The 50th Ponds Femina Miss India 2013 was a glitzy affair
It was a lavish, star-struck event. The 2013 Miss India pageant concluded on March 24 amid glamor and gilt at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai with the gorgeous 20-year-old Navneet Kaur Dhillon, being crowned the 50th Ponds Femina Miss India 2013. She will now represent India at the Miss Universe contest. The beautiful media student from Patiala, Navneet was also the winner of the Femina Miss Glowing skin award. Sobhita Dhulipala from Vishakhapatnam was crowned Miss India Earth 2013 and Lucknow girl Zoya Afroz won Miss India International 2013. The three lissome lasses were selected from 23 finalists after a country-wide contest with smaller events held around the country in the lead up to this ceremony.
Golden 50th celebrations
It was a golden evening; 50 being the golden anniversary of the pageant with the shimmering color theme pervading the entire event from the central theme to the intricate detailing on the contestant’s gowns. It was a beautifully stylish affair, a splendorous ceremony where the cream of Bollywood interacted with and entertained the prettiest and sexiest girls in India. Super-talented and comely Priyanka Chopra—a former Miss India herself—danced to her hit number Desi Girls from Dostana. She advised the three winners to cherish their crowns forever. “It stays with you forever, changing you from what you could have been to who you are going to be.”
The return of Aishwarya
Meanwhile, the drop-dead gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan—another former Miss India—returned to the stage after three years to groove to the song Uri Uri that was choreographed by Shiamak Davar. Dressed in a striking sparkly outfit, Ash was accompanied on stage by dancers from Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe.
And more from Bollywood
Bollywood was out in full force to support the spectacular show. Actors Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani had the audience in splits with a rib tickling act before grooving to the title songs from soon to be released Masti and Grand Masti to thunderous applause while singer Sonu Nigam soothed with sweet ballads. Leading lights like designer Ritu Kumar, cricketer Yuvraj Singh, choreographer Shiamak Davar, actors Chitrangda Singh, Asin and John Abraham, and film director Karan Johar judged the show. The host for the evening was Manish Paul. The contestants too grooved to the foot-tapping Radha Teri Chunri number dressed in ethnic Bharatnatyam outfits or ghagra cholis.
The winning question
The winning question that won Navneet the coveted crown came from John Abraham. He asked her, “If there were no rules in your life for one day, and you could be outrageous what would you do?” Her reply was poised and individualistic, just what you’d expect from the most beautiful girl in the country. “I would ride a horse in the busiest streets and go on the tallest building and scream that this world is so beautiful, so live it to the fullest.”
The latest Miss India contest marked a double milestone. While it the 50th pageant, it also commemorated 100 years of cinema in India. To commemorate this special event the organizers went out of their way to make it as pan Indian as they possibly could, selecting girls from every part of this diverse country. The auditions were held in Pune, Goa, Indore, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Delhi. The ten semi-finalists were Anukriti Gusain, Apurva Lonkar, Gail Nicole Da Silva, Navneet Kaur Dhillon, Sagarika Chhetri, Sobhita Dhulipala, Srishti Rana, Swati Kain, Vijaya Sharma and Zoya Afroz. Sobhita was crowned Femina Miss Itimes Digital Diva by Karan Johar and received a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh.
Indian beauties all
In the last 50 years, India has won 34 international titles, second only to Venezuela. In fact anchor Manish Paul opened the event with an audio visual that took the audience down memory lane as it traced the contest’s golden years, starting with the earliest winners, Nutan, Zeenat and the late Persis Khambatta to Aishwarya, Sushmita Sen and Priyanka.
In keeping with its role as a friend, philosopher and guide to contemporary Indian women through the decades, Bollywood’s leading ladies and female achievers from different walks of life were awarded the L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013. The Tangram trophies were bestowed across 17 categories including science, business, entrepreneurship, sports, television, music and of course films. Some of the awardees included Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Gauri Shinde, Seema Biswas, Pria Kataaria Puri, Sakhsi Tanwar, Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan and Sudha Murthy .
As Tanya Chaitanya, Editor, Femina aremarked, the L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013 have tried to introduce and commemorate the unsung women who make a difference in so many different ways, from art and business to the environment and science and technology. These were women who were worthy of all the accolades they receive, a small recognition of their efforts to make the world a better place.
This is something we knew along. That deep down, all women are a multifaceted, profound mix of beauty, determination and brains.
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