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Rani Crowns Mr India

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Posted: 31 January 2005 at 5:04pm | IP Logged
An Exclusive: Rani crowns Grasim Mr.India 2005

By Manav Manglani,

At a glittering function held at Goregaon Sports Club, Mumbai on January 29, 2005, Mr. Viraf Phiroze Patel was crowned Grasim Mr. India 2005. The First runner-up was Mr. Kushal Tandon followed by Mr. Karan Hukku as the Second runner-up. The winner was given a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh along with the trophy. This year the event was judged by crme de la crme from the Bollywood fraternity like Fardeen Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Gayatri Joshi, Rocky S, Nandita Sen, Anita Raj, Mandira Bedi and Laura Q. The Chief Guest for the evening was actress Rani Mukherji.

An event of the Aditya Birla Group of companies, a leading business conglomerate of our country, Grasim Mr. India, celebrated its 11th year with the theme Youth for this year. It marked a tribute to the 'Indian Male', and a salute to the true 'Spirit of Manhood'.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sonia Swami - Event Director, Grasim Mr. India, said, "In a country were men were idols of worship, Grasim Mr. India - India's first 'Male Personality Pageant' started as a tribute to the Indian Male Persona. With the support of the Aditya Birla Group, the pageant brought forth a runway for the youth of India to take a flight into the world of fashion and glamour. This year we had 28 young & dashing finalists, from different corners of India, who came together on a single platform, with one vision & goal - to win the prestigious title of Grasim Mr. India 2005 ."

"Grasim Mr. India is not just about looks, it's a search for an 'Ideal Man', a man of substance - someone who can be a role model for the coming generations. All our earlier winners are now youth icons and the contest itself has become a springboard to launch brilliant careers in showbiz, ramp and the evergreen celluloid world," Ms. Swami added.

This year the pageant received 15,000 applications. The first rounds of selections were based on the photographs & rsum sent by the applicants. From this 500 contestants were short-listed for the regional rounds, which were held in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Delhi. After six months of hard work, 28 contestants were short-listed as Grasim Mr. India finalists. There were 6 sub-contest titles also, which were held amongst the 28 finalists.

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Posted: 31 January 2005 at 5:07pm | IP Logged
thanx for the article
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Posted: 31 January 2005 at 5:36pm | IP Logged

thanks for sharing

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