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Pooja Chopra wins Femina Miss India '09
Posted on: 06-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

The Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2009 pagent.

seemed to have hopped onto the Deccan Queen Express, although its route included a significant Delhi detour. The three winners were: PFMI Universe 2009 Ekta Chaudhary from Delhi, PFMI World 2009 Pooja Chopra from Pune and PFMI Earth 2009 Shriya Kishore from Mumbai.

This year, the traditional pecking order of the titles was given a tweak: PFMI Universe and PFMI World shared top honours—both are No. 1—and were followed by PFMI Earth. Aflush with excitement, the UWE trio said they were dying to fall on chocolates and "ghar ka khana" and one said that all she wanted to do was "hug mom".

Easily the most anticipated lookfest of the year, the PFMI finale was held in the open-air setting of the Andheri Sports Complex on Sunday evening. The action played out under a large circular canopy on sets kitted out in a bold geometic pattern. The venue was packed out with only standing room at the back. Without so much as a whiff of breeze by way of relief, the muggy April air probably had even more moisturiser than collectively used by the contestants.

The common question posed to the three finalists was: What was the one thing you would ask God if you met him, and why? All three were earnestness personified in their replies. Chopra, who has been brought up by a single mom, said she would ask why certain children were deprived of the love of a mother. The spunky 23-year-old, with a relish for kickboxing and paragliding, also quoted the much-flogged Mother's Day line that since God couldn't be everywhere, he created mothers. Choudhary, also 23, who has given up a graduate degree in business administration, said she would ask the almighty why, if we had all been created equal, we fought each other in his name. The third girl, Kishore, a 22-year-old from the Mumbai suburb of Kandivli, who is awaiting her hotel management degree, wrestled with the issue of mortality, but in a rather confused way.

The new beauties were crowned by last year's title holders, PFMI World 2008 and Miss World first runner-up Parvathy Omanakuttan, PFMI Universe 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi and PFMI Earth 2008 Tanvi Vyas.

One of this year's finalists was Harshita Saxena from Goa, who was disqualified last year after she won the PFMI Earth crown because of her contractual obligations to a rival show. The re-try proved lucky and Saxena, who was among the last five standing, also walked away with the Agile Femina Miss 10 title.

Keeping the evening flowing with a ready stock of gags and jibes were hosts R Madhavan and the enviably good-looking malakia araro khan. Their digs were mostly aimed at big designer labels, with Madhavan turning Gucci into a desi tongue-twister and co-hosts Swapnil Joshi and Karan Wahi pushing the gag further, making Dolce & Gabbana into "Dhokla & Ganthia".

Everyone was waiting to get an eyeful of the finalists. The 20 young women made an entry in summery Indo-Western couture by Rocky S, and performed to the track Fame. With an average height of 5.8 ft, they easily trounced the national average of 5.3 ft. Later, shod in Citywalk footwear, in a Jai Ho ramp walk choreographed by Marc Robinson, they modelled creations by Pantaloons (designed by Rajesh and Anirban), Arabella (Prasad Bidappa and Varadha Rajan) and Ritu Kumar, with jewellery by Collection G in association with D'damas and the World Gold Council.

Three Bollywood divas burnt up the stage one after another. Genelia D'Souza, in a short silver bell-sleeved dress and matching boots, gaily evoked the disco seventies and eighties with Western-style songs. Then Kangana Ranaut burst into the spotlight in a sunshine-yellow ghagra-choli and danced to Dola re and Barso re. Finally, showstopper Priyanka Chopra in a clingy silver sari pirouetted down the ramp towards the bemused judges to the dhol beat of Desi Girl.

Acknowledgments: The opening acts and the Bollywood acts were choreographed by Shiamak Davar and performed by the Shiamak Davar Institute of Performing Arts. The event is managed by 360 Degrees Experience and the show is scripted and directed by Moranis & Soorma Of Cineyug Entertainment.

The regal gold crowns for the winners were created by the World Gold Council and D'damas and presented by Collection g; crowns designed on a sun-moon-star theme (sun for pride and dignity, moon for exquisiteness and sensuality and star for surprise and dazzle).

Trainers: The finalists were groomed from skin to soul by experts in the field at sessions at Hotelsahara Star. The line-up of experts was as follows: Marc Robinson as fashion director and contestant director, Sabira Merchant for diction, Dr Rekha Sheth for skin care, Dr Apoorva and Sonal Shah forhear care, Alicia Raut as ramp-walk trainer, Dr Dilip Deshpande for smile and dental assistance, Dr Abhijit Desai for makeovers.

Prasad Bidappa was contestant advisor, Zakia Shakir the fashion photographer, Najeeb Ur Rehman chief colour and styling consultant from Schwarzkopf Professional and Vivian D'Silva the senior make up artest from Make up Forever. Sandeep Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa helped as dance advisors, Anjanna Kuthiala conducted courses in art appreciation, Ashley Rebello was fashion stylist for the photoshoot and Prashant Talwalkar looked after health and fitness.

Sponsors: Pantaloons is the title sponsor for PFMI 2009. Nivea Visage, Bajaj Allianz and Collection g in association with D'damas and World Gold Council are associate sponsors. Collection g in association with D'damas and World Gold Council is the crown and jewellery partner. Nivea Visage is the beauty and skincare partner, Talwalkars the fitness partner. Richfeel is hair care partner, Hotel Sahara Star is the hospitality partner while Vogue Eyewear (Luxottica India Eyewear Pvt Ltd) is the eye-wear partner. Evolve is smile,make over and wellness partner, Make Up Forever is make-up partner and Schwarzkopf Professional is hair colour and styling partner. Citywalk is footwear partner and Kohler the co-partner. The gift sponsors are Jashn Sarees, Royal Palms and Remanika. Flowers courtesy Florista, the grand prize from Turkish Airways.

Other associates are Whyte & Mackay as beverage partner, Bright Outdoor as outdoor partner and Indiatimes.com as online partner. Official pageant website: www.feminamissindia.indiatimes.com.

Sony Entertainment Television is telecast partner, Zoom is the reality series partner, Radio Mirchi the radio partner, Times Now the English news partner and Shoot Talent Management the talent partner. Ground transportation partner is Harshaan Travels, stage and wardrobe management by On Cue Productions.

Special thanks to Qua. Thanks also to Clint Fernandes and Make Up Forever and Vivian D'Silva for make-up and hair, to Arabella (Prasad Bidappa and Varadha Rajan) and Ritu Kumar for Malaika's costumes and to Arabella for the costumes for Parvathy Omanakuttan, Simran Kaur Mundi and Tanvi Vyas. Special thanks to Vikram Phadnis and the show's technical directors Nishita Patwardhan and Rajoo Chandiramani from On Cue.

 
 

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