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Beauties line up for `Mrs India World' contest

The judges for the Mrs. India World Contest, (from left) Nayonika Chatterjee, Aditi Gowitrikar and Prita, in New Delhi.

The judges for the Mrs. India World Contest, (from left) Nayonika Chatterjee, Aditi Gowitrikar and Prita, in New Delhi.  

BUOYED BY the success of Aditi Gowitrikar at the "Mrs. World" beauty pageant in 2001 and her subsequent entry into Bollywood, many young married women from the Capital and adjoining cities turned up for the audition round of "Mrs. India World" at L-Bar near Qutub Minar in Delhi this past week-end.

Organised by the Sahara group, the event offers a platform to married women to make their country proud at the international "Mrs. World" pageant where married women from 38 countries would be competing for the prestigious title at the Amby Valley Lake City in Maharashtra in February.

Aditi -- who is also one of the judges for the forthcoming "Mrs. India World" contest -- said her life has undergone a sea change both professionally and personally after winning the "Mrs. World" title at Las Vegas in the United States. "I feel this is one event that fulfils the quest for the total woman, resplendent in her beauty, intelligence, sensitivity, feminity, determination and resourcefulness," says Aditi.

A doctor by profession, Aditi feels that because she bagged the "Mrs. World" title many doctors also turned up for the audition round in the Capital. Also, she claims that the contest gives her a platform where she gets to interact with women from different backgrounds.

Former ramp model Nayonika Chatterjee, who is also one of the judges, says: "This title dispels the myth that married women cannot enter the glamorous modelling world, which eventually paves the way for films. In these rounds we were focusing on personality of the contestants. Grooming for catwalk and make-up can be done later".

Seema Neelabh Pande -- a veterinarian who works for the Uttar Pradesh Government in Lucknow -- may be a 40-year-old and dusky complexioned, but that did not prevent her from turning up in traditional full-length saris laced with embellishments for the audition.

"I believe in rawness of natural beauty. Anyone can look good after going to a processing laboratory. I want to win the Mrs. World title because I want to speak on behalf of the voiceless Indian women and also the abandoned street animals."

With 10 years of experience in the Ministry of Human Resource and Family Welfare, she feels she has the confidence to emerge triumphant.

Lally Saini, who hails from Navashehr in Punjab and is the mother of two little kids, says that she was surfing channels when she came across the advertisement. Asked why the judges should pass her, pat comes the reply: "I am natural and clean-hearted.''

Lally, who runs a small boutique, keeps herself fit by walking on the treadmill and taking brisk walks.

A model from Sydney, Sandeepa Mehandiratta, feels that she has the basic confidence and skills to win the "Mrs World'' title. "Basically I am from Punjab and am enamoured of Bollywood,'' she reveals, adding that winning the title would give her a foothold in tinsel town.

By Madhur Tankha

Photo: Anu Pushkarna

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