Maria Goretti: Before she was married to Arshad Warsi, Maria Goretti was a popular MTV VJ. She used to host a TV show, Do It Sweet. She may not have an exemplary Bollywood career, but she's one of the most popular celebrity chefs. Maria has hosted several TV shows including Do It Sweet on the NDTV Good Times channel and I Love Cooking on Living Foodz.
Maanayata Dutt: She is the CEO of Sanjay Dutt's production house - Sanjay Dutt Productions. The lady is an active socialite and an activist, who is a regular face of social campaigns. A lot of people aren't aware that she was initially known as Sara Khan in the film industry. Maanayata also made her acting debut in Kamaal Rashid Khan's Deshdrohi, and that is where she was given the screen name "Maanayata", by Jha. Her aspirations to become a star ended when her father died, leaving the responsibility of the family business on her.
Kiran Rao: Even before she married Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao was as an assistant director in Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Lagaan' and later also assisted Gowariker on Shah Rukh Khan's 'Swades'. She had also worked as assistant director for Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. She is a screenwriter, producer and also directed her husband-actor Aamir Khan in 'Dhobi Ghat', which was critically acclaimed. She also is the chairperson of the Mumbai Film Festival. Not only this, but Kiran Rao has also made a brief appearance in Aamir Khan-starrer Dil Chahta Hai.
Sussanne Khan: She is more popularly known as Hrithik Roshan's ex-wife, but well she has definitely left her own imprint with her accomplishment. Sussanne Khan has an Associate of Arts Degree in interior design from Brooks College in Long Beach, California. She is a successful Interior designer, who has even worked on homes of Priyanka Chopra and Rani Mukerji. The Charcoal Project, founded by her is also considered as the most popular design store in India. Sussanne Khan has also worked for The Label Life, an e-commerce fashion lifestyle company established in 2012. She was employed as the first interior fashion designer for the company. In 2014, she launched the official branch of Pearl Academy campus in Mumbai and supporting the students of the academy by handling scholarships. Later, in 2015, she became the first Indian designer to join London-based design company YOO.
Gauri Khan: Shah Rukh Khan's wife Gauri Khan (Gauri Chibber) is an interior designer and film producer. She co-owns the production house and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment. In 2012, Gauri Khan launched her own line of furniture in partnership with Sussanne Khan's home store – The Charcoal Project. In 2017, she also launched her flagship store 'Gauri Khan Designs' which offers a variety of selections in home decor. In November, she made her debut on the list of Fortune India's 50 Most Powerful Women in business.
Twinkle Khanna: Well, we know she doesn't need much of an introduction as Twinkle Khanna's work in recent years has spoken enough about her. Her newspaper columns are a huge hit, her first book 'Mrs Funnybones' became so popular that it made her India's highest-selling female writer in 2015. Twinkle's second book 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad' got similar success. As a producer, she has 'Padman', 'Holiday: A soldier is never off duty', '72 Miles' (Marathi film) to her credit. She is definitely more than just her superstar husband Akshay Kumar's wife. The actress also published a new book Pyjamas Are Forgiving in 2018, which has received rave reviews for the same.
Maheep Kapoor: Sanjay Kapoor's wife Maheep Kapoor runs her own jewellery store 'Satyani Fine Jewels' in India and UK as well. Apart from being a successful jewellery designer, Maheep Kapoor also runs a boutique. It's a luxury retail boutique called Bandra 190, which is run by Maheep Kapoor in collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan's wife Gauri Khan and Sohail Khan's wife Seema Khan.
Tanya Deol: Bobby Deol's wife Tanya Deol (Tanya Ahuja) is a famous costume designer. She also runs the business of furniture and home decor as the lady has studied interior designing.
Bhavna Pandey: Chunky Panday's wife Bhavna Pandey co-owns 'LoveGen', a young and vibrant high street fashion brand. It is spearheaded by Nandita Mahtani and Dolly Sidhwani.
Mana Shetty: Suniel Shetty's wife, is a socialite and a successful businesswoman. She owns R-House, a lifestyle story, in Mumbai, which has luxury decor and gift items. She is the director of a real estate project named S2, under which luxury villas are constructed. She also runs a clothing brand named "Mana and Isha" along with her sister. On the social service front, Mana Shetty is associated with 'Save the Children India' NGO.
Seema Khan: Sohail Khan's wife, Seema Khan (Seema Sachdev) is a well-known fashion designer. Very few know that Seema had designed the whole look of the lead character in the popular television show 'Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin'. Seema even launched a luxury concept retail boutique in Bandra, which is co-owned by Sussanne Khan and Maheep Kapoor (Sanjay Kapoor). Khan also owns a beauty spa and salon called Kallista, in Mumbai.
Adhuna Bhabani: Though the couple parted ways a few years ago, Adhuna Bhabani was not just the star wife of Farhan Akhtar but was a famous hairstylist as well. In 1998, Adhuna first launched her salon, Juice, in Mumbai along with her brother and business partner, Osh Bhabani. Later they changed the name to BBLUNT. Adhuna has done a hairdressing course at Worthington Hair, a salon in Northwest England. When she was 17, she had participated in and won, the under-21 national junior hairstyling championship.
Mehr Jesia: Though the couple parted ways now, Mehr Jesia was famous even before she married the actor, Arjun Rampal. Well, the lady won the Femina Miss India 1986 and was a part of the first generation of Indian supermodels like Madhu Sapre, Feroze Gujral, Shyamolie Verma and Anna Bredmeyer.
Priya Runchal: John Abraham's wife Priya Runchal is an NRI financial analyst and investment banker from the USA. Priya has done MBA from London and has also studied law at the University of California, Los Angeles (USA).
When it comes to star wives the very first thing that comes to our minds are the paparazzi's spotting Gauri Khan, Twinkle Khanna, Maheep Kapoor et al at various places across the town. It could be parties or outside gyms or at a restaurant. But how many of us actually know that these Bollywood star wives are so talented in their respective careers that they actually command a position of their own professionally? On Maria Goretti's birthday, we present to you 14 most popular star wives who have much more to them than their superstar husbands' stardom
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