Manushi Chhillar
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Manushi Chhillar (born 14 May 1997) is an Indian actress, model and the winner of Miss World 2017 pageant. 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 upcoming historical drama Prithviraj.

Early life and education

Chhillar was born on 14 May 1997 in Bamnoli village of Jhajjar district, into a Haryanvi family. Her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a physician and scientist at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is also a medical doctor 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 cleared the All India Pre Medical Test (now, NEET) in her first attempt. She was pursuing a medical degree (MBBS) at the Bhagat Phool Singh Medical College in Sonipat.Chhillar is fluent in Hindi and English, apart from her mother tongue, Haryanvi. She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer, and had acquired her training under Raja and Radha Reddy.

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 India's fourth Beauty with a Purpose winner at Miss World and the first woman to win Miss World and Beauty with a Purpose jointly. Chhillar's Beauty with a Purpose project was titled 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.During the final question and answer round, Chhillar was asked -"Which profession should receive the highest salary in the world?." Responding to the same, she answered: “Since I am very close to my mother, I think that a mother deserves the highest respect. When you talk about salary, I don't think it's just about cash, but the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has been the biggest inspiration in my life. All mothers, they just sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I believe the profession which deserves the highest salary, respect and love should be of a mother's.” 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.

Miss World 2017

Chhillar represented India at , where she became a finalist 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 India's fourth Beauty with a Purpose winner at Miss World and the first woman to win Miss World and Beauty with a Purpose jointly. Chhillar's Beauty with a Purpose project was titled 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.During the final question and answer round, Chhillar was asked - "Which profession should receive the highest salary in the world?" Responding to the same, she answered: Since I am very close to my mother, I think that a mother deserves the highest respect. When you talk about salary, I don't think it's just about cash, but the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has been the biggest inspiration in my life. All mothers, they just sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I believe the profession which deserves the highest salary, respect and love should be of a mother. 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.

Film career

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.”

Acting career

Chhillar will make her Bollywood debut with Yash Raj Films's project, Prithviraj directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. The film is based on Prithviraj Raso, an epic poem composed in Braj Bhasha language about the life of Prithviraj Chauhan, a Rajput king from the Chahamana dynasty. After several auditions and trails, she was cast in the film as the Princess of Kannauj, Sanyogita, Prithviraj's wife. She will star alongside Akshay Kumar, who will portray the titular role Prithviraj.The film was initially scheduled to release on the occasion of Diwali in 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Elaborating her role, Chhillar stated: "It's a huge responsibility to play princess Sanyogita, a powerful personality who stood up for what is right and took the most important decisions of her life herself."Chhillar signed a three-film deal contract with Yash Raj Films, and her second film is titled The Great Indian Family, a comedy film backed again by the banner and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, where she would work opposite Vicky Kaushal.

Endorsements

Chhillar has modelled for brands like Bata, Fashion Big Bazaar, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts, 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 has promoted brands like Audi Q5 and Panasonic. She is also the official brand ambassador for Adidas and Pantene in India.

Social works

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 awareness programme among rural women for HIV/AIDS in India. On initiating this programme, she expressed: 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 convey this message in their respective communities. It is absolutely essential for our country to fight HIV/AIDS and I am 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 female migrant workers who were prone to severe risks due to shortage of funds in their hands during the migrant labourers' crisis in India, which arose as a result of the strict lockdown imposed to contain the spread of SARS CoV-2.In 2021, the United Nations Women affiliated with Chhillar in order to raise awareness regarding gender-based violence. She supports an initiative titled 'Orange the World', and works towards curbing online harassment of women among other forms of harassment, and spreading more awareness pertaining to this issue.In March 2021, Chhillar along with Dipika Pallikal and Nikhat Zareen, became part of a campaign launched by Adidas called Make A Move, with the vision to encourage and motivate women to overcome psychological and social barriers.

Social works

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.
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