Kalpana Saroj's is a real life story of determination, perseverance, bravery, tenacity and indomitable courage of a lone woman fighter who rose from the lowest strata of life to capture the ivory towers. She is strong, resolute, tough, spirited and at the same time has a tender heart which instantly reaches out to help the needy. No doubt the icon that young ladies look forward to be, she was recently awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Woman Entrepreneurs.
Kalpana was married at the age of 12 and lived in a slum in Mumbai with her husband's family. After suffering physical abuse at the hands of her husband's family members, she was rescued by her father, left her husband and returned to her village to live with her parents. She attempted suicide after being ostracized by the villagers. At the age of 16, she moved back to Mumbai to live with her uncle. She started working in a garment factory to support her family. Using government loans for scheduled caste people, she successfully started a tailoring business and then a furniture store.
Kalpana Saroj started KS Film Production and produced first movie which was dubbed in English, Telugu and Hindi. Khairalnji Movie is produced by Deelip Mhaske, Jyoti Reddy and Mannan Gore under Kalpana Saroj's banner.
She built up a successful real estate business, and came to be known for her contacts and entrepreneurial skills. She was on the board of Kamani Tubes when it went into liquidation in 2001, and after taking over the company, restructured it and brought it back to profit.
According to her own estimates, she has personal assets worth $112 million.