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19 Badass Indian Ladies Everyone Should Look Up To

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1. Malini Agarwal

Malini Agarwal

Malini is the founder and creative director of MissMalini Entertainment, a leading new media network based out of Mumbai. She's arguably India's most famous celebrity blogger, and a well-known social media personality.

2. Pooja Bedi

The actress and TV anchor is also the chairperson of The Grassroots Foundation, a charitable organisation which provides for those in need. Bedi has also been a columnist for publications like The Times of India and the Hindustan Times.

3. Mini Mathur

Mini Mathur is perhaps best known for hosting Indian Idol for four seasons. She has also dabbled in acting and modelling, and has even worked as an advertising professional earlier in her career.


5. Sairee Chahal


Chahal is the founder of, an online career portal for women. The website helps Indian women connect with potential employers and business owners.


9. Anjali Kirpalani

Formerly a TV anchor/producer with ET NOW, Kirpalani has also worked as a marketing executive and written two books, titled Never Say Never and Written In The Stars.

10. Paromita Vohra


Paromita Vohra is the mind behind movies such as Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City and the TV series Connected Hum Tum. Apart from being a filmmaker, Vohra is also a prolific writer.

11. Shunali Khullar Shroff

Shunali Shroff has worked as a journalist, a corporate communications specialist and has owned a successful PR firm. Shroff has also authored a book on motherhood.

12. Sonali Gupta


A clinical psychologist with 12 years of experience, Sonali Gupta works with adults and children alike. Gupta has also written extensively on subjects like managing anxiety, working with LGBT clients, and digital detox.

13. Srishti Arya


Jumping into the marketing world at the tender age of 15, Srishti Arya and her brother Goldie Behl are currently run production house Rose Movies. She made her Bollywood production debut in 1998.


14. Sharmistha Ray


Sharmistha Ray is an artist who has had solo exhibitions in Mumbai and New York, and over 30 group shows. She has also worked on art and design commissions for corporates like Godrej, JSW and Mahindra & Mahindra.

15. Neha Kare


Kare is the founder of UNIMO, an online community dedicated to mothers across the country. Today, UNIMO has chapters in Mumbai, Delhi, Indore, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, as well as Dubai and Singapore.

16. Fatima Karan


Fatima Mahdi Karan serves as Consulting Editor at BTVI, a leading business channel that is now partnering with the world's top news organisation, Reuters.

19. Pooja Makhija


The nutritionist has transformed the bodies – and lives – of thousands of people. Her star-studded clientele includes the likes of Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor and Sushmita Sen.

All of them will be speaking at Festivelle 2016, a two-day festival for women, in Mumbai on 17th and 18th December. Click here to book your passes.

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