Question
Back in the days of Plato and Freud, female health was believed to be tied to her uterus, or womb. Known as the ‘Roaming Uteri,’ or the ‘Wandering Womb’ theory, it asserted that the wandering nature of the uterus, was in fact, the cause for many medical problems in women. When a woman expressed her emotional distress in any form, whether by verbally expressing herself, or crying, she would be quickly diagnosed with ‘hysteria.’ Freud, indeed, described hysteria as “characteristically feminine.”
Cut to the present, when women may not be cast aside as victims of their wombs, but are nevertheless too easily put under a similar bracket of “crazy.” The outspoken and successful Kangana Ranaut is a perfect example of what (public) persecution of the female, or the feminine, can do. Ranaut carved her way through the industry with her commendable work, and unabashed ways. But, despite her success and perseverance (or, perhaps, at some level, because of it), we find it too easy to associate her with the label “crazy.”
When Ranaut claimed that she and Hrithik Roshan had been romantically involved, the latter dismissed the claims, and didn’t blink before claiming she had ‘Asperger’s Syndrome.’ Though the claims could never be fully confirmed or denied, Roshan got away easy, while Kangana was held by the collar of a controversy that went on for months.
Or, the time when she was linked with Shekhar Suman’s son, Adhyayan Suman, and called out for allegedly doing “black magic” on him. Essentially, in public eye, she was portrayed as a “witch;” a witch to be hunted, no less. Let’s not forget her comment on the nepotism in the industry, which was met with scrutiny that we doubt a male actor of her caliber would have faced. Her outspoken and brazen nature has, time and again, been taken, dissected and then presented in a narrative that wants us to believe she has lost her mind.
But, if you really think of it, does she not have enough and fair reasons to act the way she does?
Over the years, there may have been a drastic change in the ways and demeanor of the actress, but is it not justified for someone to be filled up to the brim with frustration and anger, for being called “crazy,” every step of the way? If you’re called “crazy” for pretty much everything you do or say, it won’t be odd for you, too, to start acting your label out!
When we came across the news that Kangana had attended an 8-day retreat at Sadhguru’s Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore, it made us wonder if it was an attempt to find a place where could be herself, feel all the emotions bustling inside, and not be judged for it.
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Kangana's experience at Samyama was heavenly as she quotes, "I still recall a quote from Sadhguru, 'You want to know the very source of life, If such a longing has come, you have to make a little more serious effort.' and that is exactly what Samyama is about. Will always cherish the life-changing time at Isha Centre, Coimbatore." #Sadhguru #KanganaRanaut
Last year, too, Kangana was spotted visiting the center. It seems she has been on this “spiritual journey” for a while. Given that historically, women have been fed the narrative that they are “crazy,” and some have internalised it; given that Kangana, too, has been at the receiving end of a public and media trial, and that she has had to find her own way through and out of it, we wonder if the reason she found her way to the 8-day retreat was because she wanted to find a space for herself where she could escape the nonsense, and find acceptance, and healing? Is her spiritual journey, a journey of healing from the wounds that the entertainment industry has brutally given her? We wonder.
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