Accolades started pouring in for Manushi Chhillar after winning the Miss World 2017 crown. She becomes the sixth Indian to win the coveted title after a gap of 17 years. Priyanka Chopra had won the prestigious title in the year 2000. Manushi hails from Haryana a state which has the worst male-female ratio in the country. Netizens took to social networking sites to congratulate Manushi for her achievement. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Hayden in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000. Last year’s Miss World winner Stephanie Del Valle from Peurto Rico presented the crown to Chhillar at an event held at a resort in the coastal city of Sanya.
AV spoke to celebrities to know their opinion about Manushi’s achievement, Indian winning a title after long gap of 17 years and winners making a foray into Bollywood after winning the title. Here is what they had to say about it:
Sandip Soparrkar, Bollywood choreographer said, “Girls representing India at Miss World contest must be ambitious to win the title. Manushi has given an outstanding answer that nobody is bigger than mother in this world. Some girls are doing social work after winning the pageant. Girls join Bollywood as they are paid higher remuneration. Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen had worked with NGOs doing social work.”
Kishori Shahane, actress said, “The Miss World contest is planned taking into consideration the commercial aspects. Many girls who had participated in the Miss World contest after Priyanka Chopra were better even though they didn’t win the title. Girls should give their frank opinions to judges instead of speaking about unrealistic objectives that are difficult to fulfil. I don’t need to become Miss India, Miss World for doing charity work.”
Guru Singh, model and actor said, “Most of the girls participate in Miss World contest to gain popularity and some of them are self-obsessed. Why can’t they become highest tax payers? Girls have to work hard to win the pageant. They have to learn several languages and etiquettes. Many corporates are associated with the Miss World organisers. Indian ayurvedic companies must have a tie-up with them to promote domestic brands.”
Sai Tamhankar actress said, “I am pleased that Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World title after 17 years. We should appreciate her efforts and it is a positive sign for India.”
Sameer Gupta a fashion designer said, “Since last few years there has been a huge demand for Ayurveda products in the country and across the world. Manushi winning Miss World pageant has come at a time when Patanjali Ayurveda products are gaining popularity in the country. The firm is already challenging renowned multi-national companies. Even the Moody’s have upgraded India’s rating and endorsed Modi’s reform policy. Thus Manushi’s victory will give a boost to Ayurveda products in the country.”
“Well! The reply she has given for the question “which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why”, itself is sufficient to make her eligible for the Miss World title and all Indians should be proud of her, not only for her being crowned Miss World but also that she is a true Indian to the core. May God bless her,” says our reader and doctor Manasvi.
“Beauty and Brains goes hand in hand and dwell with it on the best way forward. Do good for the people who deserves it all over, not only India,” said Yukta Mookhey.
“Beauty and brains, Manushi has them all as she won the coveted title amidst tough competition to prove her supremacy. Her title is a victory for the weaker sex in our country which should make every girl child proud. The government should honour her for this great achievement by making her the ‘face’ of the ‘save the girl child’ campaign. Every Indian today is proud of your achievement Manushi Chhillar and wishing you great success in the dream journey which awaits you after winning the pageant,” said contributor S.N. Kabra.
According to Chhillar’s profile on the Miss World website, her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences. She aspires to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.