On Saturday, actor Mandana Karimi, who hails from Iran, staged a solo protest at Mumbai’s well-known Bandstand, to lift voice about the ladies’s rights motion underway in her dwelling nation. Mandana took to the Bandra Bandstand with a placard and stood there for hours, chatting with folks and telling them about the state of affairs in Iran at present. Iran has been going through widespread protests in opposition to the legal guidelines governing ladies ever since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was killed allegedly by Iran’s morality police. Also learn: Elnaaz Norouzi on disaster in Iran: Haven’t been in a position to discuss to my household for days
On Sunday, Mandana shared a 17-minute-long video of her solo protest on Instagram Reels. The video begins along with her standing alone on the distinguished landmark, holding a placard with info about what is going on in Iran. In the video, she interacts with passers by and likewise with some college students gathered there, who briefly have interaction along with her too. She captioned the video, “For Iran, for my mom’s tears, for my brother’s damaged face and coronary heart, for sleepless nights, for freedom for life.”
Speaking with instances of India about the motivation behind her protest, Mandana stated, “On October 1, folks the world over organised a Pan Global Protest Day to face in solidarity for Iran. 150 cities worldwide stood in protest however I could not discover India on that checklist. So, I made a decision to organise one within the metropolis. The responses I obtained from folks have been disappointing. They ranged from ‘I’ve to talk to my PR group’, to ‘we’re simply two of us, what can we do?’, ‘It’s higher to post online about what’s occurring again dwelling, and provides interviews”, ‘I’ve household commitments’, ‘I don’t care, I don’t reside in Iran anymore’, ‘I’ll put a narrative for you’. These have been simply a number of the phrases that left me hole and damaged.”
She then added that she determined to go at it alone in consequence. “I used to be reminded of Mahsa Amini. She was alone as effectively. She did not know anybody in Tehran and that she is the rationale for this motion. Saturday was vital to point out our folks again dwelling in Iran that we’re with you. So, I went out alone, held Mahsa’s identify, performed Sherveen’s music and defined to the few who gathered about the present state of affairs in my nation. It was overwhelming, however I felt a part of one thing larger,” she added.
Mandana was born and raised in Tehran. She arrived in India in 2010 to pursue her modelling profession. She has since labored in movies like Roy, Bhaag Johnny, and Thar. She gained additional reputation along with her look in actuality exhibits Bigg Boss in 2015-16 and Lock Upp earlier this yr. Mandana has confirmed solidarity with the protesters in Iran earlier as effectively, posting movies of slicing her personal hair and speaking about the problem on Instagram. The violent protests in Iran have claimed the lives of 92 folks since they started two weeks in the past.