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Down to earth

Music, cinema and environment, Reshmi Ghosh, Miss India Earth 2002, has versatile interests


DRESSED IN a crimson top offset with a cream trouser, with highlights in her hair, Reshmi Ghosh, Miss Earth 2002, seemed Chris de Burgh's Lady in Red personified as she made her way through red gerberas and pink nets to inaugurate Music World Express, the neighbourhood shop-in-shop music store at Health & Glow, Vikrampuri, a dιcor that was not exactly uncommon for her by now, as also music. "I am closely knitted with music because most of my family members are into singing. Also, I am familiar with the twin cities for the same reason. I used to visit Taj Krishna as a crooner," says Reshmi who hails from Kolkata. The city of joy in fact was elementary in offering her the much-required platform, "I won the Lakme Tilottama contest organised by Sananda Magazine in 1999," recollects Reshmi.

And then it was time for the mega event Miss India, 2002 where she was crowned Miss India Earth. "It was from our time that they chose five contestants. The first three, Miss India Universe, World and Earth, Neha, Shruti and I respectively were on an equal platform," she recollects. At Miss Earth, the international pageant that was held at Manila, Reshmi won the web polling and walked away with the best national costume award.

"It was a deep red lehenga choli ensemble from Ritu Kumar. It was a big hit in the international pageant. People abroad just adore Indian ethnic wear," recollects Reshmi. About the contest, "I was glad to be chosen to participate in Miss Earth, a pageant that emphasises on the down-to-earth perspective of the contestant as well as degree of sensitisation as regards to ecological issues. The pageant did help in generating a lot of awareness about environment-related issues among participants for one. As a rule, even now, I avoid using a deo spray owing to its deleterious effects on the environment. Likewise, I ensure that the door of the refrigerator is not kept open for a long time since I believe in the fact that global concerns should begin from home," says Reshmi. Apart from being actively involved with environmental groups, Reshmi has been doing theatre as well as worked in television serials in Kolkata.

She has also played a few cameo roles in Bengali cinema and NFDC films as well and now makes her foray into Bollywood. "Two movies are in the pipeline— Tumse Milkar with Parvin Dabas and Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya," she says.

Think Mumbai, the Hindi film capital, and one is reminded of the Lakshmi Pandit, Miss Earth, controversy. "Mumbai can pose a problem for single women. And it takes lot of courage and grit to have struggled for the crown and then give it away," says Reshmi. As for herself, "I feel one has to be down to earth and rooted, a maxim that I strongly adhere to," she sums up.

SYEDA FARIDA

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