Guneet Monga – Know About These Indian Trailblazers – Part 2

Guneet Monga: Meet the Oscar 2019 Winner

Guneet Monga is in news for her historic win at the 91 Academy Awards in the category “A best Documentary short film for her ‘Period. End of Sentence’ which highlights the struggles and challenges Rural Indian Women face during menstruation.

She is a producer, founder of a production company and has won an Oscar in February 2019. Guneet Monga has won several applauds in the past for her exceptional successful movies like ‘Masaan’, ‘Gangs of Wassepur’ and ‘The Lunchbox’. The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 voted her as one of the top 12 women international achievers. She has given more than ten successful movies.

Her Journey: “Guneet says she has lived a life of borrowed dreams”

It’s always the success of a person which attracts us. But very few know about the journey and the road traveled to reach this success. In a recent post in the ‘Humans of Bombay,’ she narrated her story of struggle and hardships.

Ms. Monga says that she has lived a life of borrowed dreams. She grew up in Delhi and was born in a middle-class Punjabi family. Her family had one room in a big house and was a witness to abuse and fights from relatives, over the property. Her mom was suppressed and one day her relatives even tried to burn her mother alive, her father preferred leaving the property and just ran away to save his family.

They started afresh. In order to realize her mother’s dreams of a three BHK house, Guneet would both study and work. At the age of 16, she began to earn doing random jobs such as selling cheese on streets or working as an announcer, anchor or DJ.

She saved enough to buy the dream house. However, who knows what’s in store, her parents died within six months of each other before they could move into the house. After their death, she sold her house and moved to Bombay for work.


She put her heart and soul in her career and ventured in 2007 with her movie Say Salaam India. From then to now there is no looking back. Before Oscar 2019, she was also one of the fifty artists from the Entertainment Industry to be featured in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report 2018

In The End

The memories of her parents are fresh in her heart and she lives with an unshakable spirit. Guneet lives for the present making every day an ideal day.  She is an inspiration for many. We salute your indomitable spirit and wish you best for your future endeavor.

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