Television artistes talk about the woman icons in their life, and how one can tackle problems faced by women on a daily basis
My belief is that gender disparity starts from childhood, so what I would like to do is to create strong awareness among parents, who need to teach their children that there are no different rules and regulations for a girl and boy. Once this is understood as they grow up, by default one day the whole generation will understand that girls are absolutely equal to boys, and have the strength, will power and determination to do what a boy can do! I don't believe in celebrating such days. Our support and belief in a woman's strength is a celebration!
Every day should be equal for every woman! Over the years, there has been a notion about women being the weaker sex physically, but NO they are not! They have the will, intelligence, mind, and I see so many women who are way more well-spoken and qualified than men, in today’s day and age.
Every year, we celebrate this day with new zeal and determination to help advance women’s right. But do we even provide them with the basic rights that they deserve in the 21st century? Let's make only one promise today; to be the source of strength to our women today and every single day. It's more about starting a conversation and triggering people to think and make the 'promise'.
A woman of substance would be Sakshi Tanwar. Be it any show, she has been very real in everything she does, with excellent conduct.
A woman has to be careful about the way she appears because of pervert behaviour. Leave aside dressing well, a woman basically has a different kind of power that is gifted to her, which makes her attractive, so it doesn't matter what she is wearing. A female should anyway take care of her appearance in public. It is very sad that authorities like our leaders (politicians) can stoop so low by making statements that show low regard for women. Every girl child should be brought up with a culture that highlights equality towards both genders, and it comes not just from education from school but importantly, moral science.
Television shows has been always my favourite, they are the perfect source of entertainment and you get to learn so many aspects of the craft. When I look back to the golden era of television, the female actors has been always ruled the industry. For me, Smriti Irani is the woman of substance in the industry. She always proved her versatility, a dignified and well-respected woman.
I have had the pleasure of working with Aruna Irani. She has given us so many memorable performances. Very down to earth and extremely humble. She came from a modest background and found success on her own. She is an extremely strong person and very dedicated.
Women are not behind at all. It is an equal society today, especially in Mumbai. I think there is a lot of equality and women are doing really well in all walks of like. Earlier, it was a male-dominated industry. But today, we have actresses like Kangana, Deepika, Priyanka who are very strong women and examples that Times are changing. What I would really like to do is a really empowering role on screen. I did Saraswatichandra, where I played a very dynamic politician. Let’s hope I get to do a similar character soon!
Mother Teresa is the ideal woman and inspiration. It's rare that one would find a personality like her.
My choice of woman of substance is Smriti Irani. She has been a woman of substance in every sense of the word. She conducted her professional and personal life with lot of dignity. She has set an example that a woman can do anything if she has dreams.
Simi Garewal because she has a great body of work and she has maintained herself so well. She wears her smile always and conducts herself perfectly.
My mother, if you are watching Peshwa Bajirao, the values the mother is teaching her son, it's the same with me. I have imbibed quality values like respecting everyone and being kind. My mother is my inspiration.
(With inputs from Cheryl Athaide)