Kolkata, 1st November 2023: The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) hosted an exclusive session on entertainment, sports, and women empowerment at its 95th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 31st October 2023 at Taj Bengal, Kolkata. The session encompassed discussions on sports, entertainment, mental health, career journeys, and the importance of women empowerment, with PV Sindhu and Sanya Malhotra sharing their insights and personal experiences, along with Mr. Mehul Mohanka, President, of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Ameya Prabhu, Senior Vice President, Indian Chamber of Commerce.
In recounting her journey, PV Sindhu shared, “I began playing the sport just for fun at the age of 8. I emphasized the significance of making sacrifices to attain one’s objectives and credited my accomplishments to the sacrifices and relentless effort I invested. I expressed my gratitude for the unwavering backing of my parents, particularly my mother. I stressed the need to nurture talent at the grassroots level in sports and appealed to the government to provide support for young athletes. Additionally, I emphasized that I continue to learn and grow in the realm of badminton, underscoring the idea that education is an ongoing process for me.”
Delving into the critical subject of mental health, Sanya Malhotra conveyed her gratitude for therapy, stating, “Therapy has been instrumental in helping me gain a deeper self-understanding. I want to stress the importance of open dialogues about mental health, even in the face of challenges like cost and accessibility.” Reflecting on her journey as an actress, Sanya Malhotra disclosed, “I relocated to Mumbai to chase my dreams and initially grappled with thoughts of giving up. However, my father’s unwavering support kept me persevering. I also shared my profound passion for dancing and commenced my career with minor ad shoots. Additionally, I highlighted my belief in the power of manifestation and how it played a role in shaping my career as an actress. I remain dedicated to portraying characters in films that inspire and empower other women.”