Charu Khurana becomes first woman to be inducted into Bollywood make-up artists' body


April 21, 2015 16:52:46 IST

A fifty-nine year old prejudice practiced in Bollywood came to an end on Monday when Charu Khurana, a make-up artist who has worked her skills on the faces of top politicians and film actors, was inducted to an all-male Cine Costume, Make-Up Artist & Hair Dressers' Association (CCMAA) after a long legal battle.

The 6-year-long legal battle for demolishing the gender barrier in the association came to an end on Monday, with CCMAA telling a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and PC Pant that it had registered Khurana to pursue her profession in Bollywood, reports The Times of India.

Supreme Court. AFP

Supreme Court. AFP

Reports claimed that Khurana has worked worked with politicians like Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cricketer Virat Kohli, among many other Bollywood celebrities, but failed to register with CCMAA after associations's consistent resistance to enroll a female make-up artist.

The Supreme Court in November had last ordered Mumbai’s CCMAA to drop its “obstinacy” and allow women to register. Ms. Khurana had taken her battle to court, but the Association had managed to come back with one excuse or the other.

“Without membership, women make-up artists were barred from working in Bollywood or any regional film industry,” Ms. Khurana said in a statement made to The Hindu.

Khurana would have been able to register with the Association in 2009 if they had allowed women to join, advocate Jyotika Kalra, appearing for Khurana, told the bench. In a petition filed by Kalra, asked why women still face discrimination despite having gained entry in all spheres of public life, reports The Hindu.

“What is happening in this country? First comply with our orders. Give her the membership,” a visibly annoyed Justice Dipak Misra told the Association’s lawyer on Monday, according to The Times of India.

The court had slammed CCMAA and granted a last opportunity on April 13 to enroll her in the association within a week.

Updated Date: Apr 21, 2015 16:52 PM