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The world at their feet... Bollywood too?



Nafisa Joseph and Yukta Mookhey have a blast in Delhi before the beauty pageant.

IS BECOMING a Miss India a sure ticket to tinsel town? At least, it appears to be so if we look at the recent trend. Whether acting is one's cup of tea or not, films are an obvious graduation from the crowned glory. Offers come aplenty for most of them, though in most cases, such reel-outs bomb at the box office.

"But where else then we go"? asks former Miss World Yukta Mookhey. "If a corporate house is ready to absorb me, I do not need to venture into films. After all, beauty contests are now not just concentrating on a pretty face but an intelligent, balanced mind too," adds this beauty queen. Her own Bollywood debut, "Pyaasa" opposite Aftab Shivdasani vanished without a trace, though she insists that hers was "a powerful role".

"It was a difficult role. Not many were ready to do it. I did it and got good reviews," she maintains. Despite news that she is out of a few films, she still banks upon making it in the world of dream merchants.

"I have some offers which I would not like reveal about right now," she adds, giving away hints that one is based on the Cauvery water dispute.

One of Yukta's Miss India counterparts, Nafisa Joseph says, she had made "an intelligent decision" by opting out of films though that was considered an obvious process for her too.

"Soon after the crown happened, I was offered a few roles, but I refused. I realised that I am not cut out for acting, so why venture into it," wonders the MTV veejay.

"When MTV offered me the job of a veejay, I grabbed it, knowing well that I will enjoy it as I love music whether it is Hindi or English," adds Nafisa.

Nafisa, as she herself puts it, is "lucky", but not many of her fellow crown-winners are - in celluloid. Apart from Aishwarya Rai and Sushmita Sen, former beauty queens like Diya Mirza, Yukta, Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra are yet to prove themselves on the silver screen. Let's see, wait and watch if the beauties can deliver when it matters!

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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