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Manushi Chhillar on her winning moment: Wish I had given a more lady-like reaction

The new Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar, talks about her victory, how it has affected her life and how she hopes her win will bring focus on her home state, Haryana.

fashion-and-trends Updated: Nov 28, 2017 14:50 IST

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Manushi Chhillar reacts on hearing that she has won the Miss World 2017 title.
Manushi Chhillar reacts on hearing that she has won the Miss World 2017 title. (PTI)

It was a moment of overwhelming joy for Manushi Chhillar when she was crowned Miss World 2017, but the beauty queen wishes her reaction could have been “more lady-like” when she won. Manushi recently won the coveted title at a grand event held in China’s Sanya.

The 20-year-old medical student from Haryana says she has watched the clip of her victory a number of times now.

“I won’t deny that I’ve seen the video several times. It still gives me goosebumps. (But) I do wish I had given more lady-like reactions. It was something which came out naturally. Now I like to look at it and laugh.”

The pageant was last won by Priyanka Chopra for India in 2000, a year after Yukta Mookhey bagged the crown.

Soon after the victory, Manushi was in the news over Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s pun on her surname, which translates into “loose change” in colloquial Hindi.

“What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World,” Tharoor had said, creating a furore.

Manushi Chhillar celebrates after winning the Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya.
Manushi Chhillar celebrates after winning the Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya. ( IANS )

But Manushi downplayed Tharoor’s comments in her tweet, calling it a “tongue-in-cheek remark”.

Talking about the incident, Manushi says she is happy that people got an insight into her sense of humour. “Miss World victory is something very personal to me. But everyone has their own sense of humour and you’ve social media where everyone has their own opinion. I was happy I could give people an insight into my sense of humour,” says Manushi.

Her win triggered a war of words between former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the incumbent Manohar Lal Khattar over honouring Manushi. Hooda’s suggested the state government should offer Rs 6 crore and a plot to honour state-born Manushi for bringing the title home. Khattar objected to Hooda’s suggestion, saying “his thinking is confined only to plots and cash. One should think above all this”.

Commenting on the same, Manushi says, “I think it is absolutely up to my state as to what they want to give me or not. I am just happy I could give them this moment of victory.” She believes her win will bring focus on Haryana.

“There is already so much positive change that has been happening. The khap panchayat in my ancestral village has abolished the practice of firing at weddings. “I am just a 20-year-old normal girl but knowing that I can do such things, it’s very enriching for me.”

Manushi says though she did not stay in Haryana – she grew up in Delhi and Bengaluru – the outlook towards Haryanvi women is slowly evolving. For now, Manushi wants to focus on her life as Miss World but she does not rule out the possibility of entering Bollywood.

“There have been offers from Bollywood but as of now I’ve not really committed to anything. I really want to explore my life as a Miss World and live that moment first. After this one year, I have to complete my education. But I am not really thinking about it. I would never rule out any opportunity completely. I’d be a fool to do that,” says Manushi.

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First Published: Nov 28, 2017 14:49 IST