Discussion Post: What Indian Movie Character/Celebrity Do You Want as Your Boss? Or Not Want as Your Boss?

Inspired by a question from Procrastinatrix, I got to think about boss’ in Indian film. Mostly they are pretty awesome, and in fact I wouldn’t mind working for any of them!

For me, top choice as preferred boss in real life is Karan Johar. He’s super loyal and super supportive and he built a free daycare for his employees.

Image result for karan johar ayan mukherjee
And he takes his mentees to award shows with him!

Top choice in not-real life is Shahrukh from Chak De India. He’s tough but fair, he will bring out the best in you, and he will protect you from all the ugliness of the administrative level.

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Worst choice in real life is Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The kind of guy who will make you redo your whole set design because it isn’t perfect? I don’t need that. Alternatively, Aamir Khan. For similar reasons.

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Worst choice in fiction is basically any of the “hero cop” types. I don’t need to work crazy hours and get shot and all that just because my boss is all of a sudden real real mad!

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6 thoughts on “Discussion Post: What Indian Movie Character/Celebrity Do You Want as Your Boss? Or Not Want as Your Boss?

  1. Haha, thanks for this post, Margaret, you made me lol. I’m thinking on it. The first thing that comes to mind, and could be worst or best, are the fictional rich families who employ family retainers for decades, help to educate and marry their children off, etc. If the family were rich enough, and reasonable enough, I could really get behind that kind of work, even if it’s repetitive, dull, and requires lots of kissing up. No gangster families though.

    Hmm–in real life I want to work for the Meer Foundation, so that answers my non-fictional category. 🙂


    • I think I don’t want to be a loyal retainer of a wealthy family, but I want to be the CHILD of a loyal retainer of a wealthy family. Get a free education, a place to come home to, and don’t have to scrub floors at 4am. Also, have you seen the Pakistani film Cake? Really really good movie, and interesting take on the whole “family retainer” relationship.

      If the Meer Foundation doesn’t work out, you could always work for Being Human! Salman is even more of a “family retainer” type of boss.

      On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 4:02 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



        • Tragically, Prithvi does not have a formal foundation to hire you. Maybe something with the Malayalam Woman’s film collective? Hang out with Parvathy?

          On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 4:10 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



          • I don’t know if he’s big enough for a foundation yet. But sell it to him! Get a meeting, say “the tax advantages of having a formal foundation with staff outweigh the cost of the salary, plus also PR!” And then he will duck his head and hide behind his bangs and shyly say “yes”.

            On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 4:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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