The glamorous industry of Bollywood owes a lot to the Miss India pageant; a talent house which has produced some of the biggest film stars. The names include Nutan, Zeenat Aman, Juhi Chawla, Meenakshi Seshadri, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra.
And now another Miss India participant Rakul Preet Singh is all set to enter the glittering world with Yaariyaan; the directorial debut of T-Series' head honcho Bhushan Kumar's wife Divya Kumar.
"Yaariyaan is about five college friends and I play a nerd in the film. One who is very good with numbers," quips the leading lady. The character is quite of her liking, as the tall and lissome Rakul is a mathematics graduate, who has studied financial management.
Moreover, like many previous beauty pageant winners, she comes from a family background of the Indian Army. Rakul won various titles in the Miss India pageant of 2011. She bagged Miss India People's Choice, Miss Beautiful Eyes, Miss Beautiful Smile, Miss Fresh Face, Miss Talented and emerged the third runner-up finalist.
Soon after, she participated in Miss Tourism in China and rose to the sixth position in the international pageant. But that's not all to her Libran multi-faceted personality! Apart from Hindi, English and Punjabi, the gal has now learnt to speak Tamil and Telugu and also acted in Southern hits.
Her die-hard interests include horse riding, Bharatanatyam, and hold your breath; golf too. Now, now! How many Bollywood actresses would have engaged in playing golf! But if you think, that's enough for Rakul, you are mistaken!
The girl is a fitness freak with gymming and swimming being her daily addictions. She's a Blue Belt in Karate, plays cricket, basket ball and even lawn tennis! And wait, did we tell you, she's particularly proud of her 36-24-36 figure! Ooh la la!
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Story first published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 12:59 [IST]