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STARDUST INDIA|April 2021
“Living with somebody’s husband is not liberation!” An Emancipated Moon Moon Sen Strikes The Scene!

She did not find the need to have her lover’s baby like Hema Malini.

She is not opposed to marriage the way Shabana Azmi (who thinks married women are pathetic) or Zeenat Aman (who’ll go in for a gold band only when she’s ready for a baby) are.

She’s not involved in any causes for a women like Smita Patil is with her Remand Home.

She did not leave her husband, Raakhee or Dimple style, to follow a starry dream.

She’s one step ahead of the ‘most complete woman in the industry’ Sharmila Tagore – in the sense that unlike La Tagore, she (very Jeetendra – like) has left behind a home, husband and family in Calcutta to pursue her career in Bombay.

Out here, Moon Moon Sen lives a totally abandoned life. She doesn’t think twice before going for late night booze, dinner and dancing binges, dating the men she likes and freaking out on life. This has raised many an eyebrow, questioned her integrity, labelled her a chaalucheez, branded her husband as hen-pecked and a bechara … and the unfortunate part is that the very heroines who are yelling themselves hoarse about liberation, emancipation and waiting to change the industry (if not the world) are the ones who are indulging in gossiping about this woman who has put into practice what they have been so far preaching and (looks like) meaninglessly talking about.

Moon Moon Sen achieved everything that libbers like Shabana, Smita, Zeenat, etc. have been wanting to for years and unlike the rest, she hasn’t been screaming about it from roof-tops. She’s a wife, a mother (of two pretty girls) and a working woman (as she prefers to call herself). She does not believe that a wife’s place is in the kitchen or that a husband who looks after a home is a joroo ka ghulam. And though she considers herself as emancipated, she has never bothered to find out if she is the most liberated woman in the industry (“doesn’t make sense”). All she knows is that “you have to have an emancipated husband to be a liberated woman.”

Ms. Sen tells her story and views her airs on her concept of being a liberated woman in this world of male chauvinist pigs…

The common concept of being very bold daring and brash and living with somebody’s husband is not liberation.

Neither is a married woman who goes around humping from one bed to another, changing men as fast as she gets in and out of clothes, emancipation. Yes, it could in a twisted, complexed way, be a sexual liberation for her, from which she may be releasing many childhood hang ups, or trying to assert herself as a woman in a very frivolous manner. She may think that if I’m accepted by twenty men, I’m equal to them. Or that it makes me a very desirable woman’. But that has got nothing to do with emancipation.

Again, wearing skimpy swim-suits and posing for pictures the way I do or talking mindlessly without thinking what I’m saying, passing silly statements all because I’m in a frivolous mood is not being liberated either. So if you think that I’m the most liberated woman in this industry only because you’ve read about my various affairs or have seen me daring and baring on screen and magazine covers. I’m sorry you’re on the wrong track.

Yes, I’m actually saying what you do not want to hear, and that is, that I haven’t had an affair after my marriage to Habi. And I don’t want to have one either. I do not deny the possibility of being, terribly attracted to a man, or that my husband could be attracted to another woman. But I only hope that we can keep these attractions in their place and do not break up everything else in the process. It’s very important to try and control relationships and realise where your priorities lie. My top priorities are husband and children today.

Taking it easy when your husband has an affair and trying your best to stop your home from disintegrating, is not being a doormat.

I am by nature, very impulsive, passionate and possessive. And I used to think that if my husband ever looks at another woman. I’ll walk out on him. When you have children and a home and you’ve built up a companionship over the years with shared interests and common goals, you feel that may be ‘another woman’ is something you can handle, and not fly off in a temper, pack your bags and leave home.

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