Nawazuddin Siddiqui is a successful Bollywood actor, appearing in a string of popular films.
Despite that, his mother, Mehroonisa, is illiterate… and she’s far from alone.
Nearly three-quarters of Indian women over 60 can’t read, according to BBC report.
“When I was growing up we used to stay at home, we were not allowed to leave the house,” Mehroonisa told BBC about her old days.
“The woman who showed courage against all odds in spite of being in a conservative family from a small village – here she is now – My Mother #100MostInfluentialWomenInTheWorld,” the actor wrote on his verified Facebook page in September.