SET's Rajesh Shringarpure shares his thoughts on girl child
Sony Entertainment Television’s show Punyashlok Ahilyabai has garnered immense love and admiration from the viewers as it narrates the extra-ordinary life of Devi Ahilyabai Holkar. The current track of the show exhibits how young Ahilya strived to get education at a time where women were restricted to fulfilling household responsibilities. Needless to say, Ahilya’s journey was faced with challenges and criticism and of course failures. However, she never let any of this affect her will, motivation and aspiration to fulfil her dream. In the show, it can be seen that Ahilya is supported fiercely by her father-in-law Malhar Rao, who goes against the stringent societal norms to fight for her dream and even becomes her very first teacher in her quest to education.
Popular actor Rajesh Shringapure who essays the lead role of Ahilya’s father-in-law ‘Malhar Rao Holkar’ in the show, shares his views on how we can help young girls become strong women by using empowering phrases and inculcating the idea of self-belief in them, right from a young age. Being a proud parent himself, he is all about anchoring a sense of confidence and conviction in his kids as he considers it to be one of the important jobs of a parent.
Sharing more on the same, actor Rajesh Shringarpure said, “I firmly believe in gender equality. From a young age, boys and girls should be made aware of their strengths or talents as an individual and not basis their gender. As a society we have a tendency to compliment young girls on their appearance whereas we lean towards strength or intelligence whilst complimenting a boy. I strongly feel this needs to change. I think girls are capable of anything and everything and this needs to be encouraged right from the beginning where they are instilled with confidence rather than self-doubt. Ahilyabai was a visionary who made this happen back in the 18th century and set a precedent for generations to come. Let us take this forward and raise a generation of girls who don’t have to live within boundaries that imply what they can or cannot do.”
Watch Punyashlok Ahilyabai every Monday to Friday, at 7:30 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.