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The winners of the Pantaloons Femina Miss India (PFMI) 2011 pageant were declared at a star-studded event at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studio.

Fittingly, two girls from Mumbai won titles on Thursday night. PFMI World Kanishtha Dhankhar and PFMI International Ankita Shorey are both from Maximum City. Delhi’s Hasleen Kaur was crowned PFMI Earth. In answer to the final question, ‘There is a lot that children can learn from mothers but what can mothers learn from children?’ Kanishtha said, “Children can learn everything from mothers and vice versa. We live in contemporary India where we have a voice and a choice. Mothers can learn to dream from us, we can set an example for them.” The PFMI 2011 winners were crowned by PFMI World 2010 Manasvi Mamgai, Miss Earth 2010 and PFMI Earth 2010 Nicole Faria and PFMI International 2010 Neha Hinge. Tarun Jha, head of marketing, Skoda Auto India, handed the winners the keys of the Skoda Fabia as their grand prize. The crowns for the pageant were designed by Forever Jewellery.

Planet Beautiful

THRICE AS NICE : The winners of the country’s biggest beauty pageant were announced before a select gathering at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai on Thursday. Pantaloons Femina Miss India (PFMI) World 2011 Kanishtha Dhankhar (centre) and PFMI International 2011 Ankita Shorey (right) are both Mumbai girls, while PFMI Earth 2011 Hasleen Kaur (left) is from Delhi. Kanishtha, 22, is from H R College and fellow Mumbaikar Sachin Tendulkar is her favourite sportsperson.

The PFMI 2011 contestants underwent an intensive 30-day training session at Novotel, Mumbai Juhu Beach. An accomplished team of experts led these youngsters through the task, namely diction expert Sabira Merchant, cosmetologist and dermatologist Dr Jamuna Pai, smile care expert Dr Sandesh Mayekar, fitness expert Yasmin Karachiwala, rampwalk trainer Alesia Raut and creative director of PFMI 2011, Marc Robinson. The official photographer was Jitu Savlani while the designer and stylist was Gaviin C Miguel. Hair and make-up was taken care of by experts Bharat and Dorris while image and makeover was managed by stylist Queenie Singh. Bharat and Dorris also did the hair and makeup of all contestants at the finale. Prasad Bidappa was contestant advisor. Amidst the bunch of 500-odd spectators, it was a small cluster of seats facing the ladies that occupied their attention. The army of judges included Prachi Desai, Kangana Ranaut, Fardeen Khan, Dino Morea Ritu Kumar, Leander Paes, Tarun Mansukhani, Sajid Nadiadwala and Shiamak Davar. Nadiadwala declared Ankita Mohapatra the winner of the Bollywood Diva title. The lucky girl will be cast in a film under the Nadiadwala Grandsons Entertainment banner

Source: : April 15, 2011, TNN