“I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that?”

– Mindy Kaling

Image- Director Sai Paranjpe (in sari) on the sets of the 1981 comedy Chashme Buddoor, showing her male lead Farooq Sheikh how to smoke. As Sheikh, who wasn’t a smoker then, stares at his director, she lights up with a coir rope hanging from the roof of the cigarette shop. Sai doesn’t know she’s being photographed.

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