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Hello, gorgeous

Delhi rocks as a new winner wears the crown of Miss India Worldwide India, writes Neha Sharma.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 02, 2009 13:56 IST

Mega-watt glamour lit up the Capital on Saturday night as Delhi hosted the crowning of PC Jewellers Miss India worldwide India, an HT City initiative, in a gala made even glitzier by the live performances of Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Yana Gupta. The crown was won by the lovely 23-year-old Deepthi Mary Varughese from Kerala, who also got a cash price of Rs 1,50,000. The first runner-up was Surbhi Mishra, 21, from Dehradun, and the second runner-up was Rucha Gawas, 21, from Pune, and they got Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. All three won gift vouchers.

The evening began with some light banter between the masters of the ceremony — Neha Dhupia, gorgeous in blue, and the dapper Rahul Khanna — and a while later the 20 lovelies entered the stage, accompanied by the euphoric song Tu Hi Hai Miss India, performed live by… who else, but Euphoria.

One by one, the girls presented themselves, their dreams, their goals to the judges — filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar; supermodel-actor Milind Soman; fashion designer Rina Dhaka; former Miss India Nafisa Ali; FDCI president Sunil Sethi; choreographer Sandip Soparrkar; actor-entrepreneur Deepak Tijori; CEO of Mudra Communications, Pratap Bose; and Neeraj Kansal, director, ministry of home affairs.

Once the girls left the stage, the audience got the first Bollywood act of the evening — the stunning Yana Gupta swaying to Babuji zara dhire chalo. Yana, Katrina and Kareena danced to a medley of Bollywood’s hippest numbers, their performances punctuated by talent shows by the contestants, the Q&A round, the selection of the Top Ten and the Top Five.

Deciding question
Standing between the final five contestants and the crown was the question: ‘Is love a selfish or a selfless emotion?’ Deepthi replied that love, being unconditional, cannot be selfish. Surbhi said, “The heart is a chalice that beholds love and can never be selfish.” Rucha’s answer was, “Love cannot be selfless unless it is selfish.” Now you know the winning answer.