A look into the may­hem of choos­ing the nal­ists

En­thu­si­asm and ex­cite­ment ruled the AU­DI­TIONS of the Mr & Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017 pageant! As­pir­ing mod­els from all walks of life com­peted to make it to as fi­nal­ists who would get a chance to walk the ramp! Ci­tadel cor­re­spon­dent Aakanksha Chopde gives insi

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With big dreams of rul­ing the ramps, the hand­some hunks and beau­ti­ful belles, within the age group of 16-24, gath­ered at the Ci­tadel of­fice on the an­tic­i­pated day of the au­di­tions to prove their com­pe­tence and stun the es­teemed panel of judges. Defin­ing panache, the con­tes­tants car­ried them­selves with self-con­fi­dence, and wit­tily replied to each ques­tion thrown at them. Be­fore the start of the au­di­tion­ing process, the bustling en­ergy was ev­i­dent at the of­fice, which is quiet and peace­ful oth­er­wise. The con­tes­tants were seen fill­ing the forms, mark­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tions of t hem­selves. The prompt t eam of NIEM stu­dents were busy co-or­di­nat­ing and help­ing them with small queries and run­ning zero-hour er­rands, not only for the au­di­tions, but also for the cur­tain raiser press con­fer­ence that was to be held the same evening at Ho­tel Pride. The judges too were well on time and took their seats promptly. There was a flow of ex­cite­ment all around as the judges and the par­tic­i­pants both geared up for the au­di­tions! As the time to face the jury came nearer and nearer, the at­mos­phere turned anx­ious. Each of the con­tes­tants geared up to put their best foot for­ward and make a last­ing im­pres­sion on the minds of the eval­u­a­tors. There were last minute touch-ups, the fi­nal looks in the mir­rors, and a deep-breath be­fore fac­ing the panel. The row of judges in­cluded es­teemed names from the media and fash­ion in­dus­tries. The jury mem­bers com­prised of Sh­weta Raj (Miss Com­mon­wealth Asia Pa­cific 2016), Dr Azeem Khoja (Cos­metic Den­tist), Dr Shaili Shah (of The Wed­ding Clinic), Lovell Prabhu (Show Direc­tor), Nari Hira (Chair­man, Magna Pub­lish­ing), Ashok Dhamankar (Ad­ver­tis­ing Direc­tor, Magna Pub­lish­ing) and Nishad Shinde (Ed­i­tor, Ci­tadel). The par­tic­i­pants made an ap­pear­ance one by one and in­tro­duced them­selves, with ooz­ing grace. Then be­gan the lively give and take of words as the jury asked var­ied ques­tions and the par­tic­i­pants proved them­selves with cheer­ful, jolly and clever re­sponses. Nowhere was there a trace of ner­vous­ness on their faces as they pre­sented their best selves. In­deed, se­lect­ing the crème-de-la-crème was one colos­sal task! Af­ter much con­tem­pla­tion, four­teen fi­nal­ists were cho­sen, who’d grace the grand night of the fi­nale! Among the men were Prab­hu­raj Jadon, Naved Shaikh, Prathamesh Sathe, Sid­dhant Roy, Youg­in­der Singh, Praveen Purena and Ro­han Son­awane. The fe­male fi­nal­ists were Shirin Ker­mani, Priya Singh, Swarupa Am­bad, Shradha Hirve, Nimisha Katare, Tashi Chom­bal Dorji and Geetika Saraf. All the hus­tle-bus­tle came to an end with photo-ops of the judges and short­listed con­tes­tants...

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