Manushi Chhillar Wiki
Manushi Chhillar (born 18 May 1997) is an Indian actress, model and the winner of Miss World 2017. She represented the state of Haryana at the Femina Miss India 2017 pageant in which she won. Chhillar is the sixth representative from India to win the Miss World pageant. She will make her film debut in the historical drama Prithviraj.
Early life and education
Chhillar was born on 7 May 1997 in Rohtak, Haryana. Her father, Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), while her mother, Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and departmental head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.Chhillar studied at St. Thomas' School, New Delhi and was the all India CBSE topper in English subject in class 12 and scored 96 percent in her boards. She studied at Miranda House for one year and then cleared the All India Pre Medical Test (now, NEET) in her first attempt and is pursuing a medical degree (MBBS) at the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College in Sonipat. She has also attended the I.P.G.H.S, Bengaluru while her father was working in the Bengaluru wing of Defense Research and Development Organization. She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer, and has trained under Raja and Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy.SJ
Miss World 2017
Chhillar represented India at , where she became a semifinalist in the Top Model, People's Choice, and Multimedia competitions, and was the winner of the Head-to-Head Challenge from Group Nine and co-winner of the Beauty with a Purpose competition. She is fourth Beauty with a Purpose winner at Miss World from India and first Indian to win Miss World and Beauty with a Purpose jointly. She won the competition after stating that the job of a mother is the one that deserves the highest salary. Chhillar's Beauty with a Purpose project was Project Shakti. The campaign's goal is to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. She visited about 20 villages for the project and treated over 5,000 women.On 18 November 2017, Chhillar was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle from Puerto Rico in the finals in Sanya, China. She became the sixth Indian woman to win the crown, and the first since Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000.
Chhillar will make her acting debut in the 2020 historical period drama film Prithviraj, directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. The film is based on the life of Prithviraj Chauhan, a Rajput king from the Chahamana dynasty, and the Princess of Kannauj, Samyukta. After several auditions and trails, Chhillar was casted alongside Akshay Kumar to portray the respective lead roles. Elaborating her role, Chhillar stated - “It is a huge responsibility to play princess Samyukta. She was a powerful personality and stood up for what is right and took the most important decisions of her life herself. Her life is an extremely important chapter in Indian history, and I will try my best to play her as accurately as possible.”
Chhillar has modelled for brands like Bata, Fashion Big Bazaar, Audi Q5, Cinnamon Hotel, Gio watches, and Club Factory. In April 2018, she was announced as the brand ambassador for the retail jewellery group, Malabar Gold and Diamonds. She was also signed up to endorse Adidas.As Miss India, she walked as a showstopper in the 2017 edition of Lakme Fashion Week. She has worked for fashion designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Chhillar made a debut in 2018 edition of the annual celebrity calendar by leading Indian fashion photographer, Dabboo Ratnani. She has been featured on the Indian edition covers of Cosmopolitan, Grazia, L'Officiel, Condé Nast Traveller, and Femina. During her reign as Miss World, she was featured in the Indonesian lifestyle magazine, HighEnd.
In May 2018, Chhillar joined hundreds of women in a 3 km walk through the streets of Delhi to create social awareness on the World Menstrual Hygiene Day. Supporting the Fit India Campaign, Chhillar along with the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu waved the flag at the starting line to initiate the race, as thousands of cyclists made it to the streets of Delhi celebrating the World Bicycle Day. She is a strong advocate for vegetarianism and has expressed her views on the subject on various platforms.Chhillar was appointed as the ambassador for Government of Haryana's campaign to curb Anemia, which was instituted since almost 61 per cent of the women in the state were effected from the disease. She expanded the scope of her Beauty with a Purpose campaign, Project Shakti and initiated an awareness programme among rural women for HIV/AIDS in India. On initiating this programme, she stated - "AIDS awareness among women will be one of the key initiatives of Project Shakti, because I feel women of our country are at risk due to lack of awareness programs. We work with hundreds of women across India and we are looking to educate them about AIDS awareness so that they can spread this message in their respective communities. It is absolutely essential for our country to fight AIDS and I'm looking forward to doing my bit for the cause."Chhillar collaborated with the UNICEF's campaign to raise awareness on the coronavirus pandemic. In a video released by UNICEF India, she urged people to stay at home and practice social distancing. Chhillar also urged state governments in India to distribute sanitary pads, along with daily ration to the daily wage earning women, who had become prone to severe risks due to shortage of funds in their hands, during the crisis.