Films and More by Women Inspiring Network

Women Inspiring Network is a movement to inspire women in our country. WIN in association with INOX and Business World, brings to you the Trailblazers of Film Industry called the Films and More Series, talking about the life of Actresses and Film Makers beyond films. WIN represents women who have been audacious in their dreams and fearless in achieving them.

Vani Tripathi, Central Board of Film Certification Board Member, former National Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party and an Indian actor who has acted in films like Chalte Chalte and Dushman stands out to be a woman of power and strength. While speaking to WIN, she quips, “I think the most daunting task is we don’t have enough capacity for the communication of women. With my time in BJP, I did create that capacity. I could start a conversation between government and art, and that is my greatest contribution. Women accomplishments aren’t just supposed to be celebrated by women; but by all. I encourage women to speak out before it’s too late. I think there is an exciting time for women in cinema, fantastic artists and technical in mainstream and offbeat stories. It’s time for stories which are real and ugly. We have to recalibrate the way we tell our stories and I wish more power to Women Inspiring network it’s a powerful platform to express the voices of women. Women are great storytellers, so it’s about time you find the time and confidence to come out with these voices.

Bollywood actress and Interior Designer Shamita Shetty, made her debut with the blockbuster Mohabbatein in 2000. Her portrayal of Ishika earned her the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the year. She was a contestant in the reality show, Bigg Boss in 2009.She later participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2015) and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2019 and became one of the finalists. After exploring different fields, Shamita said, “I realised I was more inclined towards creative, I have never planned my life. It is a result of me going with the flow. The first month was frustrating during the lockdown, but technology has helped us all a lot to survive this situation. This is a time for being grateful about everything you have especially after looking at the situation of migrant workers and others suffering. So am I for having a roof over my head.” She further adds, “In any profession, women are speaking up.  We are living in an age where women are expressive. We all have stress; people think everything is taken care for me, which is wrong because I don’t like being dependant on anybody. In times of stress, feeling of gratitude heals. Recognise your dreams and go for it, go out to do what you’re meant to do. Don’t feel guilty about your dreams.”

Also was a part of the series, Sneha Namanandi, a celebrated actress, popularly known for her Role in Ragini MMS 2. She has worked in films shot in numerous languages. She is the Brand ambassador for many brands and a trained dancer, truly a woman with many talents. In a conversation with WIN, upon being asked about her life as an actor, she said “If you are gifted, you should use it. Acting is my life and I keep learning and exploring more with each passing day. It’s not an easy journey; a lot of people want to be actors. Thus there are multiple choices to choose from.”

On the success of the #filmsandmoreseries, the founder of WIN, Ms Stuti Jalan quips, “Listening to these successful women, their journey and their multiple roles has inspired me personally. As they shared their lives through WIN, their stories touched thousands of aspiring women in the smaller towns and cities of our country. The WIN community was created to inspire the women of our country to dream big. It’s inspiring to be a part of platform like WIN and we will continue to bring such exciting and enlightening stories in the form of multiple other series and commemorate the lives of such leading women. It is an utmost delight to be able to provide a platform like WIN and we will continue to reach out to everyone with these stories”