Women's Day 2017 | From Gauri Khan to Sharmila Tagore: Here are 9 most POWERFUL star wives! – Presenting the most powerful star wives of the film industry
Jaya Bachchan: Mrs Jaya Bachchan is the single-most powerful star-wife in the film industry. Not a single leaf stirs in the Bachchan household without her consent.She supervises every detail of her superstar-husband’s life including the food he eats and the bag he packs to travel. She has been doing it for 40 years now.In 1973 at the peak of her career, superstar Jaya Bhaduri gave up her stupendous career to be wife to Amitabh Bachchan and mother to Abhishek and Shweta Bachchan. She has never regretted her decision.
Gauri Khan: The only woman who scares Shah Rukh Khan.Mrs Gauri Khan is the power behind King Khan’s throne. She's said to run Shah Rukh’s life in ways that even he doesn’t understand. While she controls every button on her husband’s coat, Mrs Khan also has a very exciting life of her own, separate from her duties as a wife and mother.That she continues look 20 at 40 is another matter altogether. Every star-wife needs to tear a chapter or two from this ideal wife/mother/socialite’s life.Gauri Khan is an age defiant head turner
Neetu Kapoor: My favourite star-wife.Every time her temperamental husband puts his foot in his drunken mouth she gently redials the last number on the phone and asks the recipient of his inebriated gyan to delete all the racy portions of her husband’s rant. Mrs Neetu Kapoor is the most mollifying Kapoor bahu since Mrs Krishna Raj Kapoor. She takes no nonsense from anyone , least of all her husband.She had her innings as a star, and she never looked back.
Salma Khan: She has all the men in Salman’s family from Salim Khan to Ahil Sharma wrapped around her finger. Every wish of hers is their command. A friend of Salman’s once told me, “If Salma Aunty asks Salman to jump into a dry well he would happily do so.” When we speak of women’s empowerment we need too look no further in the film industry. Mrs Salma Khan exudes power and strength.Even when her husband remarried she lost none of her dignity. It takes a lot of self-esteem to withstand the presence of a second wife.
Ayesha Shroff: Loved and worshipped to the point of absolute deification by her children Tiger and Krishna, adored by her husband, this lady’s romance with life and love goes back to the time when she was a 12-year old schoolgirl with a crush on the neighbourhood’s toughest Dada. Ayesha gave up a promising career and a chance to be the heroine in Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili to be Jackie Shroff’s home maker. Who says empowerment can only happen in an office chair?
Zarina Wahab: An uncontrollable unruly, rebellious husband who went out and had an affair with the woman she, the wife, invited home as a guest, Zarina is the happiest wife I know, although she has been given enough reason to be the unhappiest. Feminists would scoff at the compromises she has made to keep her marriage going.But Zarinaji doesn’t care a damn about what people say. Escaping the prison of ‘isms’ she went out to earn her own living and stuck by the man she loved. Slow claps for the lady.
Soni Razdan: While Mahesh Bhatt was busy playing the rebellious flower-child at age 40-45, his second wife was taken up with bringing up their two lovely daughters. If one of them turned out to be Alia Bhatt, the credit must go entirely to Soni. While raising her daughters she also found time to act in and direct films.And she never made a big tamasha about sacrifices she had to make to be a home maker.She never did what she did to impress anyone.
Pinkie Roshan: She is very beautiful, could have been a leading lady. But chose instead to play the lead in her husband Rakesh Roshan’s life. In the 46 years of their marriage there has never been a murmur of an extra-marital affair. Mrs Roshan wouldn’t tolerate it. She would quietly pack her bags and never return. In that sense she is quite like her former daughter-in-law.
Sharmila Tagore: A stunner of a woman who yoked a fabulous career as a leading lady with a very successful marriage and an ideal motherhood. I do hope Kareena Kapoor learns the art of managing marriage,movies and motherhood from her stunning mother-in-law.Sharmila Tagore’s children were never brought up by ayahs.