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Miss India America Pageant, 2009



CALIFORNIA, USA, Aug. 26, 2009

Neresha Sukreem of South Africa was named Miss India Globe 2009 at a star studded event which brought together celebrities both from Hollywood and Bollywood to Jinnder’s 18th Annual Miss India pageant. The pageant was presented by: South Asia Magazine, Sahara One TV, Dr. Darshan Shah of Beautologie Malibu, and, plus over 50 sponsors from around the world.

Early in the afternoon many celebrities started gracing the event, making a splash on the red carpet being photographed and interviewed by the huge gathering of mainstream media and South Asian media. Actress & Singer Kiely Williams of Cheetah Girls fame looked stunning in a Pria Kataaria Puri silk jersey gowns and antique uncut bangles. Kiely was also the cover girl to South Asia Magazine’s latest issue revealed that night. Kiely was seen posing by the huge displays of her South Asia Magazine cover.

Actor Rahul Khanna, son of Vinod Khanna, was charming to all media and attendees. Rahul readily posed with all his fans as they eagerly came up to request a picture with him. Producer/Director Harry Baweja of Love Story 2050 announced to media on the red carpet that he was a judge for the show and was ready to check out the contestants’ talent.

Actress Lisa Ray was seen on the red carpet in a Pria Kataaria Puri gold dress, and later was seen wearing an off-white tulle elegant indo-western outfit by the same designer. Ray was a judge of Mr. & Miss India Globe, plus she asked the questions to the top Finalists at the pageant.

Other celebrities on the red carpet were Punjabi Actress Kimi Verma of ‘Mera Pind’, Actress Mallika Sherawat, Executive Producer Jinnder Chohaan, Miss South Asia 2008-Gunjan Nanda, Hollywood Actor Marco Khan of 10,000 BC & Pirates of the Caribbean, Celebrity Trainer Reran Jalali, Co-Presenter Plastic Surgeon Dr. Darshan Shah, Miss India America 2008-Ridhi Patel, Producer Brad Listermann of My Faraway Bride, Jagriti Founder Kamlesh Chauhan, Mr. India Globe 2008-Vikas Mehandroo, Fashion Designers Rohini Bedi and Pria Kataaria Puri, and many others.

Many celebrities were seen going into South Asia Magazine’s celebrity room, where only high level sponsors, celebrity ticket holders, media, and celebrities were allowed to enter.

After dinner by Rupee Room Indian Restaurant of Orange County, the event opened with Mumbai based Pria Kataaria Puri’s spectacular fashion show, showcasing her 'Kashmir Ki Kali' collection. Top models walked the ramp for Pria Kataaria Puri. All the models in the fashion show were Jinnder’s past Miss India winners from Miss India America, Miss India California, Miss South Asia, Miss India Galaxy, and Miss India Globe –now modeling under Pria said, “I am very excited and honored to represent India in an international platform for a great cause at such a well-respected event.” Kiely Williams walked the ramp for the finale of the fashion show to show a Pria design she was wearing.

An upbeat bollywood item followed Pria’s collection by Zamana dance group. Then California based designer Rohini Bedi displayed her collection with the theme “The Bold & the Beautiful”. For the past 15 years, Rohini has been designing and selling her label in many designer stores all over the world. Again models from were seen on the ramp.

The pageant kicked off with the Indian formal wear competition. After the first segment, Bollywood Actress Mallika Sherawat was seen on stage and took the mike. Mallika also used this time to speak about the charity group Jagriti and their fight against domestic violence.

Executive Producer of Mr. & Miss India Globe, Jinnder Chohaan, addressed the audience, “I would like to thank Sahara One for being our TV media partner. A big thanks to all the celebrities that came out tonight from all over - Rahul Khanna, Kiely Williams, Lisa Ray, Harry Baweja, Kimi Verma, Mallika Sherawat – and too many more to mention right now, but you know you all made it more special tonight. I admire our designers’ amazing talent Rohini Bedi and Pria Kataaria Puri from Mumbai seen in the fashion shows, and I know everyone loved their collections.”

Bollywood superstar Vinod Khanna was honored with The Elite Awards’ Lifetime Achievement 2009 in recognition for his contribution to Indian cinema. Papiha Nandy of Salaam Namaste displayed a dramatic audio visual tribute to Bollywood legend Vinod Khanna. Dr Pravin Syal introduced Actor Rahul Khanna, who received the award on behalf of his father, who was unable to make it due to a family emergency in India.

When Jinnder Chohaan presented the award, Rahul mentioned, “My dad really wanted to be here tonight. He is very honored to receive this award.” Rahul added, “My dad is a man of many accomplishments. He’s a great actor, he was a huge star, but I think his greatest accomplishment is that of being a great human being. My dad has a great sense of compassion, and he is one of the few actors I know who, especially in his heyday, enjoyed his fans a lot and respected them, and he especially feels very lovingly towards his international fans.”

The Elite Awards were also given for Exceptional Achievement and the honorees were Kiely Williams (Cheetah Girl), Harry Baweja (Bollywood Producer & Director), Actress Lisa Ray (Water), Brad Listermann (Producer of ‘My Faraway Bride’), Kimi Verma (Punjabi Actress of ‘Sat Sri Akal’), Marco Khan (Hollywood Actor of ‘10,000 BC’), Kamlesh Chauhan ( Hindi novelist), and Rehan Jalali (Celebrity Trainer).

Brad Listermann announced, “The 90210 talent agency that handles top models and talent worldwide will be signing the winner of Jinnder’s pageant to a one year contract, making her the first Indian representative that we have in the agency.”

The talent segment saw the best performances letting the audience appreciate the contestants even more. Sohum Bhatt from Texas and Ajay Lall of New York both showed martial arts for talent, smashing bricks and planks. Varun Pruthi did an excellent Michael Jackson showstopper, while Amit Mehta had the crowd cheering to his vigorous bhangra dance. Taranum Bhatti danced to ‘Dafliwale’, Anjali Chatwani danced to an old film dance ‘Appalam’, and Neresha Sukreem of South Africa did a graceful bollywood dance.

The American formal wear had the men looking handsome in tuxedos, while the ladies shined in elegant evening gowns. The top finalists were then announced, and the finalists were asked questions by Actress Lisa Ray and Mr. India Globe 2008 Vikas Mehandroo.
During the question segment, Mr. India Globe 2008 asked Neresha of South Africa, “What interesting place would take me to?” She said without the slightest hesitation, “It would have to be South Africa to see its rich diversity, its spectacular scenery, and beautiful animals.”

The event was emceed by Jinnder’s sister Revi, who was also the director of Mr. & Miss India Globe pageant. Revi had the audience rolling to her impromptu comments, and celebrities were seen going up to her during the show congratulating the talented host. DJ Deepak Ruparelia was responsible for the show’s sound and lighting. Makeup artists were Nida Nafees and Ami Rawal Desai, and hair by Dolly’s Salon.

First winner announcements were in the Mrs. India contest, Pallavi Darne was declared the top winner, with Reshma Chamberlin as Mrs. India North America title and Brintha Gardner was Mrs. India America and Mrs. Photogenic 2009. Ancy Binny was Sahara One People’s Choice winner for Mrs. India.

In the men’s competition, Amit Mehta won Mr. India Globe 2009, Ajay Lall was named Mr. India North America, who was also Mr. Photogenic 2009. The title Mr. India America 2009 went to Sunny Vacchar, who also took Sahara One’s People Choice Award.

Neresha Sukreem clearly was the winner of the night, as she grabbed the top title of Miss India Globe 2009. Miss India Galaxy 2009 went to Anjali Chatwani, Taranum Bhatti took the title Miss India North America 2009, Diana Pinto is Miss India America 2009, plus Miss Photogenic, and the Miss India California 2009 went to Disha Patel. Jasdeep Malhi from Washington was voted Sahara One TV’s People’s Choice Winner.

Jinnder declared, “I know a lot of people from many different countries were here tonight and many others still wanted to be here tonight. Well luckily, they still get to see it in a few weeks when it’s aired on Sahara One TV, which reaches over 25 countries. Sahara One will air Miss India Globe 2009 separately, with our Mr. & Mrs. India pageant seen at a different airing time.”

Attendees at Jinnder’s 18th Annual gala were seen enjoying the rest of the evening, gleaming with delight, after they experienced an amazing red carpet with so many celebrities, fashion show, and pageant. Later the contestants were getting advice from Bollywood film maker Harry Baweja, posing with celebrities, and getting interviewed by media on the red carpet again.

Kamlesh Chauhan, Jagriti Charity Founder, stated “The show was a big success, and was fully sold out! I’ve only been hearing huge praises about the pageant. It’s such a great feeling.”




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