Today, it is International Women's Day, an occasion to celebrate the wonderful ladies who contribute so much to our lives and society. We should celebrate women everyday and this day is just for those who forget to do it otherwise. The contemporary woman is one who juggles it all. Bollywood Life spoke to Bharti Singh to know a little about gender equality and what according to her are challenges for the modern woman in an EXCLUSIVE chat. We know that Bharti is someone who has done it all. The lady is known as India's comedy queen but few know that Bharti is also accomplished in archery and pistol-shooting. She told Bollywood Life, "I feel women are taking up challenges in every field and accomplishing them too. However, perceptions take time to change and at times, it is a struggle to make people understand that you can achieve it all."
Women's security is one issue that really bothers her. "Till date, parents worry if their daughters have to come home late at night. There is always the anxiety that is the cab-driver a decent chap or will the auto bring her safely home. I think fear for a daughter's safety is something that is there in every parent, whether it is a big city or small town. We don't think about it much but the ghastly rape incidents that occur time and again is a chilling reminder. I feel India will be truly progressive when we can ensure safety to women who are working for their homes and country."
Bharti is one of the highest paid celebrities in the TV industry and also made it in the top 100 list. Has she ever faced sexism? "No, I have been very lucky in that respect. In fact, the respect I got being the only woman in the field of comedy, is at times, scary. My fellow comedians tell me to open the show on most occasions. It is quite surreal. However, what touches my heart is the love we get from people. Even if people see us at 4am, they are smiling. And in today's times, if you can make people smile, you'll accomplishing a lot," she says. But does she feel the entertainment industry believes in gender equality in general? "I have been lucky to work with evolved individuals. I really cannot comment on this," she says. Bharti further says, "I would like more women to enter the field of comedy. I see girls in a mad rush to get slimmer, look more fashionable to become actors in TV or films. But if you have a funny bone, try comedy! We can explore a lot. Comedy is not a male bastion as most girls perceive it to be."
Bharti loves daughters and really wants her first-born to be a girl. She says, "Daughters are extremely loving. Also, with a baby girl, I can accessorize her so nicely with clips, shoes, pretty frocks, hairbands and what not. With a boy, it is only clothes and shoes (Laughs out loud)." We are sure many mommies of little baby girls will relate to that. For the uninitiated, Bharti is going to marry long-time beau Haarsh Limbachiyaa later this year.
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