Hits and Mrs…



Indira Nooyi
There was a time in many professions when women would not be given the charge and would assume lesser responsibilities than their male counterparts. Women were considered largely to be homemakers and their chosen profession was secondary, this attitude may still persist in many households but the numbers in favor of women taking charge of their respective professions has been steadily increasing. With education playing a primary role in building confidence for the girl child, she stands tall and secure, secure in her own beliefs and dreams.

The cinematic industry was one where the “shelf life” of a woman’s talent was a lot lower when compared to other fields and if the actor was able to sustain her popularity for ten years, it would mean that the actor has done stupendously well in her chosen profession. However, with changing times the actor’s profession, which she has built with sincerity, does not stand like a sandcastle in an oncoming tide. The actors are able to cope with their professional lives irrespective of changing personal circumstances and they also excel in it. They still continue with their jobs despite being married or having children for that matter and they continue to exceed everybody’s expectations. At the end of the day, it is their work that does all the talking and moviemakers are no longer worried about the “married” image of their leading stars. A significant part of the film industry has matured in their outlook and rightfully place the ability of the actor’s as the only criterion. My two picks for power packed women today in the cinematic industry who grow from strength to strength are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kajol Devgan. These two women have taken charge of both their domestic and professional lives without compromising on either. The audience is accustomed to these women playing significant roles and expects nothing else from them. The actors exuberate confidence, they are astute and most importantly they are in charge of their careers. The have not faded into the twilight just because they have settled down in their family lives but they continue to rise professionally and bask in the early morning sun.

Another woman that I am most impressed with is Indira Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo with over 25 years of experience in the corporate world; she is a role model to many. Hailing from Chennai where she studied at the Madras Christian college and later completed her Masters from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta she has broken all barriers and has finished first in Fortune’s list of most powerful women in business between 2006 to 2009. She has also found her way in Times 100 most influential people.

There are many more that come to mind at this time and kudos to these power packed women whose knock out punches have staggered us all. May we all continue to educate the girl child and raise many more Indira Nooyis in this world.

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11 Responses to “Hits and Mrs…”

  1. Salman Shahid Alvi Says:

    Your thoughts have made an interesting read.Really these women have so well coped up with their personal and professional life.

    BTW,saw PAA today.It was awesome.But I feel Auro must have survived 😦

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  3. Sharmila, these three are women of substance. I have always believed that women were and are superior to men. And men being men, were wary of this and did all they could to suppress them. Now that the times have changed, and women are getting the opportunities, they are catching up in a big way. Very soon you will witness the men fighting for equal rights, and that would be poetic justice.

  4. Melwyn- Without appearing to be overtly feminist, I ditto your thoughts. I await the day men will fight for equal rights..ha ha

  5. masterpraz Says:

    Lovely article and choices, My absolute fave has to be Kajol followed by Ash! The couple I can’t stand much is Saif/Kareena! I like them both solo, but not together for some odd reason..

    Summarises it well..

    “A significant part of the film industry has matured in their outlook and rightfully place the ability of the actor’s as the only criterion. My two picks for power packed women today in the cinematic industry who grow from strength to strength are Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kajol Devgan. These two women have taken charge of both their domestic and professional lives without compromising on either. The audience is accustomed to these women playing significant roles and expects nothing else from them. The actors exuberate confidence, they are astute and most importantly they are in charge of their careers. The have not faded into the twilight just because they have settled down in their family lives but they continue to rise professionally and bask in the early morning sun.”!

    • Thanks Praz – Yes, Kajol is a fantastic actor, really looking forward to m name is khan for power packed performance..Re – Kareena, Saif ha ha, no chemistry you reckon?

  6. Hi Sharmilla, liked your article a lot but do not agree that men will be fighting for equal rights any time soon. It’s still a man’s world and in terms of Bollywood keeps getting more so. Actresses in the past like Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Waheeda REhman and Nutan were married and had meatier roles and several movies centred around them. No herorine after Madhuri has had that in recent times. Has any director offered Kajol or Aishwarya such kind of roles. They are accepted only if they star with big male stars. So bollywood is in fact regressng not progressing.

    • Thanks Sheetal – I think Aishwarya had a plum role in provoked without a known male lead. Yes, I agree Kajol has had it big with the Khans most times though. But, I still think Bollywood is progressing slowly but surely in the right direction. In fact, it is far ahead of the southern movie culture.

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