NEW DELHI: Superstar Shahrukh Khan has said women are the future and they must be respected. “It is important to talk about women who are making progress, taking our country forward and it is time to celebrate a little bit of brightness and positivity. You need to have women to have men,” the 47-year-old said on Thursday at the launch of the Link Lady collection of watch brand Tag Heuer.
The evening also celebrated the power of women by felicitating four Indian women achievers, who have excelled and contributed tremendously to their respective fields. Among those commemorated were Sara Pilot, for her contribution to charitable causes through her organisation Cequin; Pia Singh, for her work in the country’s luxury retail sector; Ritu Beri for being the pioneer of Indian fashion; and Olympic Bronze medalist Saina Nehwal for excellence in the field of sports.
SRK kept to his late-coming tradition and turned up two hours later than the scheduled time, looking dapper in a black suit. He said it’s time to celebrate the women “who are the leaders of India”.
“It has been a few months now since we are witnessing all the news against women in India. Now everyone wants to come out and vehemently oppose the atrocity that happens with women in our country and around the globe,” said the superstar. He also feels that with all the negativity that is around, it becomes more important to have a few sparks of brightness, beauty and goodness.
The evening started with aerial and ground ballet performances, followed by the unveiling of the watch collection by Khan and TAG Heuer president and CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin.
Those who attended the event included Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, Shashi and Sunanda Tharoor, Sachin Pilot, Manav Gangwani, Anupama Dayal, Varun Bahl, Rohit Gandhi and Sanjay Kapoor.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2013.
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