It was yet another stunning night of glamour and style for the annual Miss India-Canada event. In it’s 22nd edition, this years’s show featured beauties from across Canada. But it was 21 year old, Indian-born contestant Mallika Kapur who took the crown and a host of prizes at the event which was held at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel.
In typical spectacular fashion, the evening was lit up by elegantly dressed guests who enjoyed some great performances by the highly talented group of finalists. The show was hosted by television personalities Karen Johnson and Mohit Rajhans. The night kicked off with sixteen beautiful contestants from across Canada showcasing their best in Indian formal, evening formal, and talent. It was the answers of the final five that determined the winner of this year’s title in the final Q&A segment.
As the girls prepped to take the stage, a few shared their thoughts on what their experience has been like taking part in this year’s pageant, “The experience has made me so much more confident and I’ve made life long friends here,” shared Sunandani Verma, “I think these girls are all beautiful from the inside and out and they all have something extraordinary to offer.”
“I think all the girls are a great representation of our community and what being Indian-Canadian actually is,” said another finalist, Jasmine Singh.
This year’s special guest of honour was actor and author Anupam Kher who recently launched his new motivational book called “The Best Thing About You Is You”. Mr. Kher was honoured with an award for his contribution to cinema and social causes. Known for his wit and humour, Mr. Kher delighted the audience with his charm, charisma and his remarkable wisdom.
“I celebrate failure,” he told the audience, “success is boring and one dimensional.” He went on to share stories of his self-made success reminding everyone that he was never a top performer “achieving only 38% marks” and humouring us with a joke about coming in second even if he ran alone! “I love myself!” he said, “If I don’t love myself, how can I love my neighbours?” After an incredible night of talent and glamour, it was time for the winners:
People’s Choice Award went to Arti Chopra, Miss Photogenic was awarded to Sharon Philipose and Sunandani Verma was Miss Congeniality. Meena Luv Asdhir was the second runner-up and Ruchi Kumar was the first runner-up. Finally Akhina Mooken, winner of the 2011 pageant, took the stage to formally crown Miss India-Canada 2012 Mallika Kapur as the winner. When asked what her plans are as the reigning Miss India-Canada, she said, “I think this title will serve as a platform for me to be more involved with the South Asian community and a great way to celebrate Indian-Canadian culture.” She adds “I am proud to be a part of a proper world class show and look forward to the opportunities that this pageant will bring for me. I am very excited for my upcoming year.”