Shark Tank India’s Namita Thapar says she didn’t have to “get anyone’s permission” to spend crores: “I bullied the men and made my own decisions.”

Shark Tank India Namita Thapar, in an interview with writer Chetan Bhagat on his YouTube channel, spoke about the importance of providing young women with role models to look up to beyond social media influencers. She thanked the show for the opportunity to present herself as an independent woman who could make important decisions and go toe-to-toe with the men.

Namita admitted she was trolled after appearing on the show, but said she’s developed such thick skin that even her “dad or mom or husband” doesn’t affect her anymore. Namita previously revealed she spent Rs 10 crore on the show.

When Chetan pointed out that young women don’t often see female role models to look up to, Namita said, “You know what’s so beautiful about Shark Tank? For most of the episodes I sat with four guys and they saw that I didn’t need anyone’s permission to invest my crores; that I didn’t have to ask anyone. I was shoulder to shoulder with men, making my own decisions about crores, making my own decisions, asking the right questions, being perceptive yet comfortable with being glamorous.”

Namita added, “I think it was very refreshing for people to see that. I bullied the men and made life difficult for them. I’ve spoken up a lot; we had our pow wows. And I think you’ve seen a woman making financial decisions without consulting anyone, getting comfortable looking glamorous, speaking up, and arguing with men when necessary. And that’s a very powerful image. And thanks to Shark Tank for giving me this picture.”

The first season of Shark Tank India was a runaway hit on television and subsequently streaming. It not only made Namita a household name, but also her fellow sharks Anupam Mittal, Peyush Bansal, Vineeta Singh, Ghazal Alagh, Aman Gupta and Ashneer Grover. A second season is in the works.

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