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Chennai's Simran Chandok finished fifth in the Ponds-Femina Miss India Contest. A chat with the wannabe film star

Simran finishing fifth at Ponds-Femina Miss India pageant

She came close to clinching the crown. Sadly, she didn't walk away with it. Yet, making it to the Final Fab Five round at the recently concluded Ponds-Femina Miss India pageant was itself a big thing for Chennai's Simran Chandok.

"Never mind, I am still living my dream," she unwinds, just back from Mumbai. "Imagine making it to the final slot in a contest that attracted 6,000 entries from across the country. I did my best. And `MTV's Most Wanted Title' came as a pleasant surprise. It's going to be fun VJing," she beams, her large eyes depicting a smorgasbord of emotions.

A second year student of Literature, Simran couldn't have asked for more when offers came pouring in soon after her selection at the pageant. And she is busy blazing her star to its fullest brilliance (she was invited to cut the ribbon at a signature store in Hyderabad) "I've been hooked on glamour since childhood. Films are my ultimate goal. But that doesn't mean I'll abandon the ramp. In Chennai though, ramp shows are few and far between unlike in Mumbai where fashion events are a daily happening. And then, there's my studies too... "

Captivating eyes, confident smile and good height (she's 5 ft. 9 inches) may be her strengths on the ramp. But the 19-year-old, who has catwalked for the likes of Rehane, Rocky S and Manish Malhotra, harps on "inner beauty." In fact, one of her answers to the jury at the Miss India finals revolved around the power of beauty from within.

About the month-long exposure to glamour and the grind prior to the Miss India show, Simran chuckles, "Yes... I got to meet interesting people from glowbiz in Mumbai. But as for the training sessions, they were indeed gruelling. We were put on a strict diet. I hadn't seen chocolates for days. And really missed my family and friends."

With Lakshmi Pandit having returned the crown following the controversy over her marital status, where does Simran stand? "I don't think I can comment on that. Much depends on the jury's decision."

Talk about beauty queens playing another role as socio-cultural ambassadors and Simran says, "I don't want to sound clichéd. But the truth is that I am already involved in supporting certain social causes. And I will continue with my work in a silent way." That's not all. Simran also hopes to pen a book in future.

Talk about bombshells turning brainshells!


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