Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of industrialist Adi Godrej, was a noted philanthropist and businesswoman. Before her marriage she worked with Air-India as one of the first air-hostesses. After her marriage with Adi Godrej, she got involved in various business activities. Also known for her humanitarian work, she did a lot in combating AIDS in India. Due to charming personality she had long list of friends across various segments of society in India and abroad.
Born in a Sikh family and daughter of an army officer, Parmeshwar was working with Air-India as one of the first air-hostesses when she married Adi Godrej. Parmeshwar was a multifaceted personality and assisted her husband in setting up a series of businesses. She was instrumental in the success of soaps and toiletries business by offering her astute marketing ideas. It was due to her efforts that Cinthol, a relatively small brand compared to the rivals, became a major player in soaps and toiletries segment. A style icon, she was known for hosting memorable get together and parties that included businesspersons, actors and who's who of society. She also designed clothes for Hema Malini on the request of her good friend Feroz Khan for his film Dharmatma (1975). Also a philanthropist she led various campaigns to promote awareness about HIV-Aids. The Heroes Project, launched in 2004 with Hollywood actor Richard Gere and support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative is a glaring example of her concern for the society.
Illness and Death
Suffering from degenerative lung disease, Parmeshwar breathed her last at Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital. She is survived by her husband Adi and three children, daughters Nisa and Tanya Dubash, and son Pirojsha.
Parmeshwar Godrej passed away on 10th October 2016 at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. As the news about her death spread, condolence messages started pouring in from across various sections of society. Eminent personality from business, sports and entertainment industry expressed their grief.
Shah Rukh Khan: Not how she looked, not wot she said but just by being wot she was, my most beautiful friend Parmesh,I will miss ur kisses & ur light. RIP
KABIR BEDI: Deeply saddened by the passing of Parmeshwar Godrej, dear friend from my early days in advertising. I share her family's grief.
Karan Johar: She is LIFE..will never put a "was" with her name..her energy is infectious..her heart is solid and her aura is forever..I love you Parmesh.
Farhan Akhtar: When you wish that some days just didn't happen.. will miss you Parmeshwar. Deepest condolences to the Godrej & Bahl families.
Shekhar Kapur: Few friends would go to the ends of the earth for you in times of need #ParmeshwarGodrej was one of them. RIP. Cherished friendships
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to know about the demise of Parmeshwar Godrej. One of the most gracious & down to earth person i knew. You will be missed.#RIP
Spouse: Adi Godrej
Children: Nisa Godrej
Pirojsha Adi Godrej
(FOLLOWER OF Mrs. PARMESHWAR GODREJ)
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