Former Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is making her Bollywood debut with one of India’s biggest production houses.
The gorgeous 22-year-old has been signed with Yash Raj Films, to portray Manushi as the heroine of their biggest historical film ‘Prithviraj’.
Based on the life and heroism of the fearless and mighty King Prithviraj, the film also stars Akshay Kumar. In ‘Prithviraj’ Manushi will play the role of the gorgeous Sanyogita, Prithiviraj’s love of life.
The film is being directed by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi who directed the television epic ‘Chanakya’ – based on the life and times of the most influential political strategist of India and the multiple award-winning ‘Pinjar’.
Dwivedi says: “We auditioned a lot of young, fresh faces for the role because we were looking for a stunningly gorgeous Indian heroine.
“While Sanyogita (the role Manushi is playing) was an incredibly beautiful person, she was also a strong, confident girl.
“We were looking to find someone who could match the magnetic persona of Sanyogita and we found that in Manushi. She auditioned for the role a couple of times because we wanted to be dead sure with this casting and she nailed it each time.
“She has been rehearsing six days a week since then and she is being thoroughly groomed for the last 9 months by YRF.”
YRF has always discovered supremely talented outsiders like Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma etc. who have become stars in their own right. So all eyes on Manushi as a heroine to watch out for. YRF has also signed her on as their talent and will manage Manushi completely.
Manushi says: “It is a huge honour to have been chosen by a production house like Yash Raj Films as their heroine!
“I’m thoroughly happy and thrilled about the learnings that I will have through this journey.
“My life, so far, has really been a fairy tale. From becoming Miss India and then Miss World to now getting such a big project as my debut film, it’s like a new, exciting chapter of my life.
“It is a huge responsibility to play princess Sanyogita. She was a powerful personality and she stood up for what is right and took the most important decisions of her life by herself. Her life is an extremely important chapter in Indian history and I will try my best to play her as accurately as possible,” Manushi adds.
Manushi is also a good example of beauty with brains as Manushi has a strong voice and is an opinion leader who takes a stand on societal issues.
Immediately after winning Miss World, she conceived and founded a non-profit organisation, Project Shakti, aimed at improving the menstrual hygiene of women in India.
Manushi works with women in over 20 villages of India to spread the message of sanitation. Today, this organisation provides free sanitary pads among women and has also empowered the women of the community by making them earn a living and become self-reliant.