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Priyanka Chopra, 34, is a singer-actress who has appeared in more than 50 Indian films. She stars on ABC’s “Quantico” and in the new action-comedy film “Baywatch.” She spoke with Marc Myers.

Hospitals still make me queasy. When I was growing up in India in the 1980s, both of my parents were doctors. After school, I’d play at the hospital with the nurses until my mother finished working. The smell of formaldehyde was overpowering and the sight of blood made me lightheaded. Med school was out.

My parents were overachievers, to say the least. My father, Ashok, was a general surgeon and, in his spare time, a musician and artist. My mother, Madhu, is a gynecologist and an ear, nose and throat doctor who studied Indian classical dance and was a licensed pilot.

Surprisingly, my parents never placed those demands on my younger brother, Siddharth, or me. Instead, they were supportive of whatever we wanted to do. They just wanted us to be happy.

My parents were in the Indian Army, so we relocated to different bases every two years. When I was 5, being uprooted was hard. To help ease the anxiety, my father turned the moves into a game.

He told me that moving would give me a chance to reinvent myself. When we moved, he said, there would be new people who didn’t know me, and I could start over. Positioned that way, moving sounded intriguing, and it worked.

The town I remember most growing up was Bareilly, about five hours east of New Delhi. I was in the fifth grade, and we lived in an army barracks that housed four families. I was what you’d call a tomboy. I ran around with the boys and climbed things in search of adventure.

My mother was often busy at work with her patients and only cooked on special occasions. The rest of the time we had a really good cook. Despite my parents’ schedules, we usually managed to eat one meal together every day as a family.

My brother and I had a nanny. But no matter where we lived, my grandmother, Mary John Akhouri, swooped in to look after us for a time.

When I turned 14, I spent the summer of 1996 visiting my mother’s sister and my three cousins in Queens, N.Y. My father had always insisted I follow my heart, so I asked my aunt if I could stay and go to school there. America was so exciting.

We spoke with my parents and they agreed. For six months, I went to Robert F. Kennedy High School in Flushing, Queens. Then my aunt changed jobs and moved us to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

We lived in a four-bedroom apartment in a complex. It was one of the best experiences. We were the only Indian family in the area, but our neighbors were so warm and kind.

After 10th grade, I moved to my uncle’s house in Newton, Mass. Like most teenage girls, I had major self-esteem issues. I was skinny and gawky, and a girl in school constantly bullied me, calling me “curry.” There was no getting her to stop. At the end of 11th grade, I decided to return to India to finish high school. By then, I was all grown up and had discovered mascara and lipstick, which came as a shock to my brother and father. My mother was a different story.

At 17, I had photos taken for a college-scholarship application. The photographer said I was pretty and asked if he could take modeling photos. Unknown to me, my mom sent the photos to the Miss India Beauty Pageant.

To everyone’s surprise, I won. My dad wasn’t happy. Boys started coming around. One even tried to come down through the roof.

I automatically was entered in Miss World, and I won that pageant, too. Immediately after, I was offered Indian film roles.

Initially, I had to balance film work with my aeronautical engineering studies at the university. But as acting demands grew over the next two years, I had to make a decision.

I turned to my dad. He said, “Look, if you love to act, see how it goes. You don’t want to wake up one day and have a what-if moment. If it doesn’t work out, you can always return to school.”

So I left college and was in more than 50 films in India between 2003 and 2016. I learned to act by studying more experienced actors on the set and in films.

In 2010, I met my U.S. manager, Anjula Acharia, and signed a global recording deal with Universal. Five years later, I signed with ABC, eventually auditioning for “Quantico” and getting a lead role.

Today, I have homes in New York and in Mumbai, where I moved into my own place after my father died in 2013. In New York, I live in a duplex apartment on the Upper East Side. I love watching old American and Indian movies in my screening room.

My mom and I talk all the time by phone and FaceTime when I’m in the States. If she hears me sneeze, she’s on the next flight to New York.

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Priyanka Chopra, a Bollywood icon, currently making waves across the globe for her role in ABC’s hit series Quantico, will be in Mississauga, Sunday, Nov. 20 for the international release of the trailer for her upcoming Punjabi film, Sarvann.

The media event, hosted by International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA) and Punjabi International Film Festival (PIFF) Toronto, will take place at Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Rd., at 11:30 a.m.

The event is not open to the public.

Chopra, one of Bollywood’s top actor marks her debut in the Punjabi film industry with Sarvann. Her co-stars in the film, Amrinder Gill and Simi Chahal are also expected to be at the release of the trailer.

The film – set to be released in December – has been co-produced by Deepshikha Deshmukh and Dr. Madhu Chopra, Priyanka’s mother. Vashu Bhagnani is the producer.

Sarvann
is a coming-of-age story of a young Canadian (Gill) who returns to India to connect with his roots. The man discovers his identity through his life-changing journey home. The film is set in Canada and Chandigarh. Sarvann
has Chahal as the female lead.

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She became a global star when she made her debut in the American TV series, Quantico, last year. In an email interview, actor Priyanka Chopra, who is currently working on the second season of the show, says she is proud to represent Indian talent in the West.

“I would like to believe that I have cleared many misconceptions when it comes to Indian films and its actors. I believe in our talent and I’ve just opened the world’s eyes to what we have to offer,” says the 34-year-old.

“I’ve made a special effort to educate everyone I meet about our film industry and the amazing writers, directors, technicians and actors we have. It’s great to be able to take us out of the box, we’ve been in for a while now. We changed, evolved, grew and it’s time the world sees that,” she adds.

Ever since Priyanka made her debut in the American television series, her career has been on an upward slope. She is now gearing up for her Hollywood debut with Baywatch, which will see her alongside Hollywood superstars Dwayne and Johnson and Zac Efron.

Speaking about the journey in Hollywood, the former Miss World says she is thankful for being able to connect with a global audience through her work. “For me this journey has been incredibly gratifying. I’m also excited about the connect I’ve been able to make with new audiences and the fact that they see me as an actor first before anything else. That, in my mind, is a true measure of success,” she says.

A proud representative of the Indian film industry, PeeCee says that she’s happy that Indian talent is finally being appreciated. Ask her if she thinks she has set a benchmark, and she says,
“I don’t see it as a benchmark. This is my chosen path. The one I was most comfortable with. There have been many challenges and today I can look back in pride with what has been achieved. It would be great to see more Indian talent in the west,” she says.

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Cross-continent travel and juggling Hollywood and Bollywood assignments are part and parcel of Priyanka Chopra’s life. But, the actress won’t stop at just that. She, along with mother Dr Madhu Chopra, dived into the regional film world with a Bhojpuri production, ‘Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi’, which released last June.

Next up under their banner, Purple Pebbles Pictures, is Marathi film ‘Ventilator’ that releases a fortnight later, while a Punjabi film is already on floors. The Chopra mother-daughter duo is also eyeing the Rajasthani and Chattisgarhi film industry keenly.

Sr Chopra says it is a conscious decision on their part to venture into regional cinema. “Priyanka is someone who follows the road less taken, doing unconventional stuff. We have a lot of good content and stories, which go untold as there are not many producers willing to put their money [on regional films]. Our aim is to back such projects and give them a global platform,” says Madhu, revealing that they plan to venture into mainstream Hindi films next year.

Despite a busy schedule in the West, Priyanka is a hands-on producer, insists Madhu. “Priyanka holds the remote control. We chat every day and I keep her up to date on all projects. She guides us on how to go about things. Without her approval, nothing moves here, so much so that she takes the final call on what should be written on invitation cards,” she says.

Talking about her role in the production company, she adds, “I look at the back-end work. Once she takes a decision, I look into the execution part of it.”

Quiz her if she would like to see her daughter get married sooner rather than later, and Madhu says, “Earlier, I used to talk to her about marriage, but I have stopped now. She is mature enough to take a decision herself.”

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Indian actress Priyanka Chopra says she loves to shoot in New York, adding the energy of the city is amazing.

The actress is busy shooting for the second season of American TV show “Quantico” here. She also thanked city Mayor Bill de Blasio for helping the team of the show shoot in the US city.

“First and foremost, I want to thank the mayor and his office for helping bring this show to New York, we know about your contribution and are really grateful,” Priyanka said in a statement.

The “Bajirao Mastani” actress added: “Second of all, it’s New York city, it’s the center of the universe and for me, you know what is best about it is that I can fly back to India on a direct flight. So I love shooting in this city, the energy is amazing, I have a beautiful house on the east side, Thank you Mayor.”

Priyanka, who was seen essaying an FBI agent named Alex Parrish in the first season of the American drama series, is now portraying a CIA agent in its second season, which airs in India on Star World and Star World HD.

The actress expressed her views in an interview – conducted by YouTuber Mandy T.T. Carr – at the Paley Fest held earlier this week.

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After producing regional films, Priyanka Chopra has now ventured into the short filmmaking territory. The actress’ banner, Purple Pebble Pictures, recently wrapped up shooting of a seven-minute film, ‘Ek Khoobsoorat Ittefaq’, starring television actors. This is said to be first in a series of short films for the digital medium.

Says an insider, “Those associated with the project have been asked to keep mum. The film revolves around a boy and a girl who meet at a party and the coincidences that follow on a single night.”

Directed by Manav Bhinder, the film stars Shashank Vyas (‘Balika Vadhu’) and Adaa Khan (‘Naagin’), who are buddies. Bhinder earlier directed the short film, ‘Ankahin Baatein’, featuring Manish Raisinghan and Avika Gor.

Since Priyanka is busy with ‘Quantico’, the star’s mother (Madhu) and maasi (Neela Akhuri) are supervising the project. When we got in touch with Akhuri, she expressed surprise at the project details being available with us. “We do not want to talk about the short film at this stage. We have plans lined up for the web and we will talk about it at the right time,” she said.

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On the Quantico set in Queens, New York, there are a few of those director chairs — the ones with the characters’ names. In front of one for Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) and next to one for Owen Hall (Blair Underwood) there’s a chair for Dayana Mampasi, the seat Pearl Thusi took up when she landed the role of the driven lawyer in the second season of the hit FBI drama.

In joining the cast of a major United States TV series, the South African actress is pulling up to the mainstream entertainment industry.

Thusi has been in New York City for three months, filming the show. “I miss my daughter, I miss my friends, I miss the little luxuries of life that I’m used to back home,” she says, sitting inside Silver Cup Studios, where Sex and the City and The Sopranos were filmed, and where HBO’s Girls still shoots.

She may rattle off the things she misses about not being in Jo’burg, but Thusi is more than thrilled to be in NYC, a place she came to a year and a half ago to interview Mariah Carey while working as a TV presenter and didn’t want to leave.

“The energy, the vibrancy,” she says. “I constantly have the song Empire State of Mind playing in my head,” she enthuses.

Being here is an opportunity she’s not taking lightly. “I know that not only actors in South Africa, but actors around the world, including America, would kill for this, so I’m very blessed,” she says.

Landing a role on a primetime show on a network station in the US is a coveted gig. That the show airs in more than 200 territories and is dubbed into 56 languages makes it even more so.

Thusi’s character, Dayana, is a Zimbabwean lawyer who graduated top of her class at Harvard and worked at a nongovernmental organisation for two years before joining her parents’ Boston firm. Although she seems to have it all, Dayana struggles to fit in.

“To pretend I’ve been recruited by the CIA — as a South African I never thought I’d be in that type of story,” exclaims Thusi.

The first episode offered only a tiny hint of what’s to come for her character. Dayana is one of a handful of new roles in the second season of Quantico, adding more diversity to what was already quite an inclusive cast, led by India’s Priyanka Chopra. Born in Mumbai, the former Miss World says she and Thusi have bonded over Indian movies, many of which were shot in South Africa.

“Pearl knew so much about my movies and my work, especially since she grew up in Durban. I’ve made many movies there, and in Jo’burg and Cape Town, too,” says Chopra.

Aside from discussing the meanings behind Bollywood songs from Thusi’s childhood in KwaNdengezi in KwaZulu-Natal, the two have “spent evenings talking about what it’s like to be two girls coming from completely different countries living in America”, says Chopra.

Thusi adds: “She’s in the same situation as I am, obviously on different scales, but the principle of it is quite similar.”

It’s an experience not lost on the show’s other actresses: Palestinian-Egyptian Yasmine al Massri, who plays twins Nimah and Raina Amin, and British-Nigerian Tracy Ifeachor, who’s come on board as Lydia Bates.

Thusi says she hasn’t experienced this kind of diversity on a set before. Having been in a number of German and US productions in South Africa, she says there were usually two or three nationalities on set.

“So to be working with a Mexican-American, two British, one British-Nigerian and then there’s Jake [McLaughlin] from one part of America and then you have someone else from another part of America — that concoction is very exciting to me. I’m learning so much.”

And they’re learning from her: “There’s this intense sense of pride, I need to represent not just the country, but the whole continent right now. I spoke to Josh [Safran, the director and creator] and said, ‘This isn’t just another job for me.’ This is me saying, ‘This is what’s available in my country and my continent, and I have to do well enough here to make sure that they’re given confidence in creating opportunities for others too, because the value I provide here is the type of value people will think is in Africa.

“And then to have all these ethnicities here and me to be a part of just one big part of that is a really big responsibility that I don’t take lightly.”

Massri, who plays twin veiled Muslim sisters, echoes this. “I get one shot to show two women from this part of the world, a world [North] Americans usually only see in one way. If we thought we were the United Nations of TV shows in the first season, we’re even more so now. I’m not the only one who has an accent on the show.”

She says it’s part of a greater change. “Maybe we are the beginning of a revolution that will inspire a real change in the American way of writing and narrating a story.”

If it’s a revolution in seeing and accepting that is taking place, Chopra leads by example, through the responsibility she’s taken on as a lead. “Before this, people saw me as an Indian film actor, now they see me as a global film actor.

“But I think the bigger picture is that it’s given representation to Indian people and people from Southeast Asia and minorities on a greater scale. To say that we can play lead parts on a major network, which is mainstream TV or films, and be able to pull it off. Global entertainment needs to be represented like that, because if you look around you don’t see people who look and speak like you or have the same ethnicity.”

Chopra says the background of the cast has influenced the show’s stories. “They incorporate all our cultures. It started with me initially. Alex was not supposed to be Indian, she was meant to be American, and then I was cast and they started using my ethnicity, from my own bracelet to the fact that Alex has a little prayer shrine in her house, and went backpacking in India and Pakistan.

“They’ve taken my ethnicity and added the story, even with Yasmine and her story and the situation in Israel and Palestine. They take everyone’s stories and make them a part of their characters, and this makes them holistic.”

It’s this approach that’s part of the show’s success.

It also makes the show timely and necessary, in light of the much-needed introspection the industry has been undergoing.

“That’s the point,” says Chopra. “Entertainment should be about the best person for the job. Characters should be written not for what people look like, but for who they are.”

As she puts it, her background shouldn’t be a crutch. “It can be an asset,” she says. “Like Pearl being from South Africa. It’s an asset, her accent and what she brings to it. But her story is not defined by it. And that’s where entertainment needs to go, especially in this time where we’re debating casting people of colour.

“So to even the playing field, if you’re great for the part you should be cast for it.”

It goes even further, as Massri sees it. “We’re validating the humanity of the character,” she says. “We’re telling the world, ‘Here is Pearl, she’s from South Africa, here is Priyanka, from India.’ We’re bringing people from all around the world and representing their culture, where they come from.”

The way she and the cast see it, no other TV show has done what Quantico is doing, and it’s paving the way for others to follow suit.

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The American dream means different things to different people: equality, opportunity, freedom. But for a teenage Priyanka Chopra, it meant not having to wear a school uniform.

“That was the main reason I wanted to come here,” the actress (who was born in Jharkhand, India) tells Alexa, only half-jokingly. Her mother, Madhu, and father, Ashok — both doctors in the Indian army — agreed to send her to live with relatives in the US when she was 13. She hopped between Iowa, Massachusetts and Flushing, Queens, where her grades at Robert F. Kennedy High School were always impeccable.

But Chopra, who stars in the ABC series “Quantico,” also took advantage of the time away from her conservative parents to advance her non-academic interests.

“My locker was filled with shoes and clothes and makeup,” she recalls. “I didn’t need books so much because I was a smart kid. So I would leave for school wearing loose shirts, and change [into something more risqué] when I got to school. I used to turn into a little hottie!”

As Chopra, 34, breezes from elegant dress to elegant dress for our Alexa photo shoot in Chelsea, it’s clear she’s grown from high-school “hottie” to modern-day style icon, headlining Bollywood spectaculars and Hollywood red carpets.

Indeed, all that early fashion practice proved prescient. When she returned to India after high school, her mother secretly entered her in the Miss India World pageant in 2000 — without asking her. But the 18-year-old novice managed to beat the veteran contestants, winning the crown and going on to snag the entire Miss World title later that year.

That double win launched Chopra’s stellar Bollywood career, where she starred in dozens of films, earning critical praise as well as commercial success. Among her most prominent works was 2015’s epic romance “Bajirao Mastani,” which took in around $53 million, making it one of the most lucrative Bollywood movies of all time.

But it’s with the spy thriller “Quantico” (which is syndicated in more than 200 countries and territories) that her name has finally become a global brand. The show spotlights a group of FBI trainees with Chopra at the center, playing the wily and dynamic Alex Parrish. It’s one of the first mainstream American TV characters to be portrayed by an Indian-born actor, and Chopra was careful to insist that her character be depicted without offensive stereotypes.

“I still come across the conception of Bollywood films as full of singing, dancing jokers, and that we break out into random music sequences,” she says, laughing. “I even get people asking me how I speak such good English. I might do a mental eye-roll, but instead of getting angry, I take a breath and try to educate whoever wants to learn about where I come from. I used to have a friend at school who changed his name from Varun to Warren because he said people couldn’t pronounce it. I remember telling him, ‘Teach them!’

Soon there will be many more opportunities to soak up her lessons. Season 2 of “Quantico” kicks off on Sept. 25; in December, Chopra will serve as a guest judge on “Project Runway,” alongside Heidi Klum, Zac Posen and Nina Garcia.

“It was so hard for me to do the elimination part,” Chopra admits. “I really felt for these contestants. I’m a guest judge, so thankfully I don’t have to be mean! I’ve been through contests that have involved elimination. I won both [Miss India and Miss World], but the pressure and stress was so much that I still have some kind of PTSD from it. I’m not sure I could ever do it again.”

Chopra has also wrapped filming on next year’s “Baywatch” movie, in which she plays villain Victoria Leeds — a part originally intended for a male actor. “I think people in America thought of that show as cheesy, but I watched it all the time with my mom in India,” she recalls. “It was massive there. In my head, I still run in slow-motion like they do!”

These days, she splits her time between New York and India, where her mother and younger brother, a nightlife impresario, still live. Family is clearly important to Chopra: One of the few times her fizzing personality begins to crack is when she talks about her late father. “He was my biggest champion and my mentor,” she says. Chopra wears her love for Ashok on her sleeve — quite literally. The prominent tattoo on her right hand reads “Daddy’s lil girl.”

In 2005 he was diagnosed with cancer, and despite eight years of treatment, he passed away in 2013. Even now, Chopra frequently refers to him in the present tense. After correcting herself, her tone changes noticeably. “I kept asking myself, ‘What more could I have done — what did I miss? Could I have found a different treatment?’ It was the time in my life that I felt failure the most.

The idea that Chopra’s father is missing out on seeing his daughter achieve success all over the world is something that clearly saddens her. “It was never a plan of mine to go to a whole new country at the age of 33, and start a new career,” she adds. “Maybe he’s orchestrating it from somewhere. I’d like to believe that.”

It takes just a short while in her company to understand why much of the world is suddenly so enamored of Chopra. Her confidence is palpable, her voice and stride purposeful. But she has a playful side, too. She shifts seamlessly from thoughtfully answering questions to enthusiastically rapping along to the ’90s hip-hop blasting on set at the photo shoot. “That’s all I listened to when I was a kid,” she says. “I love Biggie, but I had a big crush on Tupac as a teenager. I thought he was a modern-day poet the voice of our generation.”

It’s not necessarily a surprise to witness her aptitude for music. In 2011, she signed a record deal with Interscope. But after a minor club hit with the Pitbull collaboration “Exotic” in 2013, her album ended up getting shelved, partly because of her other numerous projects. “Sometimes I still put it on when I’m drinking wine with my friends,” she says. “I’d love to do music again, but just don’t have the time to really focus on it — and you need that.

At the photo studio, she changes outfits with the cool efficiency of a quick-change artist. It’s an approach that reflects her overall fashion philosophy. “I like brands like Brandon Maxwell and Alexander Wang. They’re chic within themselves, they’re edgy, and they’re not a huge effort. I don’t like effort within my clothes. Most of the time, I’m a jeans-and-snazzy-heels kind of girl. It’s a quick tip for working girls who don’t have the time.”

If there’s a downside to being such a busy and successful star, it’s the heightened scrutiny on her personal life — something Chopra has always refused to discuss. “In India, they don’t directly ask you who you’re dating,” she explains. “But in America they’ll just say, ‘Who’s your boyfriend?’ ”

As any A-lister will tell you, keeping secrets in the age of cellphones and social media is nearly impossible — but Chopra has an answer for that, too. “In Season 2 of ‘Quantico,’ Alex is working for the CIA . . . so I know how to hide!”

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Now its time when celebrities around the world finally are getting prepared for releasing 1-minute video appeals to their millions of fans around the world, asking everyone to denounce Islamist militancy, jihad, anti-Semitism, religious hatred and killing of innocent people in the name of jihad. The celebrities will start releasing these appeals through social media such as Facebook, twitter, Youtube etc. Video clips would also run on various TV channels in the world.

From India, those who are going to participate in this extremely important effort in creating global voice against militancy are Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Paoli Dam, Sunny Leone, Shabana Azmi, Jacqueline, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, and others.

There also is possibility that Leonardo Dicaprio, kirsten Dunst, Judi Dench, Madonna, Shakira, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Brian De Palma, and many more world celebrities may also participate in this noble effort.

We especially are counting on efforts from Leonardo Dicaprio, who has devoted an immense amount of time into promoting environmental conservation. The Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation has donated millions to preserve wildlife, and safeguard habitats such as oceans, rainforests and Antarctica.

Being the only anti-jihadist newspaper in the Muslim world, Weekly Blitz has been confronting anti-Semitism, culture of hatred, killing of innocent people in the name of jihad or Islam. We had earlier made appeal to the celebrities in the world to speak-out against militancy and issue their appeal to fans through short video messages.

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Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra, filmmaker Shobha Kapoor and choreographer Saroj Khan have been honoured with the women achievers awards for their accomplishments in chosen fields.

The awards, popularly known as “Fempowerment Women Achievers”, have been instituted by Molecule Communications in association with Zee TV. They were presented recently.

Other women achievers to be honoured with the awards in various categories included Hetal Dave (sports), Shikha Sharma (corporate), Shaili Chopra (journalism), Gitanjali Babar (education), Priti Shroff (health and wellness), Shanoo Sharma (entertainment creative), Arohi Singh (fine arts), Anisha Singh (young entrepreneur) and S Prassanashree (literature), a release said here today.

Chhaya Momaya, Deepika Narayan Bhardwaj, Karuna Waghmare, Sapna Moti Bhavnani and Sathya Saran received special recognition awards in different categories. Sabu George was honoured with special award in a category of ‘recognition to a man by women’.

The jury consisted of Ridham Desai, MD, Morgan Stanley India, Subhash Ghai, film maker, Mrunalini Deshmukh, senior lawyer, Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Business World, Adil Malia, Global Head For Leadership, Learning & People Management, Essar Group) and Bhawana Somaaya, critic columnist and athor.

Kiren Shrivastav, Founder of Fempowerment Awards & CEO of Molecule Communications, said, I believe men and women are not equal, they are different. Hence, ours is the only awards that have a special recognition to a man by women.”

Elated by the honour, Saroj Khan said, “It is always great to get acknowledged through awards and this one is more special because it is women achievers award.

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