Manushi Chhillar on birthday: I'm excited to see how my life and career shapes up

Updated: May 14, 2020, 15:48 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Manushi Chhillar, who turns 23 today, traces her journey from winning Miss World to gearing up for her debut in Akshay Kumar starrer Prithviraj

Pic courtesy/Manushi Chhillar's Instagram account
Pic courtesy/Manushi Chhillar's Instagram account

Ethereally beautiful Manushi Chhillar is turning 23 today and she is celebrating her birthday in lockdown. The gorgeous girl has had a stellar rise to fame as she won Miss World in 2017 and brought the coveted crown back to India 17 years after Priyanka Chopra bagged it! Now, she is gearing up for her debut in Yash Raj Films' Prithviraj starring Akshay Kumar.

"I have had a blessed life and I thank the universe for everything. I have nothing but gratitude for the exposures that I have had so far and I'm proud that I have been able to express myself completely along the way. My journey has just begun and I'm extremely excited to see how my life and career shapes up," says Manushi who has already wowed everyone with her incredible beauty.

She adds, "It is a reflective birthday for me. All that I thought I knew about the world has changed and I have had time to think about this a lot and discuss it with my family and friends. So, it's a very quiet birthday for me as celebrations is the last thing on my mind right now given the pain, loss and suffering I have been witnessing."

Manushi realizes that media and entertainment industry has been hit hard but she is confident that Bollywood will bounce back. She is confident that people would want to come back to the theatres and celebrate such moments with their families.

"I think all the thinkers and visionaries of Bollywood will huddle in making plans to script the industry's comeback as and when it's feasible. We live in an intimate country, a country that likes to celebrate with everyone so we will all go back to watching movies in theatres in due course of time," she says.

Manushi adds, "We will go back to living our lives for sure but I hope we will all value our freedom, our country, our nature that much more. As of now, we will just need to wait and hope for things to first become better for all the countrymen, economy to bounce back, everyone being safe, healthy and back to working."

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    Manushi Chhillar, the winner of the Miss World 2017 pageant, was born in Rohtak town, which is around 70 km from New Delhi, on May 14, 1997. Manushi Chhillar studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi. Manushi Chhillar was all India CBSE topper in English in Class 12. 

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    According to Manushi Chhillar's profile on the Miss World website, her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research.

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    Manushi Chhilar's mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.

     

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    In an interview, Manushi Chhillar had said that the most influential person in her life is her mother who has supported her throughout her journey. Manushi said, "Her infinite love, passion, courage, and determination to achieve her goals always keeps me going. Her gentle heart yet bold personality inspires me to be compassionate and ambitious." 

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    Manushi Chhillar cleared the All India Pre Medical Test and NEET exam in her first attempt and was pursuing a medical degree (MBBS) at the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College in Sonipat. She wanted to become a cardiac surgeon.

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    Manushi Chhillar is a trained Kuchipudi dancer and has trained under legendary dancers Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy. She has also attended the National School of Drama.

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    Manushi Chhilar has a sister and a younger brother. The siblings have interesting names. While the sister is called Dewangana Chhillar, the brother is named Dalmitra Chhillar.

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    In 2014, Manushi Chhillar received an opportunity to represent India at the cultural exchange programme in Japan. She performed Kuchipudi in a high school in Sapporo City.

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    Manushi Chhillar tried her luck in modeling. In the year 2014, she represented India in a cultural exchange programme held in Japan. On June 25, 2017, she took part in the Femina Miss India 2017 contest and represented the state of Haryana.

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    During the competition, Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss Photogenic and went on to win the competition as well, earning the opportunity to represent India at the Miss World 2017 competition.

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    Manushi Chhillar had made it to the top 5 along with contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico. She was crowned the new queen by Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle. 

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    Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 at a glittering ceremony in the seaside resort city of Sanya in China on November 2017. Her parents, Dr Mitrabasu Chhillar and Dr Neelam Chhillar were with her in Sanya when she was crowned Miss World.

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    The crowning of Manushi Chhillar, whose family hails from the conservative Jat community, as Miss World 2017 brought the focus back on women from the state making it big at the international level.

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    The family members and friends distributed sweets after news of Manushi Chhillar winning the Miss World title broke. There were reports of celebrations in Bamdoli village near Bahadurgarh town in Haryana's Jhattar district, around 55 km from Delhi, as residents burst crackers in celebration.

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    There were celebrations among students and faculty of the medical college when news broke about Manushi Chhillar winning the Miss World title.

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    Manushi Chhillar was ecstatic and emotional when she was announced the winner from among contestants from 108 countries. Apart from the title, Manushi Chillar also won the 'Beauty With Purpose' award.

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    In the question-and-answer round after she was shortlisted among the top five, Manushi was asked: "Which profession deserves the highest salary and why?" Click on the next slide to read her answer...

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    Manushi Chhillar said, "A mother deserves the highest respect. It's just not about cash but also the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has been a huge inspiration. it is the mother's job that deserves the biggest salary.''

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    In an interview during her grooming, Manushi Chhillar said, "The only thing I believe is certain in life is uncertainty, and this is what is amazing about the pageant."

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    Manushi Chhillar is the 6th Indian woman who won the title of Miss World after Priyanka Chopra who won Miss World in 2000. Priyanka Chopra was the last winner from India in 2000. Priyanka Chopra was joyous about having a 'successor'. "And we have a successor! Congratulations Manushi Chhillar on becoming Miss World 2017. Cherish and learn, and most importantly enjoy it. Bravo," she tweeted.

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    Manushi Chhillar grew up idolising Reita Faria, the first Indian and Asian to win the Miss World crown in 1966.

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    Regarding fashion, Manushi Chhillar said, "I was interested in fashion since the beginning and I think everyone likes fashion. It's a way of expressing who you are. Even when I was in medical college, I wore a white coat then. That was my fashion statement as a medical student."

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    When asked how she relates with typical Indian fashion, Manushi Chhillar replied: "I think India has a rich history and we always take so much pride in the amount of diversity that we have. When it comes to fashion, the diversity is even more

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    Manushi Chhillar also said that the being an Indian, the proudest moment of her life was when she learnt how to drape a sari. "Whenever I go to dinner, I try to wear a sari and more of traditional clothes. I am the girl who grew up watching her mother wear a sari therefore, I think the proudest moment of my life was when I learnt how to wear a sari," the Miss World said.

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    Priyanka Chopra was the last one to win the title for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey had made India proud. In 1997, Diana Hayden had bagged the title, while Aishwarya Rai had the honours in 1994. Reita Faria was the first Indian to win the crown in 1966.

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    Manushi Chhillar has been associated with the 'Project Shakti' campaign, initiated by her to make women and girls more aware about menstrual hygiene, even before she ventured into the beauty pageants scene.

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    Manushi Chhillar who is very committed to her fitness routine, makes sure she works out at least four or five times in a week. Talking about Manushi Chhillar's diet plans, her nutritionist Nmami Agarwal said, "Manushi is a vegetarian and had many travel commitments so there was no fixed plan and a new diet plan was made every day as per her schedule and local food available at the place where she is travelling."

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    Nmami Agarwal added, "The basics remain the same - six meals a day - Smoothies and nuts for breakfast, fruits, yogurt and coconut water for Mid-meal, veggies with broke wheat for lunch, hummus with carrot or cucumber sticks for evening and lentil or mushroom soup with wholegrain toast for dinner."

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    Manushi Chillar took a break from her studies for the Miss World preparations. Asked when will she be able to treat patients, she said: "I hope people never get a need to visit a doctor, but people can come to Dr Manushi Chhillar after three years when I will complete my medical studies."

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    Miss World Manushi Chhillar worked with actor Ranveer Singh for a television commercial. Manushi Chhillar said, "It was a very different experience for me to shoot for this commercial. I had the opportunity to work with the one and only Ranveer Singh. It was a great experience for me because his energy and whole aura is so infectious that just keeps you going. In the commercial I got to try new things and we had goofy dance steps so it was lots of fun," the reigning beauty queen said."

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    Manushi Chhillar once said if she gets an opportunity to work in the film industry, she would love to do a project in the action space. "I would like to do an action movie, and in which I am doing the action. I don't want to be a damsel in distress. I want to be a superhero. I would love to do that," Manushi said when she was present at a Radio station to celebrate woman power.

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    Manushi Chhillar is an adventurous girl who loves paragliding, horse riding, scuba diving, bungee jumping, and snorkelling.

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    Manushi Chhillar believes that change, and not success, is everything."I think change is everything, something common in all entrepreneurs. We not only love what we do but we want change that is why we do it," she said at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)."

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    How is she spending her life after becoming a beauty queen? "It has been going pretty well. I have been to all continents of the world. I have travelled a lot and I met lot of people and it has been a roller-coaster ride for me, Manushi said."

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    Manushi Chhillar fans can rejoice, as the lovely model-beauty queen will soon be making her Bollywood debut with Prithviraj, co-starring Akshay Kumar. Manushi will portray the role of Princess Sanyogita, and this silhouette is a glimpse of her first look from the film. The film is based on Rajput warrior Prithviraj Chauhan's life, and the titular character will be played by Akshay Kumar.

    Here's wishing Manushi happy birthday and all the best for her first film!

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