The most powerful women in Bollywood

16-01-2008 20:48

The most powerful women in Bollywood
In their latest edition, Vogue (India) announced proudly introduced Gauri Khan as the 'First Lady of Bollywood'. The sobriquet that can possibly be dismissed as just an innocent remark is more loaded than one may imagine. Because if Gauri is the first lady, what does that make the Big B? Second to Shahrukh? Then again, Gauri's scope of influence goes much beyond Bollywood. She's known to hobnob with the Ambanis and the (Sahara) Roys alike and for all practical purposes is the producer of the films made under Red Chillies Entertainment. And if there were any doubts about her status in the Bollywood you should probably have been at the book launch of Om Shanti Om where everyone present walked up to her just to greet her. Now if that doesn't make her the first lady, we wonder what does?

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The most powerful women in Bollywood

16-01-2008 20:48

The most powerful women in Bollywood
Who is more popular between Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai? Ask ten people across varying cultures and countries and chances are that the balance will tip in Ash's favour. After all how many Indian actresses have received international recognition? Abhishek for all practical purposes is just coming of age. Fact is that barring Guru there hasn't been a film that he's carried off on his lonesome shoulders. And Ash with her worldwide fame is not his arm candy. In fact it's the other way round, isn't it?

The most powerful women in Bollywood

16-01-2008 20:49

The most powerful women in Bollywood
Twinkle Khanna may have stepped out of the limelight years ago. But has she stopped calling the shots in her husband's life? Certainly not! Akshay Kumar has openly confessed that he doesn't drink or smoke. But he has only 'one vice'. His affairs with Raveena Tandon and Shilpa Shetty are legendary. And then there was his alleged relationship with Priyanka Chopra, which rocked his marriage. But through this all, Twinkle is said to have held the ropes in her hand never once losing control over her man. Let's admit it. She is still the only woman in Bollywood to not just bag this 'prize catch' but also manage to keep him with her for all these years. After Aitraaz Akshay has not worked with Priyanka Chopra. No points for guessing why.

The most powerful women in Bollywood

16-01-2008 20:49

The most powerful women in Bollywood
The scrawny bespectacled Kiran Rao was not the media's idea of Aamir's girlfriend. But this former AD (assistant director) stole his heart and how! Those who have known Kiran swear by her convincing prowess. Think about it (and presumptuous as it may sound) how many ADs have managed to marry the producer? She has a way with people and though she hasn't stepped into the limelight with Aamir too many times, her presence is felt in more ways than one. She may not necessarily always influence Aamir's decisions. But if insiders are to be believed, she is someone who will have her way. And that qualifies her to be on this list.
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