"I don’t think any of it had any bearing"
Malaika Arora got married at the age of 25 and had a child shortly after but stated that it did not affect her career.
Malaika shares 19-year-old Arhaan with her ex-husband Arbaaz Khan.
The pair got married in 1998 but divorced in 2017.
She has now revealed that the major milestones in her early life did not affect her career.
Malaika said: “Somewhere, it was an example of sorts for lot of other women.”
Speaking to Namrata Zakaria on her podcast, Tell Me How You Did It, Malaika said:
“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.
“Back then, there were very few of us who were married with kids. Very, very few. 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 far more different.
“I said, ‘I’m not going to let it bother me, I’m not going to let it stop what I 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.”
Malaika went on to say: “I always have this glamorous approach or being a certain way, it has worked in my favour.”
She added that she made marriage and working through pregnancy look easy.
“I don’t think a lot of people at that point could have made that switch, I took it head on and I am really happy I did.”
Malaika Arora is currently making the most of her time with Arhaan, who has returned home from university abroad.
She previously wrote a note at the time of seeing him off, which read:
“As we both embark on a new and uncharted journey, one filled with nervousness, fear, excitement, distance, new experiences… all I know is that I am super duper proud of you my Arhaan.
“This is your time to spread your wings and fly and soar and live all your dreams… miss you already.”