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child bride, who suffered physical / emotional abuses, to a celebrated
entrepreneur makes the 5th episode of HRX Heroes with Hrithik Roshan
very special. We have lot of girls in our country, who have to suffer
physical as well as emotional abuses in marriage. Many compromise for the
society’s sake, many end their lives when it becomes unbearable, or many head
for divorce. Here is the story of Kalpana Saroj, who was not ready to succumb
to the turbulent conditions, she not only fought with the turbulence of her
lives, but also made her own identity in the society as an entrepreneur and did
not shy away from taking a second plunge into domestic bliss.
struggles or challenges are synonyms of life.
A girl who had to struggle at her every step, who was from a poor family,
victim of child-marriage and societal pressures, changed her fate with her
efforts and that is Kalpana Saroj.
live with her constable father and other family members in the police quarters.
Being a Dalit child, she had to face the discrimination at school and colony. Elders
in the colony used to stop their children from playing along with Kalpana and
her siblings. Even in school, teachers used to make her sit apart from other
students. Although she was a bright student, she was constantly prevented from
participating in extracurricular activities.
kept on convincing her father to get her married off after age 10. Although her
father had emancipated views and wanted her to continue with studies, but had
to yield to the pressure of relatives and got her married off at age twelve.
Her groom was from Mumbai. The name ‘Mumbai’ was sufficient for the family to
fix up the match, did not feel the need to do any background checking.
her in-laws’ place. She was brutally abused physically even for small things.
She was not given proper food. Oh, what an ordeal for a twelve year child. Her
father when visited her after a span of six months, could not bear to see his
fragile and bruised daughter. He just brought her back home. Kalpana was choked
with emotions when she was narrating about domestic violence.
husbands’ house and come back home. And the same was the case with Kalpana
also. She was constantly taunted by the acquaintances and relatives about the
shame she brought to her family, community and society at large by daring to
return from her in-laws’ place.
attempted to commit suicide by consuming poison. Although critical, doctors
saved her. Once she opened her eyes, she felt that she was no longer going to
waste the second chance at life which she had got. And she wanted to live her
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house, and picked up tailoring job. She even took loan to start her tailoring
business. She brought her family members to Mumbai after her father lost the
job. She rented a small room and stayed with her parents and siblings.
sufficient for the whole family. Many days, they had to face hunger. Her sister
fell ill, and due to lack of money for treatment, she dies. He sister wanted to
live who kept crying to save her. This tragedy gave her one of the biggest
realization that money is important for survival. That is when she decided to
earn money and started working for almost sixteen hours a day.
with that small amount, she started a furniture business. Her tailoring also
continued. Financial situation was improving. She also started a small NGO,
where she shared knowledge about the various government loans and schemes
available to people so that they could also pursue their dreams.
and that is when coincidently a proprietor of a litigation locked land at a
prime location came to her to sell this property, he needed 2.5 lakhs. Kalpana
managed to give him some money and then her struggle started to get the
property ownership, which continued for two years. Once the land was clear,
Kalpana chose a Sindhi partner who agreed to invest and she entered real estate
business. Because of her social work and attempt to enter into real estate
business, she also had to face death threats from local goons.
company with almost 140 litigation company with a debt of Rs. 116 crores, its
ownership was given to the workers union due to conflict between the legal
heirs by the Supreme Court) requested Kalpana to save their company. The
company was almost to be liquidated. Though Kalpana felt incompetent, her
thought to save starving families prompted her to take up the challenge. In her
words, she had nothing to lose.
with the banks to requesting the then Finance Minister to grant some relief in
bank loan, she successfully brought the company out of its low phase after an
attempt of 6 years. Later, she was appointed as chairman of the company and
even the ownership was transferred to her by the court.
further under her leadership and ownership. She also married for the second
time and is blessed with children.
the journey becomes easy.
Saroj), Priyanka Sekhawat (Kalpana of 14 years old), Manju Raizada (Mother), Vijay
Shukla (Father), Sandhya Kute (Aunty), Anil Raj (Uncle), Abha Bhandari
(Mother-in-law), Rani Sinha
reconstruction of the events so much touching. Both Priyanka and Taruna, as the
young and adult Kalpana respectively have portrayed her character with so much
maut a dar nikal chukka tha… she was fearless now.
stood firm even after the biggest tragedy of her life. She decided not to look
back, rather decided to move ahead.
times don’t last, but tough people do.
best way to predict your future is to create it. You can make your dreams come
who had to face discrimination against being an untouchable child, a victim of
child marriage, bearing domestic violence by her in-laws. She decided not to
confine herself within the shackles of society, she dared to dream, started
from tailoring. An incredible entrepreneurial journey to own Kamani Tubes
Limited. Grand Salute to this great woman Kalpana Saroj, HRX Hero.
catch up with the repeat telecast of this episode on 21st November,
2015 at 8 PM only on Discovery Channel in the show HRX Heroes with HrithikRoshan.