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Miss India UK heads to Mumbai

Nikki Rana will join winners from 35 countries for the Miss India Worldwide crown.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 16:17 IST

Nikki Rana, winner of the Miss India UK title, will join winners from 35 other countries participating in the Miss India Worldwide Crown contest to be held in Mumbai Feb 4.

Tipped as one of the strong favourites, Rana, 20, is a student of the University of Leicester.

Amrita Hunjan, the current Miss India Worldwide title holder and last year's Miss India UK winner, said: "I think she will take the world title, Nikki is extremely strong in all areas, she has a great look and is very confident and intelligent, I wish her well.

"It would be great for the UK if she wins and retains the crown I worked hard to win last year and I would be delighted to crown her again."

Before leaving for Mumbai, Rana said: "I am really looking forward to the world finals and proud to be representing the UK at a global event. There is some pressure on me to win this event since Amrita won it last year.

"Whatever happens I am sure it is going to be a great experience and I will look to enjoy every minute of it. It is my ambition to become a Bollywood actress and this is the best platform anyone can ask for... this is a dream come true to me and I will make it count'.

Miss India UK event director Sam Samra told IANS: "Nikki stands a good chance of taking the crown, she has the height and a good look and I would be very surprised if she does not win a placing in the top three at the very least."

The India Festival Committee (IFC), a voluntary organisation established in 1974 and based in New York, has been organising the Miss India Worldwide contest every year since 1990.

The contest has provided young Indian women the opportunity to compete at the international level and support various charitable causes.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 16:03 IST