Beauty and Indian film industry have had a very strong relation from the very outset. Glamor is one thing that attracts both the industries. Wining a beauty pageant in a way becomes stepping stone for the silver screen. Lasses who want to make full use of their new found fame and recognition, often end up being a part of the film industry.
Their beauty crowns win them big banners and good project await them, willing to pay hefty amounts to act in their films. All this and much more comes their way without any prior experience in acting. Many beauty queens till date have created ripples in the industry. Its not only that these beauty queens end up only in the industry, some take up related stuff like modeling, television, fashion designing, fashion journalism and many more. The taste of popularity doesn't make them sit idle, very few settle for somthing less glamorous.
Meher Mistry, the first to get the crown of Femina Miss India in the year 1964, did not go to join the Hindi film industry instead she opted fashion writing and modeling to make her career.
There were three scintillating girls in 70s who made their way straight after winning the crown to the filmdom. Poonam Dhillon, who won the Miss Young India in 70s at the age of 16, later joined Bollywood bandwagon. Zeenat Aman, started her career as a jouranlist at Femina magazine in Mumbai after completing her studies from Los Angeles, taking over modeling and then Miss Asia Pacific in 1970. She stepped into Bollywood with Roti Kapra Aur Makan opposite Manoj Kumar, but it was Dev Anand, who gave her first hit, Hare Rama Hare Krishna in 1972. Zeenat till date is known for her stunt as a sex symbol in the 70s.
Tina Munim was another damsel, who won the International Teen Princess Award in 70s and was launched by Dev Anand in Des Pardes. All the three ladies hit big in the industry and created a rage in the industry.
After Zeenat, Poonam and Tina, it was Sangeeta Bijlani, who won the tiara of Miss India 1980. She was a famous name on the ramp but could hardly do a handful of films.
One of the finest examples of beauty, acting talent and innocence is Juhi Chawla. After winning Miss India crown in 1984, she made her Bollywood debut with then chocolate boy Aamir Khan in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. She is happily married to millionaire Jay Mehta and runs a production company, Dreams Unlimited, with Sharukh Khan and Aziz Mriza.
Sonu Walia was a psychology graduate and a student of journalism, who after winning the title of Miss India in 1985, took acting as a career.
Namarta Shirodker, Miss India 1993, in her very first film Jab Pyaar Kissi Se Hota Hai was launched opposite Salman Khan. She has kind of quite the film industry after marriage.
Sush, owned the title of Miss Universe in 1994, creating history of sorts. He first film Dastak, did not do well, howevre, today Suhmita is known for her intelligence, sense and short term affairs.
That very year, Aishwarya Rai won the Miss World tiara. She made her debut with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya opposite Bobby Deol. Today, she is married to Abhishek Bachchan and ranks as one of the world's most beautiful women.
Diana Hayden, Miss World in 1997, Yukta Mookhey Miss World 1999, tried their stints at acting, but could not do much. Gul Pang, Miss India 1999 did handsome jobs on the celluloid in the movies such as ‘Jurm’ and ‘Dor’. She is still in good demands by the filmmakers.
With the year 2000, three beautiful ladies- Lara Dutta- Miss Universe, Priyanka Chopra-Miss World, Diya Mirza- Miss Asia Pacific, not only took the world by storm but also the Hindi film industry. The three are doing pretty well in the films and rated the big actresses of Bollywood.
Celina Jaitley (Miss India 2001), a real crowd puller gal due to her curvaceous body is doing great in movies. Neha Dhupia, the dark brown-eyed girl (Miss India 2002) and Tanushree Dutta (Miss India 2004) are proving their skills of acting impeccably in Bollywood. Off late Miss India's are busy doing things other than Bollywood, but those who did make a mark are today the reigning queens.
Winning a pageant really takes a person much ahead of where she is, but as they say, in Bollywood, one is as good as his Friday release.