Dia Mirza crowns Miss Mrs Mr India Australia 2018 winners

By Neeru Saluja

Glamour, glitz and grace ruled this years’ Miss Mrs Mr India Australia pageant where Bollywood queen and Miss Asia Pacific 2000 Dia Mirza crowned the well-deserved winners.

Tall and beautiful Sujneet Kaur Johal, a standout competitor and audience favourite was crowned Miss India Australia 2018. Nancy Arora won the title of Mrs India Australia and Aariz Jamali became Mr India Australia 2018. Runner ups were Miss Shanjida Kabir Borsha, Mrs Rukshana Afu and Mr Nikhil Goyal respectively.

As the pageant entered into it’s sixth year, Miss India Australia Corporation and Maharaja Haveli stepped a level above with a sold out event, an international pageant title holder as the chief judge and fitting in all the rounds approximately within the scheduled time. Director Reena Koak’s vision infused with the creative choreography by Sumati Swastik Dance that imparted the pageant with a glamourous yet elegant touch.

The event started by the customary royal entry of the Bollywood diva on a palki. Dressed in a shiny white and silver lace saree by celebrity designer Manish Malhotra, the pristine beauty looked every inch of a queen. Actress, social worker and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador for India, Dia gracefully walked the ramp and spoke on environmental conversation, human rights and air quality in Sydney. She was aptly awarded as the ”˜Woman of Substance’ and ”˜Green Crusader’ by the event organisers.

As the chief judge of the event, she was joined by a diverse judging panel comprising of Miss Mary Mehajer, Brooke Murray, Madison Croft, Craig Kelly MP and Mr Bipin Sharma.

Hosted by MCs Jazeel Mistry and Kim Cancellior, the pageant kicked off with the first round of traditional wear. As the contestants were dressed in heavy Indian attire from head to toe, it looked like a scene straight from an Indian wedding. Within a while though, the Indian wedding turned into an Aussie beach! The swimsuit round let the women show off their curves and the men show off their six packs and muscles drawing whistles from the eager crowd.

In between the rounds, the audience were entertained to fusion dancing on western and Bollywood catchy numbers. The meet and greet ticket holders were allowed to get photos with Dia Mirza who appeared calm and composed, extending her warmth to the kids tagged along by the parents on the stage.

The final round was the most grilling round as one could see the contestants getting stressed. The glitzy cocktail round was soon followed by the Q&A round with ten shortlisted contestants. The judging panel had an array of questions ready for the contestants ranging from topics on global warming, their greatest fear, women empowerment and bullied teenagers, which were aptly answered by most. The competition was getting tough as Mary Mehajer commented she found it very difficult to score the contestants than last year.

But as they say the winners take it all! Proudly wearing the crown and sashaying the ramp, the triumphant winners were crowned by Dia Mirza, accompanied by director Reena Koak and Mr Satinder Benepal on stage. As a true beauty queen, Dia Mirza was also seen talking to other contestants giving them her support and encouraging words.

One of the contestants’ answer to the final round question was that she’d like to conquer the world, thanks to Reena Koak who has single handedly made the dream happen for Aussie Indian girls and of course boys and women too.

The journey has just started for the winners, as they will next compete in an international pageant and use their title holding their promises.








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