Tanushree - a dream come true
Tanushree Dutta --Photo: K.R. Deepak
The fashion world held its breath and watched, as a confident young woman was singled out and crowned the most beautiful one in the country at the Pond's Femina Miss India 2004 contest held in March. Her charisma, natural beauty and vivacity instantly won everybody's heart.
Twenty-year-old, Tanushree Dutta, who is a native of Jamshedpur, was chalking out her career as a professional stage artiste when she was crowned Miss India. She now hopes to get into films like many of her predecessors.
Tanushree, who was recently in the metro to inaugurate a branch of the National Institute of Fashion Design, could steal some time to have a tete-a-tete with Metro Plus about her journey from an industrial township to the world of glamour and her dreams and goals in life. Here are excerpts:
How has the journey been from a small town girl in Jamshedpur to Miss India?
"It was a dream come true for me. Mumbai has been the hub of all fashion activities. So moving to the city helped me to move towards my goal. I started modelling when I was in college and also did a couple of music videos."
How would you react to branding beauty pageants as sexist?
"There is a section which has been raising objections to beauty contests for many years. But we must realise that this is the very pageant that has brought India global recognition in the world of fashion. As a result, Indian designers are doing well abroad. This is also a step towards development on a different plane."
This year the Laxmi Pandit fiasco rocked beauty pageants. Do you feel that the integrity of beauty pageants has been lost due to the incident?
"It is very sad that such an incident had happened. But beauty contests are being held for the past 40 years in our country. The credibility of beauty pageants remains unchallenged because of such stray incidents."
Is becoming Miss India a sure ticket to tinsel town? Do you have any film offers on hand?
"Once you are a winner in a beauty pageant, Bollywood is no longer a planned thing. It just happens. I have a few offers on hand, which I don't want to disclose now. I am not averse to doing item numbers provided it suits my personality. I am at crossroads now with my arms open and I want to make the best use of every opportunity that I get as Miss India."
Who is your role model in life?
"I learn from different people. I have been watching the Miss India contests since I was a kid. I was very much inspired by Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen. It was then that I seriously started thinking about it, so that I could bring glory to my country."
What kind of a diet schedule were you following when you went for the Miss Universe contest?
"During the contest, I had to stop eating chocolates. I had to give up Chinese food and junk food. I must admit that food was a major sacrifice."
Your advice to the youth?
"I feel that youngsters should be very focussed about their goals. And they should respect their parents because parents are our backbone."
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