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Daughters of the industry

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Whenever daughters are talked, and they are talked about less as compared to the sons, the discussions mainly veneers around daughters of the celebrity mothers like Kajol of Tanuja, Esha Deol of Hema Malini, Nutan and Tanuja of Shobhna Samarth, Soha Ali of Sharmila Tagore, i.e. the reference points are more for those who are in lime light. These were the stars that had the lineage from the past, which provided them the launching pad to begin their career.

There however is another category of daughters, who without a lineage became successful and went to the extent of sacrificing their personal lives to support their families. Amongst the most successful examples of these types, the most prominent female star would be Madhubala. Madhubala, who was madly in love with Dilip Kumar at one point of time, bowed to the wishes of the father to forget her love and work for the family. Same was the story of Meena Kumari and Aruna Irani, who as faithful daughters sacrificed their personal lives at the cost of the family, which they nurtured and reared. Where a Nargis had not been there, an Anwar Kumar may not have seen the light of the day, and if Suraiyya had not bowed to the dictat of her mother then Dev Anand may have had an altogether a different life. In this list creditable reference that can be made is that of Lata Mangeshkar who as a worthy daughter apart from supporting her largish family, has also instituted an award in the name of the father Dinanath Mangeshkar award, which is given for cultural excellence on a yearly basis.

Hindi films also are studded with brilliant daughters like Neetu Singh and Irani sisters Dazie and Honnie who were the bread earners of the family right since the childhood and carved out a special niche for themselves in the category of daughters with a panache that there names always figure in any list of successful daughters of industry. One of the most successful daughters who is very less talked about but who has done yeomen service to keep the memory of her father alive has been Rinkie Bhattacharya, daughter of Bimal Roy who is painstakingly chronicling all the works of this great master at one place for the posteriori to come.

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Hindi film industry has been rather conservative that it has not given the daughters the same space as it has given to the sons and there is an element of feudalism, which is quite discernible. Interestingly enough, this has been the case more with the families, which have their roots in the Northern part of India, than those who hail from the Southern part of India. May be, this could have been the motivating factor which propelled Karishma Kapoor to carve out her place under the sun, and who was illustriously followed by the sister, Kareena Kapoor, in between Twinkle Khanna and Rinkie Khanna also stepped in for an interlude.

When Karishma Kapoor set the trend, in the next generation Sonam Kapoor who is now also being promoted by the father Anil Kapoor, which was never the case earlier, is holding the flag of this trend high. The daughters were more promoted by the mothers, and the fathers either continued to remain in the background, or disapproved of the daughters stepping into the arena. This is probably owing to the fact that the industry is getting corporatized and as such with the streak of professionalism creeping in, daughters are also shedding the inhibition to work along with the fathers in the same industry. Therefore one finds that a Bosky Gulzar has decided to follow in the footsteps of her father to become a director and she would be probably the first daughter of the industry who has become a director.

While in the world outside daughters may have been struggling, film industry has been supportive of the initiatives that the daughters have been taking, from the times when the industry was growing.

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