Did Ananya Birla pull off an all-girl ‘Girls Like You’ with ‘Unstoppable’?
By Bryan Durham - April 12, 2019
Pop star Ananya Birla has a brand-new music video out, and like the title suggests, it’s all about celebrating women being unstoppable. Ahead of her album launch in April, she has starred in a powerful video for her Women’s Day single Unstoppable,which released earlier last month.
While Maroon 5’s song celebrated strong women, but in a personal sense, it was a salute to their feminism. The 14 women in Ananya’s single have successful women from all walks of life — boxer Mary Kom, Ananya’s mother Neerja Birla, badminton player Aparna Popat, tennis player Sania Mirza, actress Juhi Chawla, actress Pooja Hegde, model Gabriella Demetriades, singer Kanika Kapoor, TV personality Anusha Dandekar, singer Sukriti Kakar, choreographer Karishma Chavan, blogger Malini Agarwal and fashion designer Falguni Peacock, are seen standing together as empowered women, performing over Ananya’s vocals. The aesthetically shot video has been directed by Karishma of Tareefan and Veere Di Wedding fame.
The video hails woman power in all its capacity and goes on to call out a slew of gender-based tags, expressions and double standards used to stereotype men and women in India.
Initially scripted for her mother, Neerja Birla, the 24-year-old pop singer-songwriter wrote the lyrics in 2015 as a tribute to her mentor and inspiration who has chartered her own path, and is an achiever in her own right.
Ananya Birla states, “This is a feel-good anthem, which I wrote taking inspiration from my mom. I penned it in 2015 and am finally being able to release it with women that I find to be very inspiring. The idea that society underlines our gender norms should not restrict us from working towards what we want to achieve. I truly believe that your gender doesn’t define you, and being yourself makes you unstoppable. This video showcases women who have overcome gender role expectations. I hope people can watch this, feel empowered, free and unstoppable.”
‘Unstoppable’, released via Universal Music, follows on from five back-to-back platinum-selling singles ‘Meant To Be’, ‘Hold On’, ‘Circles’, ‘Livin’ the Life’ and ‘Better’.>