Papa don't preach
October 2, 2008
These daughters have struck out on their own-some following in their father's footsteps and some doing different things. But all have given business ideas a new twist, and not one is content to stay in the family's shadow. All of them want to play an active role in the family business as they carve out a career for themselves, and each one of them has a clear vision about the future.Anjani Kasliwal
22, General Manager-Luxury, Brandhouse Retails
The best advice my father gave: Keep smiling, so the world wonders what you are up to.
10-years from now: I want to be a successful entrepreneur, juggling two bratty girls. If I wasn't in my father's business: I would be on the ramp.
All of 22, this chirpy girl loves filmmaking and, in fact, did her Bachelors in Media Management from Bombay University. So, what is she doing heading the luxury brands business at Brandhouse Retails, the de-merged brandspecific group company of apparel maker S. Kumars Nationwide (SKNL). Brandhouse Retails is involved in setting up and managing exclusive brand outlets for various brands across India with a special focus on fashion and lifestyle. "I feel so strongly about what my dad does and I feel that I can take it on. I feel that I am capable of carrying his name in business forward," says Kasliwal. She currently manages two international luxury brands-Escada and Alfred Dunhill-as the General Manager-Luxury at Brandhouse Retails. It might be a while before she actually heads the business but she is happy shouldering responsibilities.-Anusha Subramanian
Pooja Jain 2007 daughters Lara Balsara Ashni Biyani Schauna Chauhan Saluja Alisha Chauhan Nadia Chauhan Kurup Bhairavi Jani Rangita Pritish Nandy Meghna Ghai Puri
Schauna Chauhan Saluja
Nadia Chauhan Kurup
Rangita Pritish Nandy
Meghna Ghai Puri
32, Executive Director, Luxor Group
The best advice my father gave: Be positive and never give up.
-Dhiman ChattopadhyaySoundarya Rajinikanth
24, MD and Chief Executive, Ocher Studios
The best advice my father gave: Set your goal, gather information, bring together a great team and never give up until the goal is achieved.
10-years from now: I would like to be redefining 3D and entertainment technology worldwide.
If I wasn't in my father's business: I would be playing professional golf.
No treading the beaten path of celluloid children for Soundarya Rajinikanth, the 25-year-old younger daughter of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth. She borrowed from banks to set up Ocher Studios, a 3D animation, post-production and visual effects studio, in Chennai. As Managing Director and Chief Executive, she manages an 80-member team today. Her biggest achievement has been to direct her father in a full length 3D animated film Sultan the Warrior.