• Sunday, July 03, 2022


Manushi Chhillar: Miss World truly gave me the freedom to dream

Manushi Chhillar (Photo by AFP via Getty Images)

By: Murtuza Nullwala

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On 18th November 2017, Manushi Chhillar had made India proud by winning the Miss World crown. After 17 years, India had won the title and Manushi surely grabbed all the headlines.

Today, on the third anniversary of being crowned as Miss World, Manushi recollects her journey and how amazing it was for her to see other participants dance on Nagada Sang Shol Baje at the Miss World stage.

Manushi stated, “It was an absolute honour for me to bring back the Miss World crown to India three years back. It was a really proud and humbling moment for me to win it for my country. It is an extremely competitive event and everyone participates to win but I’m glad I made so many friends there.”

“For me, there were many highlights (from the night) but my favourite would be hearing everyone scream India on the final night! I love our tradition and culture and the Miss World platform gave me an opportunity to showcase it to the entire world. It was amazing to see the other participants too dance on my country’s song and throughout our time there, they would request me to play Sanjay Leela Bhansali sir’s Nagada Sang Dhol and try to dance on it. I love that song and wanted to perform on something that being folk, has a hint of the movies because everyone recognises with Bollywood internationally,” she added.

Manushi is all set to make her big-screen debut with YRF’s Prithviraj. In the movie, she will be seen opposite Akshay Kumar and will portray the character of Sanyogita.

She further stated, “I’ve always loved being on stage but more than what happens on stage, it’s about what happens throughout the month that we spend together and those days will always be cherished. I made friends, gave my voice to subjects I felt closely for, participated in events like fundraisers, marathon and celebrated the feeling and spirit of being one world. That month has not only deepened my belief in myself but also changed my life.”

“Three years later, I’m pursuing my passion for the performing arts and exploring acting. I’m fortunate to be a part of a big film as my debut. Miss World truly gave me the freedom to dream and explore myself as a human being and an artiste and I’m fortunate that I’m one of the lucky few who brought my country glory,” Manushi added.

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