We choose to believe that fairytales don't exist in real life. That fate doesn't undergo a makeover overnight. That miracles are excuses created by optimists who cannot settle for anything less than happy endings.
But one woman, born out of the streets, dismantled each one of these beliefs one musical note at a time. The name is Ranu Mondal, the social media sensation from Kolkata who broke the internet in August with her melodious rendition of Lata Mangeshkar's iconic song Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai. She has lived the last few months that looks nothing short of a guardian angel bringing the unimaginable to life.
Instant publicity and a crazy fan following were just a few things that social media virality showered her with. But it wasn't until Bollywood composer-singer Himesh Reshammiya decided to record a song with Ranu that things blew up to a whole new dimension.
Overnight, Ranu Mondal was whisked away from the Ranaghat Railway Station that she called home, given a complete makeover and an album she could call her own! Who said overnight stardom can only be found in fiction?
It was Ranu's voice and talent that had first gotten her under the limelight, but it was really her rags to riches story that touched a million hearts in the country. It gave people hope that even a nobody can touch the skies if they've got the talent to power through.
Thousands of Indians lived their unrealised dreams through this 59-year-old frail woman, who had a voice that literally shook the nation.
But here's the deal, humans are flawed by nature. It's a manufacturing defect that really doesn't have an authority to put the blame on. And because each one of us is flawed, Ranu Mondal wasn't spared this misfortune either.
Ranu Mondal's fatal flaw turned out to be her expected inability to handle the mass publicity and celebrity status dished out to her in such a short time. Why do we say so?
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Well, hours ago a video featuring Ranu Mondal began doing the rounds on social media that shows Ranu getting annoyed at a lady who tapped on her shoulder to call her and probably to also request for a selfie. Ranu has since been bashed on social media left, right and centre for apparently having turned too haughty and high-handed.View this post on Instagram
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Some are even claiming that popularity has gotten to her head. But wait, why are we bashing her again?
Being a celebrity or a public figure doesn't mean people get to have free access to them as and when they please. Why is Ranu alone being bashed for this incident? Why isn't anyone calling out the lady for not keeping up the basic courtesy of approaching a person and addressing them by their name before stating their request? What's with this attitude that “we made you and therefore you belong to us” to act up as per our whims and fancies?
What's with this absolute disregard that we show towards people's personal space and the disrespectful way of chasing after things we misjudge as our birthright?
No matter what conversation the two of them had, and regardless of whether one is a celebrity or an ordinary human being, acquaintance or even a friend, you do not go around tapping people on the shoulder and state your expectations from them.
Before we begin to completely destroy her barely there public image, let us remember that she wasn't completely wrong in expressing her discomfort regarding how she is treated by the public. We might have turned her into a social celebrity but that doesn't give us the authority to think of her as our pawn to hype or berate as and when we feel like.