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It has been over 15 years since Nalini Jameela shocked the conventional mindsets of the society and upset the patriarchy by penning a path-breaking autobiography on her daring and frightful life as a sex worker.
Since then, she has been enjoying several identities in life raging from a best selling author and activist to gender expert and social relationship counsellor and now at the age of 69, she is a recipient of the prestigious Kerala State Film Awards. For Jameela, it was yet another unexpected twist which the life had in store for her and she was bold enough to say that the lessons she had drawn from her early life as a sex worker was her base for any new achievement.
Noting that experience makes a person strong and bold, she said it was plenty of her experiences-whether good or bad, that made her capable to fight all odds and reach this stage of life. Actress Siji Pradeep played the central character in the woman-centric film, which deals with several gender issues.
I never used costly sarees or ornaments in life and I do not even like to wear a bindi. Jameela also said while deing outfits for the heroine and helping her with the mannerisms and body language of a young sex worker, the dreadful memories of the grim past came flooding back. It was her long-drawn friendship with Manilal, the director, that brought her to the tinsel world.
When he had discussed the project with her, Jameela never imagined that she would be entrusted with costume deing. But, she made up her mind to take up the new challenge and managed to complete the work as per the expectations of the filmmaker. But, the happiest part was that the director was convinced about what i was trying to say.
A third standard drop out, Jameela was forced into prostitution at a very tender age following the death of her husband who had succumbed to cancer.
While running from pillar to post to look after her family and raise her two daughters, she had no option but to take up sex work as a profession- which the conventional society viewed as immoral and unethical. Besides being a member of several NGOs, she has also been working as a gender and social relationship counsellor and taking classes in colleges and universities on the subject.
Asked whether she would like to build a career in costume deing, she said she was not sure whether any mainstream film makers or production houses would give her an opportunity and if anything comes her way, she would definitely give it a shot. She said the changed perspective and empathetic approach of the new generation towards sex workers and the LGBT people is a great solace for the community members. The year-old woman also cherished a dream of bringing out the cinematic adaptation of her autobiography and setting up a care centre for elderly people. Home Books and Literature Sex worker-turned-author basks in glory of Kerala film award Sex worker-turned-author basks in glory of Kerala film award Noting that experience makes a person strong and bold, she said it was plenty of her experiences-whether good or bad, that made her capable to fight all odds and reach this stage Kerala sex book life.
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