The Indian television industry has always been home ground for Miss India contestants. With the rigorous training and grooming they undergo, the contestants always find success in the world of TV since they understand the requirements of the glamour industry. The relationship between these beauties and the telly screen has been long standing. Right from the 90s, these confident and charismatic ladies have always been welcomed.
One of the most successful practitioners of the transition from beauty queen to TV star is Miss India International 1988 Shikha Swaroop. A successful sportsperson, she seamlessly transitioned onto the small screen with her appearance in the hugely successful television serial Chandrakanta. And there are many others like her. Miss India World 1976 Naina Balsaver acted in the popular tele-serial Manzil and Miss India Universe 1988 Dolly Minhas became a success with serials like Hindustani, Kitty Party, Behenein and Chintu Chinky Aur Ek Badi Si Love Story, inspiring generations of pageant winners to lean towards TV to find name, fame and mass appeal.
It is in this spirit that many others too found their calling on TV, like Miss Universe 1995 first runner-up Manpreet Brar (a successful TV host), and Miss India 2009 finalist Nandini Vaid and Miss India 2012 finalist Nikita Dutta, who’ve played successful veejays on Zoom. Miss India 2010 contestant Rohini Mukherjee has done a Bengali TV show and is a VJ. Miss India International 2002 Gauhar Khan has tasted acclaim with Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, Miss India International 2003 Shonali Nagrani found a huge fan following with Bigg Boss 5, Miss India Universe 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi was seen in Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout, and Miss India 2007 Sarah Jane Dias debuted as a VJ. Miss India Asia Pacific 2003 Shonal Rawat hosts talk shows on Zoom. There is also Neha Dhupia, who started her TV career with Rajdhaani, before going on to win the coveted Miss India Universe crown in 2002.
With the Miss India pageant celebrating it’s golden jubilee this year, it’s a moment of pride to recall all those who’ve carved a niche for themselves, and to applaud the pageant, which has made a remarkable contribution to the world of television and glamour.