Hi Milli, could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
Born in Punjab, I am a complete Punjabi, by nature, by thinking, by behaviour…A fun loving person with a positive attitude….A proud mother of two loving children, I am a lawyer, a teacher, an anchor, an model and a social activist… I believe in living life to the fullest, so I am on a constant journey of exploring myself.
Other than your mother, who do you think is the most beautiful woman in the world?
I have always been an ardent fan of Sushmita Sen and Madhuri Dixit. undoubtedly; these both personalities are my Role model. Sushmita proved her beauty by winning the Ms Universe crown but she also stood strong as a woman, when she adopted two girl children….On the other hand, Madhuri mesmerised everyone with her charming smile and wonderful acting and dancing skills. But after marriage, she gave priority to her family life and then she again made an impressive comeback. These women are a true embodiment of Woman Empowerment, who are not only beautiful outside but showcased their inner strength
Some people think beauty pageants are shallow parades of beauty. What do you have to say to them?
Beauty pageants are shallow parades?? I don’t agree with this…Like any other competition, Every pageant has its own criteria’s and dimensions too… .. Talking about my experience with Allora Group, they are highly professional people, who, aimed at providing a genuine platform to all married women, through this pageant. During my three months journey of Auditions, semi-finals and Grand finale, I learnt that They looked for a role model through their Allora Mrs India contest who’s been a multi-dimensional personality in all fields…Mrs India is a pageant that invites married women..so She has to be well versed with all womanly roles, be it of a wife or a mother or a career lady Of course a beauty pageant is about Beauty and figure but the uniqueness of Allora Groups lies in the fact that they judged me for my overall personality ,that includes my confidence, my presence of mind and my talents ,apart from my skin and colour.
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Where did that first thought about entering the pageant come from?
Stage has always been my first love ..I have been actively participating in plays, dramas and many such activities, right since when I was of 3 years of age. I had won many college and university level fashion shows but never thought of entering a pageant.. During my graduation days, one of our family friends, who was of a senior rank in army, suggested me to participate in Miss India.. but I didn’t dare to even give it a thought…but honestly, that sentence got stuck in my subconscious mind ..In recent years, whenever I was being complimented for being beautiful, that sentence kept coming back and back and finally I decided to give it a try, Though for Mrs India now.
Was there anything you watched or read throughout the entire journey to keep you company and to motivate you?
Motivation always helps!!! And especially, when it comes from yourself…I was well aware of the challenges of a beauty pageant… Being a mother of two children and after a gap of considerable years, entering such a contest was not easy for me. So the determination to win but the fear of losing was always there with me. I have always been a Topper throughout my academics and extracurricular activities… After marriage, my husband’s work commitments took us to different places and every time I learnt to settle with new situations and new people…Every experience was a new learning. My reading habit made me learn a lot from the lives of great people.. During the pageant my family and close friends along with my relatives and school/ college teachers, kept reminding me of my qualities… all these things made me overcome my nervousness and fear, at different stages.
What incident in your life made you realize about your passion in pageantry? Who assured you that beauty pageants are totally your cup of tea?
Appreciation is something, that I got in abundance, ever since my childhood days. So I always found myself beaming with confidence, which always made me take risks and explore new fields. Though compliments were not new to me but yes, frequent sentences that I didn’t look like a mother of a 14 years old son and that I didn’t have typical lady mindset, made me realise my forgotten strengths. Also it was my thirst for my identity and my passion to challenge myself, that made me enter the pageant. Once decided, my family was always there to affirm my decision and make me going.
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion to me?? Anything that makes me feel comfortable, more confident and beautiful, is Fashion to me. It can be a small piece of jewellery or a roadside bangle or any branded dress. I totally rely on my own liking, when I dress up.
In your opinion which is the one dress that can never go out of fashion?
It’s Sareeeee!!! I madly love sarees…. It’s my fav, saree is one dress that can never go out of fashion…It’s suitable for evryyyy occasion and it’s the one dress that truly depicts a Woman.
What beauty/fitness regime would you suggest for our readers?
Diet and exercise, both lead to fitness.. I start my day with glass of lukewarm water with lemon and honey… I have made it a habit to walk for at least 45 mins a day One should try to avoid junk / oily foods and add healthy/ fibrous items in every meal.. Mental health is an important part leading to physical well being.. Yoga/ meditation and keeping yourself happy is equally important, through various means.
What is your all-time favorite movie and why?
I have been an all-time fan of our old movies, especially starting Amol Palekar ji and Utpal Dutt ji. these movies are sooo real life ones and they hold a lesson, even today, In modern scenario, All movies starring Amitabh Bachan ji are my fav, especially Silsila, Mardaani starring Rani Mukherjee, stands in a different league and it’s title track often gives me courage to stand up and give my best.
Which do you prefer, Heels or Sneakers?
Heels, I am a big heel lover, I cherish my collection of heels which consists of almost all colours, Buying heels is something I can never resist.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Sabyasachi Oops!!! Wat a person he is!! And his designed costumes stand a class apart… It’s been one of my long cherishes dreams to be a part of his show Band Baja Bride.
Describe your sense of style in 3 words?
Colourful, Comfortable, Confidence
What is that favorite accessory that you cannot leave the house without?
My handbag. I love buying beautiful and colourful purses, handbags, wallets and clutches. I love flaunting my possession.
Apart from fashion, what other things do you have great interest in?
Teaching small children and spending time with elderly, is my area of interest…It keeps me energetic and I get to learn a lot of real life lessons.. Also cooking, listening to Old songs, reading biographies, and travelling, are the things I am passionate about.
Milli, thank you so much for this lovely interview.