Sania Mirza gives perfect reply to Rajdeep Sardesai’s sexist question

Sania Mirza took TV presenter Rajdeep Sardesai to case when he asked her about 'settling down' and 'having kids'.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 16, 2016 5:37 pm
Sania Mirza, Mirza, Rajdeep Sardesai, Rajdeep, Sania Rajdeep, Sania Sardesai interview, Sania Sardesai interview video, Rajdeep sexist, TV sexist questions, Sania Mirza sexist, tennis news, tennis Sania Mirza had a poignant response for Rajdeep Sardesai after the latter asked a sexist question on air. (Source: AP File photo)

Sania Mirza has the tenacity to be calm on the court and over the years has built up her personality to shut people up when a stray question comes her way. And after wording her career in her autobiography titled ‘Ace Against Odds’, she put words on mainstream media to hit back at TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for a sexist question.

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On air with Sardesai, Mirza was questioned about motherhood and settling down, a question she didn’t take too lightly. The popular anchor in the end acknowledged it wasn’t something he might ask a male athlete. The exchange happened in the following manner.

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, left and Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan pose during the release of Sania's autobiography 'Ace Against Odds' in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The book is co authored by Sania's father Imran Mirza and Journalist Shivani Gupta.(AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) Sania Mirza’s autobiography is co authored by her father Imran Mirza and Journalist Shivani Gupta. (Source: AP)

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Sardesai: Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in any other country? What about motherhood… building a family… I don’t see all that in the book, it seems like you don’t want to retire just yet to settle down.

Mirza: You don’t think I’m settled?

Sardesai: You don’t talk about retirement, about raising a family, about motherhood, what’s life beyond tennis is going to be…

Mirza: You sound disappointed that I’m not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world at this point of time. But I’ll answer your question anyway, that’s the question I face all the time as a woman, that all women have to face — the first is marriage and then it’s motherhood. Unfortunately, that’s when we’re settled, and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don’t become settled. But eventually it will happen, not right now. And when it does happen I’ll be the first one to tell everybody when I plan to do that.

Sardesai: I must apologise, I framed that question very badly. I promise you, you’re right, I would never ask this question to a male athlete…

Mirza: I’m so glad, you’re the first journalist to apologise to me on national television.

Later in the interaction when asked how she’d like to be remembered, Mirza simply and yet smartly said, “(hope my achievements set a precedent that) no girl is asked at the age of 29 as to when she is going to have a child when she’s number one in the world,” before adding, “that’s no settling in.”

Rajdeep understood the subtle jibe and once again apologised for the question.

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    Amathya Rakshash
    Jul 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm
    Btw wonder if the most curious bedroom journalist of the century has ever asked Ms.Ghosh or Ms.Dutt when they are settling down?
    1. रेणु मिश्रा
      Jul 15, 2016 at 5:08 am
      अभी सानिया का इंटरव्यू पढ़ा...अब अगली बार, किसी महिला का इंटरव्यू लेने से पहले राजदीप पूछे जाने वाले सवालों के बारे में दस दफ़ा सोचेंगे। सानिया से सवाल करते वक़्त वह भूल गए थे कि वो आज के समय की एक कामयाब और उन्नत व् नयी सोच वाली स्त्री से बात कर रहे हैं। सानिया...तुमने जिस तरह राजदीप को लाजवाब किया, तुम्हारी सोच को सलाम!! lt;br/gt;बस बात एक अच्छी रही कि राजदीप को अगले ही पल अपनी गलती का एहसास हुआ और उन्होंने सानिया से उस सवाल के लिए माफी मांग ली।
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        Narender Balda
        Jul 16, 2016 at 1:00 am
        Don't try to defend a maron. Husband and wife both are pathetic.
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          Narender Balda
          Jul 15, 2016 at 1:43 am
          Now it is clear who has cl and who don't have a cl. Raj deep third cl
          1. J
            Jul 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm
            Rajdeep has shown once again why he is best...
            1. D
              Jul 15, 2016 at 2:02 am
              I think Rajdeep wanted the other answer about his question that, why she wrote her biography so early. Possibly, he was expecting the answer like Amir Khan view " Because of intolerance India, he is planning to leave the country". Similarly, Rajdeep wanted to know, whether Sania is going to settle down In stan. As per Sharia law she has to move to stan. Once she moves to stan, nobody will read her book.
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                Ganesh Dore
                Jul 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                Stop pestering her about when is she getting a stan pport .If she moves to stan , no need to get all excited. Those who do not want to live in India should leave . No need to return Padma awards.
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                G B
                Jul 15, 2016 at 12:19 am
                Sardesai deserved it. He thinks no end of himself. Kudos to Sania to show the place for such a egocentric fellow in the media
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