Namrata Shirodkar, who was crowned Miss India in 1993, is undoubtedly one of the strongest women in the industry. and humanitarian Namrata Shirodkar wears many hats with aplomb. This year’s International Women’s Day, Namrata, former actress, wife of superstar Mahesh Babu, charming mother. and entrepreneurs who are passionate about business Talk to me about her life as a mother. gender equality and an independent campaign in her career choice.
She revealed that her parents taught her to be independent and to rise above social pressure. And she is sure to instill the same in her children – Gautam and Sitara, all this and more in free conversation. Read below.
Excerpts from the interview:
Women in the old days were expected to follow the traditional norms set by society. But today’s women don’t hesitate to embrace their self-worth and become emotionally, mentally, and financially self-reliant. Namrata shares her thoughts on the same subject: “This change is a good step towards building a more inclusive society. where each person is free to explore their own path without being constrained by gender stereotypes or social expectations. However, there is still a long way to go. in terms of achieving gender equality And it is important to continue advocating for women’s rights and empowerment.
Namrata Shirodkar is known for her roles in Hindi movies ‘Vaastav’ and ‘Jab pyar kisise hota hai’ and two Telugu movies. Among them are “Anji” co-starring Chiranjeevi and “Vamsi” starring Mahesh Babu.
Namrata now handles Mahesh Babu’s tasks apart from answering business calls. A brand endorsement deal for him and custody of their children Gautam and Sitara.
Is balancing work and motherhood sometimes a challenge?
Namrata replied, “It can be challenging when things get tough. So many that demand my attention But over time I have learned to prioritize work and balance both sides of my life. Mahesh has been instrumental in helping me deal with challenging situations and sharing of parental responsibilities.”
My acting career was not planned. And I naturally got the title of Miss Universe. But I have to say that when I grow up I’m always looking for Grandma.
Although we have come a long way and because you are an entrepreneur too. Do you think we still have miles to go before there is an equal representation of women entrepreneurs in the business world?
Namrata Shirodkar shared her thoughts on the matter saying, “Even though women have made incredible progress in the business world, But I still believe there are significant challenges. Especially when it comes to senior leadership positions. But we are slowly getting to that point.”
Not many people know that Namrata’s grandmother, Meenakshi Shirodkar, is a legendary actress in Marathi cinema. During the conversation, Namrata confessed that her acting career was unplanned and it came naturally to her. However, she always always looking for her grandmother
“My acting career was unplanned. And I naturally got the title of Miss Universe. But I must say growing up. I always look for my grandmother. She’s really ahead. She dared to step out of the box in front of the eyes of the criticism. which I think is very inspiring,” said Shirodkar, who started her modeling career and was crowned Miss India in 1993.
You always said that you came from a middle-class family and knew the real world.” Are you making the same effort as your mother to bring game nature to your children?
“My parents always believed that it was important to be humble and reasonable at all times. And I try to instill these same values in my children. I believe that the real world is always changing. And they must learn to support themselves in every situation. The mother of two children answered – Gautam and Sitara.
There are societal pressures that every woman experiences in her life and life decisions. You must face it too. Whether it’s quitting acting to marry Mahesh?
“My decision to stop acting was quite a personal choice and a mutual agreement between me and my husband. I never let anyone’s opinions influence my decisions. and if elected again I still chose my marriage instead. A cheerful, independent and resolute woman out of the system.
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