Never A Hindrance: Malaika Arora On Impact Of Marriage, Motherhood On Her Career

Being married, or when I was married, or when I decided to have a child, I don’t think any of it had any bearing on my professional life: Malaika Arora.

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Do you think getting married earlier will only impact your career in a negative way? Do you think marriage will be a hindrance to your goals? Is it true that your professional life will have face setbacks if you have a child? Actor Malaika Arora might be able to answer these questions for you.

During a recent interaction, Arora said that getting married early did not impact her career, rather, it 'enhanced' her life. She added that she refused to see motherhood and marriage as an obstacle.

Malaika Arora on marriage, motherhood and her career

While speaking to Namrata Zakaria on her podcast, Tell Me How You Did It, when asked if motherhood sets a woman's career back, Arora said, “My answer would be ‘no’. It’s never, ever been a hindrance. It never was a hindrance. I’m proof of that. Not in any way has it come in the choices that I’ve made. Being married, or when I was married, or when I decided to have a child, I don’t think any of it had any bearing on my professional life. People around me had a lot more to say, but it didn’t have any bearing on my professional life.”

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Arora revealed that when she embraced marriage and motherhood there were very few women like her who were married with kids. "Nobody would take that plunge. Now, of course, it has changed; women are married, with kids, working through (pregnancies), and after. The whole concept has changed. But back then, it was different." Speaking on how she dealt with the stigma in the entertainment industry around married women with children, she said, she told herself that she was not going to let it bother her or let it stop what she want to do. "I worked through my pregnancy. I was on MTV, I did shows, I did all of it. I think I travelled the most when I was pregnant,” added Arora

Malaika Arora got married early in her life to actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan. They got married in 1998 but they got separated in 2017. They have a son together, Arhaan.

Malaika Arora has been in a relationship with actor Arjun Kapoor since 2016. The couple has faced a lot of scrutiny due to the reverse age gap but has managed to set it aside and sustain their relationship.

Recently, Malaika Arora was in the news after several media outlets faced backlash for objectifying the actor when she went bra-free while taking her dog out for a walk. Read more about it here.

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