Women of Worth 2017

Box-Office Boss

Monisha Advani shares her checklist for success in the entertainment business

Soumik Kar

If a seven-year-old says she owns a business, what would be your first reaction? If she insists that she is an entrepreneur, would you believe her? Probably not. This is the story of one such seven-year-old who was inspired by characters in Enid Blyton’s books from whom she learntthe concept of earning pocket money for odd jobs. She drew inspiration from this and decided to start her own library business, one that made a profit of Rs.2.25 over a month in those days. However, the housewives in the building complained to the girl’s mother about her taking money from their children. And this was the end of her very successful, yet short-lived business. When confronted, the girl proudly said, “I am running a business!” As a daughter of two working professionals, where she learnt the word ‘business’, no one knew! This born entrepreneur is Monisha Advani, and this is her story.