Interview: URVASHI RAUTELA - Contestant from India at Miss Universe, Las Vegas, USA in an Intimate Chat with Marian Chatterjee

Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio ExclusiveWashington, DC, October 20, 2015 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Miss Universe pageant is one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. Urvashi Rautela is obviously very excited about her opportunity to participate in this year's Miss Universe contest at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on December 19. It's a childhood dream of hers coming true. Sushmita Sen was the first contestant from India to be crowned Miss Universe in 1994. Lara Dutta won the pageant in 2000.

In this exclusive interview with WBRi Washington Bangla Radio's Marian Chatterjee, Urvashi talks candidly about her remarkable career, her excitement, goals, hopes, aspirations, role models and crushes.

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Among a long list of awards and crowns, Sushmita Sen crowned Urvashi Miss Universe India in 2012. She also just won the Miss Diva title (with Natasha Assadi and Naveli Desmukh as the first and second runners-up). Miss Teen India at age 15, Urvashi has been crowned Miss Asian Supermodel 2011 in South Korea (her 4th international crown), as well as Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International in China. Interestingly, Urvashi was declared winner of the I Am She contest in 2012, but was later found to be technically below the age-limit and not eligible, though she does retain the crown and certificates due to the generosity of the organizers. "Whatever has to happen, will happen, and whatever happens, happens for the good", says Urvashi in her typical cheerful spirit.

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Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio ExclusiveBorn in the Indian state of Uttarakhand (known as the "Land of God" due to its numerous temples) to parents who run their family business, Urvashi credits her family and friends and their unflinching support and inspiration for the remarkably quick ascendance of her career. She is especially fond of her grandfather - a popular and erudite student of ex-Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, an activist and philanthropist working for the betterment of the lives of the elderly and socially and economically challenged, who is never shy of taking up social causes. In 2011 Urvashi was awarded by the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. She is also the only winner in India to have won a top beauty pageant award twice. It comes as no surprise that Urvashi currently holds the Indian record for the highest number of beauty pageants at the youngest age.

Born in the year Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe pageant, Urvashi counts her mother and Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta among her greatest influences. She is especially fond of the way her mother has played the multitude of roles in life with aplomb - from bringing her up to running a business successfully. Her path in beauty pageants and acting is very similar to Lara Dutta's, and Lara continues to guide and advice her, if not contribute substantially to her grooming. Lara won the Miss Universe contest at 21, and Urvashi is 21 going into the contest.

More interestingly, Urvashi is currently shooting for a movie that is a sequel to the film Masti (2004) Lara acted in. This upcoming Bollywood movie is titled "Great Grand Masti" (sometimes called Masti 3) where Urvashi, as the female lead, plays a girl pursued by three guys (Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani) with Bengali beauty Mishti, Sonal Chauhan, and Pooja Chopra playing the wives.

Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio Exclusive

Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio ExclusiveIndeed Urvashi is a busy actress, having debuted with an acclaimed role with Sunny Deol, Amrita Rao and others in "Singh Saab the Great" (2013). She is juggling multiple shooting assignments at this time.

Asked about Modelling in India, Urvashi describes how India has now become a hot-spot of modelling opportunity due to the Bollywood phenomenon. She points out India is now attracting foreign talent - international models from Ukraine, Europe, the United States, Brazil, Latin America and more are arriving in India to pursue their modeling careers. "India is now a great market for modeling", says Urvashi.

About the safety of women in India in the light of much publicized sexual assault and murders in the country, Urvashi says things are rapidly improving with greater social awareness as well as government actions. She mentions India's acclaimed Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the first Indian-American woman Kalpana Chawla as being examples of strong women in the country. Current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and people in General are making a huge effort to make India safer for women, she says.

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Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio ExclusiveOn a lighter note, when asked about her dream man, Urvashi reveals a crush for President Barack Obama who she finds "really really hot". Of course, President Obama's convincing victories (twice!) in the US Presidential races are landmarks in US and world history, and a resounding statement on what America is all about. While praising the maturity, knowledge, intelligence and charm of President Obama, Urvashi also finds Donald Trump (who has a significant stake in the Miss Universe events) a "cool guy" and is appreciative of Trump's candidness and straight-speak as well.

Urvashi Rautela - WBRI Washington Bangla Radio ExclusiveUrvashi Rautela is carrying the hopes and aspirations of 1.3 Billion Indians to Las Vegas. Her sincerity and devotion cannot be greater, and as the interview wraps up, you will hear what it means for her to represent India. Here is wishing Urvashi Rautela all the very best from WBRi Washington Bangla Radio!