PM Modi recently had a meeting with a delegation from Bollywood, comprising of producers and actors from the industry. 

It was ‘extensive and fruitful’.

However, this meeting about the financial and other issues concerning the industry, was attended only by men.

The question here is: How can any discussion comprising people from only one gender be extensive? But that’s a topic for another day. 

Right now, I am in a mood to help so I compiled a list of strong, creative and opinionated women from Bollywood who are just as capable as men to give inputs about GST or any other thing. 

1. Priti Shahani

She is the president of Junglee Pictures, the production company which was started in 2014. In the 4 years of its existence, Junglee Pictures has produced 6 movies, which are: Dil Dhadakne Do, BangistanTalvar, Bareilly Ki BarfiRaazi and Badhaai Ho. 

With most of these films getting critical and commercial success, it is safe to say that she does know a thing or two about business decisions. But making her a part of the meeting? Naaaah.

2. Ekta Kapoor

Joint MD of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor has produced nearly 40 movies in her 17-year-long career as a film producer. She is easily one of the most powerful names in the industry, male or female, and  was given a spot in the list of ‘Asia’s Most Powerful Communicators’ by Asia Week magazine in 2001. 


So, if there’s anyone who understands money matters, it’s her. Who cares, though?

3. Juhi Chaturvedi

Juhi started her career as a screenplay writer with Vicky Donor and later wrote Piku and October. In a very short time, she has made people stand up and take notice of her work, something evident by the fact that she won a National Film award (Best Original Screenplay) for her movie Piku, which was only her second.


None of her achievements were enough. CLEARLY.

4. Konkona Sen Sharma

Having impressed people with her stellar acting performances over the years, Konkana ventured into writing and direction with A Death In The Gunj and was just as excellent in those departments, too. She won the best Best Director award at the New York Indian Film Festival and the Best Debut Director at 63rd Filmfare Awards.

Asian Age

You got awards as a first-time film director? Good for you. The PM doesn’t need your opinion. 

5. Anupama Chopra

Director of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and founder of Film Companion, Anupama Chopra is one of the most renowned film critics in the country. Her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic won the National Film Award in 2000 for Best Book on Cinema. 

Twitter/Anupama Chopra

Millions of people rely on her judgment before booking tickets for movies but she is still apparently not fit enough to represent the industry.

6. Gauri Khan 

Co-founder and co-chairperson of Red Chillies Entertainment, Gauri has been handling business for the company and has produced big movies like My Name Is KhanRaees and Zero. 

Some movies produced under the banner are among the highest grossing Hindi films, ever. But the question is, does she understand GST? 

7. Kiran Rao

Kiran was made the chairperson of the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI) in 2015. She is an accomplished producer/director and has been associated with movies like Dhobi GhatPeepli Live and Dangal among many others.

Economic Times

Oh, you head a film festival? Have directed award-winning movies? Have decades of experience in the industry? Still not fit, no. 

8. Gauri Shinde

Gauri has written and directed two movies so far: English Vinglish and Dear Zindagi and for these, she won 7 out of 8 awards she was nominated for. Apart from this, she has made over 100 advertising films and short films with Oh Man! (2001) getting selected for the Berlin Film Festival.

Eastern Eye

For most people, 7/8 would be a good number but it is apparently not so good when you are going to meet the PM.

9. Zoya Akhtar

Known for her beautiful portrayal of family ties and complexities of life, Zoya Akhtar has delivered movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Luck By Chance and Dil Dhadakne Do (first two being the ones she wrote and directed both). 

Architectural Digest

So, again, what makes her opinions any less legitimate than the ones who attended the meeting?

10. Reema Kagti

Reema has been working in the industry for almost 2 decades and has made unconventional movies like Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Talaash. She was also the screenplay writer for Zindagi Na Milegi DobaraDil Dhadakne Do and Talaash.

Times of India

But, but…

11. Meghna Gulzar

With Filhaal… and Raazi, Meghna has given us beautifully written movies, time and again. Apart from that, she has also directed the movie Talvar and Just Married among others. 

She still doesn’t qualify to be a part of a delegation representing Bollywood. 

Hindustan Times

12. Rucha Pathak

Rucha has been working as the Chief Creative Officer for Fox Studios since 2014. Fox has been the distributor for movies like Slumdog Crorepati (Hindi dubbed version of Slumdog Millionaire), My Name Is Khan and Bombay Velvet among others.

Bollywood Hungama

Heading creative operations of one of the biggest distributors of the country is no mean feat, but you gotta do more to sit with men. 

So, you see, there is no lack of talented women in the industry, there’s just lack of intention.

With not even a single one of them being invited for the meeting, it’s almost as if they are invisible despite their achievements. Hope this list helps people see what they are conveniently ignoring.