Maninee De shares a special bond with content creators Shivankar Arora and Shipra Arora. She has worked with them on a few projects for their YouTube channel, Content Ka Keeda. Their latest collaboration is the short film, Love Knows No Age.
“My association with Shipra and Shivankar began in 2019. Thanks to Ankit Shah who was my colleague in Paredesh. He was the one who recommended my name for a series they were making. It was about a fat boy getting a date and they wanted the mother who was very modern and sassy to tag along. Ankit told them to get in touch with me and that’s how we got connected,” she says. Maninee, who has done quite a few short films with them, shares that the experience has been good. She recently worked with them again for their short film Love Knows No Age, and the actor was sceptical before she said to the project. “Initially, I said no because I was not very comfortable knowing the kind of attitude that people in general have towards age gap. Also having personally gone through a situation where one of my spouses was a little younger to me, having to hear things, I wasn’t really chuffed about it. It was one of my fears. I can’t say no to Shipra as she has a piece of my heart. So, she finally convinced me,” she adds. Speaking more on Love Knows No Age, Maninee says age gap or no age gap, for any relationship, the thumb rules are respect and trust. “As it is said men mature later than women… I think we need to raise men in the right way to be mature as per their age because relationships are about being mature, handling yourself maturely. Women are not there to only bring up men, they are individuals and come with her baggage and distinct personalities. These things need to be discussed, and if there is an issue, both need to find out how to deal with it. I have some amazing examples of age difference relationships and I think they are brilliant and both the people have reached a point of understanding that human beings are flawed and they have innate respect and regard for each other’s good and bad. ,” she explains. So, what is your personal viewpoint on the age difference in relationships? “I have a very simple funda. I don’t believe in the whole thing of you completing me or I complete you. I wasn’t born incomplete and don’t need anyone to complete me. I would like someone to compliment me. There are things that need to be discussed and addressed. One needs to be a mature adult to be able navigate the path with maturity, objectivity and balance. ,” she ends.