They showed us how to rule the world, they defined style and panache for us, they made this world a more beautiful and creative place. And yet, the one job that they still do the best – being a Mommy!!! Here’s our pick (in random order) of the Top 10 Celebrity Mums who’ve made it big for themselves, and who still are best buddies to their darlings….
Sushmita Sen: Mum to daughters Renee and Alishah. Miss Universe. Actor. Filmfare Award Winner. President of ‘I Am She – Miss Universe India’ contest, helping Indian contestants represent India at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Kiran Bedi (Also known as Crane Bedi): Mum to daughter Saina. First Woman officer in the IPS. Founder of NGOs Navjyoti India Foundation (for welfare and preventative policing) and India Vision Foundation (for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare). Recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award. Winner of Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship, Asian Lawn-Tennis Championship, All-India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship, All-Asian Tennis Championship and the Asian Ladies Title. Awarded UN Medal for her work in the UN. Popularly known as Crane Bedi for towing away PM Indira Gandhi’s car for parking violation. Instituted prison management reforms. Introduced detoxification programs in prisons such as Art of Living Foundation prison courses, yoga, meditation. Won Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship to write about her work in Tihar Jail. Awarded honorary degree of Doctor of Law in recognition of humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing. Her NGOs were awarded the Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention by the United Nations. Prominent member of IAC (India Against Corruption).
Mary Kom: Mum to twin boys Rechungvar and Khupneivar. Five-time World Boxing Champion. Only woman boxer to win a medal in each of the six world championships. Only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. Bronze medalist at Summer Olympics 2012. Silver medalist at the first AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in the US. Gold medalist at the second AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in the US. Gold medalist in Asian Women’s Boxing Championship, India. Awarded Arjuna Award for outstanding sporting achievement. Given the honour of bearing the Queen’s baton in the opening ceremony of the 2010 CommonWealth Games in Delhi.
Anoushka Shankar: Mum to son Zubin Shankar Wright. British sitar player. Signed first record contract with EMI at age 16. Nominated for Grammy, becoming youngest-ever and first woman nominee in World Music category. First Indian to play at the Grammy Awards. Actor. Writer. Columnist. Winner of Woman of the Year 2003 award. Supporter of animal rights and PETA. Spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme in India.
Kajol: Mum to daughter Nysa and son Yug. Actor. Winner of six Filmfare Awards. Record-holder for most Best Actress wins at Filmfare. Recipient of Padma Shree for contribution to Indian cinema. Social Activist. Recipient of Karmaveer Puraskaar for her work with widows and children. Holds management post at Devgan Entertainment and Software Ltd. International goodwill ambassador of Loomba Trust. Brand ambassador of Pratham, charity organisation for children. One of the four Bollywood actors whose miniature doll was launched in the UK under ‘Bollywood Legends.’ First Indian actor (along with SRK) to be invited by NASDAQ to open the American Stock Exchange.
Madhuri Dixit Nene (the dhak dhak girl): Mum to two boys. Actor. Winner of five Filmfare Awards. Record holder for highest number of Best Actress nominations. Awarded the Padma Shri. Given a tribute by Indian Film Festival at Los Angeles. Received Filmfare Special Award in honour of 25 years in Bollywood. Brand ambassador of Emeralds for Elephants, working for the conservation of Aisan Elephants and other endangered species.
Indra Nooyi: Mum to two daughters. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, second largest food and beverage business in the world. Consistently ranked by Forbes amongst World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Featured in Wall Street Journal’s list of 50 Women to watch out for. Featured in Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world. Ranked 3rd most powerful woman in the world in 2008 by Forbes. Ranked No.1 most powerful woman in business in 2009 and 2010 by Fortune. Named one of America’s Best Leaders by US News and World Report. Elected to the Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Elected Chairwoman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC). Named CEO of the Year 2009 by Global Supply Chain Leaders Group.
Sanjana Kapoor: Mum to her son. Actor. Theatre Personality. Running the famous Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. Social Activist.
Farah Khan: Mum to triplets – two daughters Diva, Anya and a son Czar. Choreographer. Director. Producer. Actor. Achieved international recognition for Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams and Vanity Fair. Nominated for Tony Award as Best Choreographer. Five-time winner of Filmfare Best Choreography Award. Second female director to be nominated for Filmfare Best Director Award. Trained internationally-famous pop-star Shakira for her performance for the MTV Video Music Awards. Choreographed international artist Kylie Minogue for a Bollywood number. Winner of National Film Award for Best Choreography.
Ritu Beri: Mum to daughter Gia. Fashion Designer. Social Activist. Author. Only Indian designer to be featured in the magazine Acustyle, which forecasts fashion trends worldwide. Serves on the Board of Governors at NIFT. Author of 101 Ways to Look Good. Honorary patron of Savera Association, involved in improving the lives of Indian women. Author of the most expensive Indian book, Firefly – A Fairytale, priced at INR 1 lakh. Client list includes former US President includes Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Cast of movie Moulin Rouge, Actor Nicole Kidman and Andy McDowell, the Swarovski family, Madhuri Dixit, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji, Shobha De and Parmeshwar Godrej.