Celebrating International Women’s Day, Variety salutes women making an impact in showbiz around the globe with their annual Women’s Impact Report 2019. The report represented women from all corners of the world in the creative and business sectors including both Oscar winners and power players in executive suites.
As Variety announced its report today, Sonam K Ahuja becomes the only star from the Indian film industry to be part of the list. With this she joins Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o, French actress Juliette Binoche, Hollywood actress Emily Blunt, Georgia Brown UK Head Amazon Studios, Mary Guu CEO CAA China, Pippa Harris BAFTA Chair and Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji among others.
Representing the voice of Young India with films like Neerja, Padman, Veere Di Wedding and the recent Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Sonam K Ahuja has truly been a game changer in every sense of the word. Lauded for having the spunk to take on progressive roles that most would shy away from, the star has fast become the face of social change.
From addressing stereotypes connected to menstruation to celebrating the spirit of the modern day Indian woman and being part of the country’s first film headlined by contemporary leading ladies, the National award winner stood out for her brave choice of films.
Variety reports, “Last year, the busy Bollywood actress starred in women-empowerment comedy “Veere Di Wedding”, “Padman” in which her character facilitates the journey of a man who makes it his life’s mission to provide affordable sanitary pads to rural Indian woman. Already in 2019, she starred in “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”, Bollywood’s first mainstream LGBTQIA film”.
Excited to be part of the international report says Sonam K Ahuja, “Labels and stereotypes are dangerous and detrimental and it has always been my endeavor to break them. It’s a huge honor to be a part of Variety’s Impact list and join these inspiring women from across the globe. No effort is too small .Someday we are all just going to be memories and it’s my aim to be the best one I possibly can.”