MUMBAI: Manushi Chhillar single-handedly gave the country a reason to cheer when she was titled Miss World 2017 in China. The 20-year-old will let us believe that she is like just another girl who loves reading books and writing poetry. While beauty pageants have been a stepping-stone in Bollywood for several contestants, Manushi aspires to become a doctor. In a quick chat, she answers a volley of questions shot by us with much confidence:
Bollywood is not on my mind right now. I have no plans of entering the film profession any time soon. Honestly, now, I will be busy travelling across four continents to create awareness about menstrual hygiene.
I dream a dream of meeting Aamir Khan and Reita Faria:
It is my dream to work with Aamir Khan. If ever, I get into films, I would love to work with him. Working with him would give me a satisfaction since his films are not only entertaining but also socially relevant. Reita Faria, who was the first Asian woman to win the Miss World title, is my role model. She was also a doctor. I had emailed her right after I won the pageant, but still am waiting for a response. I hope to go meet her in person.
Her favourite Bollywood actor:
I am not someone who watches films ardently; I prefer reading books. Truth be told, I can’t choose one actor since I think all of them are extremely beautiful. I connect with Aamir a lot since his films are challenging. Among actresses, Priyanka Chopra is my personal favourite.
On Deepika Padukone receiving death threats:
Confidence is a woman’s biggest tool. All Indian women have one thing in common — we face our challenges head on. We women need to be confident of what we do and who we are. We do face a lot of limitations — it is not a women-friendly society, but as individuals, we need to set an example. Women can do amazing things!