They won Miss India, but can they act?

In case you missed it, Parvathy Omanakuttan was crowned
the Pantaloons Femina Amul Butter KingfisherMissindia_2
Airlines Tata Motors Miss India World 2008. I know what you’re wondering: Is she the first Malayali to win a Miss India contest?


"I am the first Malayali to
win a Miss India Contest," said a proud Parvathy Omanakuttan who was crowned
Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2008 at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai.
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Parvathy will represent India in the Miss World contest, where she will undoubtedly say, "I am the first Malayali to compete in the Miss World contest."


Simran
Kaur Mundi, who won the PFMI Miss Universe 2008, said, "I was not even supposed
to participate this year." The biotech graduate was working with a cinema chain
in Mumbai when an unexpected audition changed her life. "I am feeling great
right now," she said,
ecstatic.


Harshita Saxena, who
abandoned a BBA Degree in Canada to pursue her Miss India dreams, carried away
the PFMI Miss Earth title. "It’s a victory for Goa. I still can’t
believe it and am waiting to meet my friends and family," she
said.
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I’m confused. If Simran won the Miss India Universe title and Parvathy won the Miss India World title and Harshita won the Miss India Earth title, who the heck won the Miss India Galaxy title?

The big question is whether any of these ladies will become Bollywood actresses, following in the footsteps of former winners such as Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Dia Mirza and Gul Panag. Let’s ask them.

Me: "Ladies, congratulations on winning your titles. I have a question for you: Are you interested in becoming Bollywood stars?"

Parvathy: "I am the first Malayali to be asked that question."

Simran: "Yes, of course. I want to follow in the footsteps of Aishwarya."

Harshita: "Would I get to meet Shahrukh?"

Me: "It sounds like you’re all interested in becoming Bollywood stars. So tell me, are you interested in taking acting lessons?"

Parvathy: "I am the first Malayali to be interested in taking acting lessons."

Simran: "As I said before, I want to follow in the footsteps of Aishwarya. So no acting lessons for me."

Harshita: "Would I get to meet Shahrukh?"

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

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