Pageant Achievements: Priyanka Chopra
Runner Up, Femina Miss India, 2000
Recognize that young women? Why, that’s Priyanka Chopra! Runner up behind Lara Dutta in the 2000 Femina Miss India pageant.
Little did this lucky girl know she would be starring opposite Shahrukh one day...
Shahrukh: “I’m as nervous as you are. I grow weak in the presence of beauty.”
Priyanka: “Thank you very much.”
Shahrukh: “I’m going to read out my question. It’s long but the answer would be quite simple, I’m sure. [pause] This is hypothetical. Who would you rather marry - a great Indian sportsman with all the records in Indian cricket like Asar-bhai here, who makes our country proud, will take you all around the world, and make you swell with pride, or an artistic businessman with a difficult name name to pronounce like Swarovski who would bedeck you with jewels and fine necklaces and you’ll never have to buy a chandelier for your house ever again or a Hindi film star like me [puases for crowd cheering] who has nothing better to do than to give you complicated multiple choice questions about a hypothetical wedding like this.
And before you answer, let me tell you, whatever your answer is, isn’t going to prejudice our marks for you, I’m sure. Asar-bhai and Swarovski won’t mind... so go for me if you...”
Priyanka: “Thank you very much, sir. Well if I was to choose one of these very three difficult choices, I think I would go for a great Indian sportsman. Because when I come back home, or when he comes back home, I know I will be there to be his support, to tell him I’m proud of him just as much as India is. To be able to tell him, ‘Hey, look, you did your best and you are the best.’ And I will take immense pride in my husband, who will be a man of strong character if he can bring so much pride to my country. Thank you very much.”
(And, yes, that’s Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza - the winner and 2nd runner up, respectively!)
Miss World, 2000
You want to start about 4:50 into this video...
Look at that face! She’s so excited!
The weight of the crown...
Yes, darling, it’s there! You won!
With mum and dad...
With fellow pageant queen Dia Mirza, who won Miss Asia Pacific that same year!
Priyanka Chopra has long since traded her sash and crown for movie cameras but she returned as a judge in the Miss World pageant of 2009!