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‘In movies, a male is still much bigger than a woman’
Bollywood News Service | Thursday, 16 February 2017 AT 10:19 AM IST
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Jyotsna Chandola, the vamp of Sasural Simar Ka, talks about gender equality and more...

Television actress Jyotsna Chandola is known for her negative character, Khushi, in one of the longest-running shows, Sasural Simar Ka. The actress has been working in TV serials for more than half a decade and was also a part of the &TV’s Santoshi Maa recently. She talks about a variety of issues here.

According to you, what is a woman’s place in the entertainment industry today?
Nowadays, there are many good female-oriented movies being made but a male actor in movies is still much bigger than the heroine. We have seen many actresses who once played the heroine, playing a mother’s role today but their contemporary male actors continue to play heroes.

How do you balance work with your personal life?
It becomes easy to balance work and personal life when you have a wonderful partner, who is more a friend. So I can say it’s all because of Nits (Nitesh Singh, her husband) that I am able to manage everything.

How has the position of women changed over the last few years?
Now girls are more aware of things. They know what they want and are mature enough to take and handle their decisions. The television industry is coming up with female-oriented shows, so this is the best thing happening for women. Yes, there is more competition because everyone wants to be an actor, but we do have more opportunities because the number of channels has also gone up.

When you were rising through the professional ranks, did you find that your experiences were different because of your gender?
I must say yes. People do try to take advantage, but you need to know how to handle them. When you have good family support, you are more sorted. My mom used to come along with me in the initial days. My dad would pick me up from the sets if I got late. He used to also travel with me if there were outdoor shoots. So I am lucky that way.

Which man has been a strong influence in your life?
My partner Nits. I can’t express what he means to me because words fall short. My co-actors have told me that they have seen great change in me since he’s come into my life. I can say he’s groomed me, taught me patience. He’s made me calm and I see life is beautiful with him. He inspires me so much. I think my life would be really different and sad if he was not around. He is my superhero.  

Do you think a woman needs a man to complete her?
Yes. And, it is vice versa.

What is your biggest advantage over men, if any?
Everyone is nicer and polite and always have that soft corner for females, which is a positive and an

As a working woman, do you have to experience pangs of guilt that you may be neglecting your home?
No. It is not only a woman’s responsibility to take care of the house. It has to be a joint responsibility between the man and the woman.

What women related issues need to be addressed immediately?
Domestic violence. I have heard one out of four women in this country faces domestic violence during her lifetime. Also, stalking and sexual harassment.

What do you love about being a woman?
I’m proud to be a girl. We are always beautiful and loving.

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