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By This International Women’s Day we asked some male celebrities who their ‘ideal’ woman was. Here’s what they said Contributed by V. Kumara Swamy, Moumita Chakrabarti and Varuna Verma
  • Published 8.03.13
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Alyque Padamsee ad guru

Aung San Suu Kyi is by far the most determined woman I have ever seen. She was incarcerated for such a long time but she showed tremendous determination to stay focused on what her people wanted. And now she is on her way to achieving that.

Soumitra Chatterjee actor

From my childhood I have seen so many women — and I admire each one for different reasons. In general, I admire every woman because I believe it is through them that our culture has been kept alive. So I don’t really want to name any one woman: I admire all womenkind.

Sandip Ray filmmaker

The woman I admire the most is my mother Bijaya Ray. This is the only name I can think of, as she is present in every phase of my life. I have seen her handling different situations. While she used to be involved with my father, Satyajit Ray, and his work, she was there for me when I needed her. She is the one for whom I am what I am today.

Bappi Lahiri music composer

The woman I admire most is none other than the late Mother Teresa. She devoted her life to serving mankind selflessly. We encourage women to become professionally qualified, but to earn respect you need more than a degree. A woman like Mother Teresa is a true example of what a woman can do in reality.

U.R. Ananthamurthy author

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay is the woman I admired all my life. She was extremely beautiful and was a feminist to the core. She was also a very principled woman. Although she was very close to Jawaharlal Nehru and other great politicians, she never took advantage of them. She was completely dedicated to social causes and the uplift of the downtrodden.

Vir Das stand-up comedian and actor

Vidya Balan is the woman I admire the most. She is probably the only actress today who can carry a movie on her shoulders. She has created a new economy for her kind of cinema and she has been successful in bringing new audiences to the theatres. Not many actors can claim to have done that in the history of the Indian film industry.

Goutam Ghose filmmaker

I admire Medha Patkar. She is a very simple woman who has travelled to various parts of India, studied the diversity of India in its true sense and has fought for the rights of the people. I admire her for her relentless struggle of over 30 long years. I believe she is a true Gandhian and a patriot.