An ex­clu­sive look at the grand nale of the Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza 2017

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Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza, Mr & Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017, pre­sented by Anj Kreations, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sher­a­ton Grand, San­sui and Ghanasingh Fine Jew­els, in­deed de­fined an ex­tra­or­di­nary night! The con­tes­tants were groomed to rule the ramp by Lovell Prabhu of ELFA (event chore­og­ra­pher and groom­ing part­ner), Gold’s Gym (fit­ness part­ner), and Dr Ajwani’s Den­tal Clinic (den­tal care part­ner). A’Kreations (hair and make-up part­ner) en­hanced the beauty of the con­tes­tants, who were clad in stun­ning de­signs by Anj Kreations (de­sign part­ner). Gau­rav More (photography part­ner) cap­tured their beauty to the T. En­vis­age Events and En­ter­tain­ment (event part­ner) and Reach Out and In­spi­ra­tions (PR part­ners) made sure to cre­ate a buzz about the gala night! The vi­brant and joc­u­lar Sachin Khu­rana took to the stage, along with the gor­geous Sh­weta Raj, the reign­ing Miss Com­mon­wealth Asia Pa­cific, to play the per­fect hosts for the evening. They briefly in­tro­duced what the stun­ning event had in store for the au­di­ence, fol­lowed by an in­tro­duc­tion of the judges for the evening to the au­di­ence.

Pop­u­lar faces from var­i­ous are­nas graced the jury panel for the evening. Among thun­der­ous ap­plause, the likes of Sonalee Kulka­rni, Ab­hi­manyu Singh, An­joo Karan­jia, Dr Cyrus Poon­awala, Ku­nickaa Sadanand, Upen Pa­tel, Shama Sikan­der, Sau­rabh Gadgil and Neetu Chan­dra took upon them­selves the colos­sal task of choos­ing the best amongst the best. Af­ter a quick ad­dress by Nishad Shinde (Ed­i­tor, Ci­tadel) and a fe­lic­i­ta­tion of the jury mem­bers, the stage was all set to rock! The at­mos­phere re­ver­ber­ated with the echoes of He Ga­naraya as the city-based dance troupe Smash, chore­ographed by Shivam Jad­hav, took the cen­tre stage and gave an en­er­getic per­for­mance, with bass in­ter­min­gling with the de­vo­tional hues. The ode to the Ele­phant God was the per­fect start to the evening! Af­ter the open­ing per­for­mance, the au­di­ence got a glimpse of all the prior hard work that went into the mak­ing of the mar­vel­lous night with an au­dio-vis­ual clip. All of the metic­u­lous­ness that not only by the con­tes­tants, but also by the groom­ing team, put into the prep was ap­pre­ci­ated well. Fol­low­ing this, the fi­nal­ists made an ap­pear­ance on stage, clad in

tra­di­tional yet chic eth­nic wear by Anj Kreations. Dis­play­ing fi­nesse, they as­ton­ished the jury with their be­witch­ing ap­pear­ances. The con­tes­tants ex­uded a sense of roy­alty from head to toe! Car­ry­ing off the sher­wa­nis with an aura of supreme viril­ity, the men all looked snappy. The ladies fol­lowed, in all their glit­ter­ing glory. Per­son­i­fy­ing fem­i­nine grace, the damsels car­ried off the old-world charm like no­body’s busi­ness! Working round the clock, the taskmas­ters did a very com­mend­able job in­deed! Fash­ion chore­og­ra­pher Lovell Prabhu trained the con­tes­tants to per­fec­tion, while A’Kreations made sure that the con­tes­tants’ hair and make-up game was on point! It was now time to es­tab­lish their danc­ing skills, ac­quired through long prac­tice ses­sions by Shivam Jad­hav. With ut­most co-or­di­na­tion and grace, the fi­nal­ists shook a leg to the beats of Boyfriend ba­nale, a peppy dance num­ber

from the re­cent film, Mubarakan. The au­di­ence, too, were seen sway­ing to the tunes. Af­ter the per­for­mance, the con­tes­tants took on them­selves to own the stage with a ramp walk as the judges and the au­di­ence had a look at the con­fi­dence that was enun­ci­ated by them. The back­ground mu­sic, too, com­ple­mented them per­fectly, with hip-hop play­ing for the lads and a pow­er­ful hymn, cel­e­brat­ing fe­male power, for the maid­ens. The judges marked them for their ramp pres­ence, their at­ti­tude, and their abil­ity to carry the elab­o­rate cos­tumes and ac­ces­sories with style.

It was now time to con­fer the Ci­tadel Hon­ours, given ev­ery year to elo­quent names that have made a note­wor­thy con­tri­bu­tion to var­i­ous are­nas. Anirudh Dhoot (Direc­tor, Video­con) and Nari Hira (Chair­man, Magna Pub­lish­ing Co Ltd) took to the stage to present the hon­ours to the ex­em­plary Puneties. Sau­rabh Gadgil was awarded for his achieve­ments in busi­ness, hav­ing ex­panded PNG Jew­ellers, a lo­cal name, to global fron­tiers. The sec­ond hon­our was pre­sented to Asma Gulzar for her no­table con­tri­bu­tion to the field of fash­ion. She re­cited an en­cour­ag­ing sher, mo­ti­vat­ing the lis­ten­ers to achieve suc­cess in their lives. The third in line to re­ceive the hon­our was Reshma Saraf. A per­fec­tion­ist fash­ion de­signer and a diva, Reshma citied this to be a very proud mo­ment. Kam­lesh Hemdev of Ghanasingh Fine Jew­els was also hon­oured for his long term and promis­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with Ci­tadel. Next, Ar­shin Me­hta, for­mer Miss Ci­tadel Pune con­tes­tant, came on stage in a red-hot dress to speak about how the plat­form paved a way to her de­but as an ac­tress in the up­com­ing film, Rally. Ci­tadel has com­pleted 27 years of ex­cel­lence! In or­der to cel­e­brate the magazine’s suc­cess, a short au­dio-vis­ual clip glanc­ing through the glo­ri­ous jour­ney was shown to the au­di­ence. Ci­tadel has al­ways been a plat­form to show­case the best of Pune, an at­tribute that re­ceived ac­co­lades from the au­di­ence.

The an­tic­i­pa­tion was soar­ing, as it was now time for the fi­nal round. There was ten­sion all around as this was set to be an elim­i­na­tion round for the con­tes­tants. But none of it re­flected on their faces as they car­ried the so­phis­ti­cated west­ern wear with ut­most flam­boy­ance. The boys, clad in spruce tuxe­dos, had an aura of man­li­ness and a rough and tough at­ti­tude, while the ladies looked like real-life princesses in their in­tri­cate evening gowns. The sparkle of the jewellery flaunted by the beau­ties was not one to be missed. The beau­ti­ful and unique de­signs by Ghanasingh Fine Jew­els made sure to add a sil­ver lin­ing to the al­ready al­lur­ing fe­male fi­nal­ists. The glit­ter­ing ear­rings and the elab­o­rate neck­pieces were surely grab­bing many an eye­ball! The dis­tinc­tive fea­ture of the Ex­trav­a­ganza was the op­por­tu­nity given to the par­tic­i­pants to have a word with the judges. So, it was not just the fi­nal four con­tes­tants an­swer­ing the jury, but also the other way round! The wit and spon­tane­ity of the par­tic­i­pants left the au­di­ence in splits. Also, the suc­cess mantras of the judges were re­vealed. A fi­nal­ist, who was asked, “What is the most beau­ti­ful thing to touch?” replied, “A hu­man heart,” thus win­ning ev­ery­one’s hearts in­stantly. With this and more such amus­ing re­sponses by the fi­nal­ists, the se­lec­tion of the win­ner of the ti­tle was in­deed be­com­ing a her­culean task for the judges! Clearly, the com­pe­ti­tion had now be­come a cut­throat one.

As the jury panel got busy in eval­u­at­ing the fi­nal­ists to hand­pick the num­ber one, the mood was light­ened by the fiery per­for­mance on Mal­hari, a pop­u­lar song from the cult classic pe­riod drama Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani. The stage re­sounded to the tap­ping of feet of Shivam Jad­hav and the Smash troupe. The dance was zeal re­de­fined! Af­ter the per­for­mance, the an­chors gave a vote of thanks to all the spon­sors, as­so­ci­ates and part­ners who made the event as grand as it could have ever been. Ashok Dhamankar and Nishad Shinde handed out bou­quets to the spon­sors as a to­ken of grat­i­tude and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The pre­lude to the be­stow­ing of the ti­tles be­gan with the dec­la­ra­tion of all the var­i­ous sub-ti­tles and t he run­ners-up. And then it was time to un­veil the Au­gust is­sue of Ci­tadel. Pad­mashree Mad­hur Bhan­darkar and ac­tress Kirti Kul­hari, the Chief Guests of the evening, un­veiled the Ci­tadel Au­gust 2017 is­sue amidst loud ap­plause. They graced the cover page of the is­sue. As the heart­beats were ris­ing, it was fi­nally the time to de­clare the win­ners of the evening. The an­tic­i­pa­tion was on an all time high as the an­chors de­clared Ro­han Son­awane and Priya Singh as win­ners of the Mr and Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017 ti­tles, amidst thun­der­ous ap­plause and cheer­ing. Pune had fi­nally got its reign­ing Mr and Miss Ci­tadel Pune for the year. The glam­orous saga con­cluded with din­ner and cock­tails. The evening was surely one of its kind, and will be mak­ing a buzz for years to come!

Male con­tes­tants look­ing dap­per in tuxe­dos de­signed by Anj Kreations

Mr. & Mrs Ramesh Hi­ranan­dani of Hira In­dus­tries with Ke­shav Nandikol

Saba Poon­awalla and Ru­juta Kulka­rni

Shama Sikan­der

Sau­rabh Gadgil

Rakesh Dhand­ha­nia with friend

Rashmi Jha

Neetu Chan­dra

Nari Hira (Chair­man, Magna Pub­lish­ing Co Ltd)

Lovell Prabhu with the win­ners

Ashok Dhamankar, Dr. Cyrus Poon­awalla and Anirudh Dhoot

Ku­mar Sh­wetabh, Preeta Nair & Su­nil Khavnekar

Naresh Shimpi, Direc­tor, Mal­har Com­mu­ni­ca­tions with Ke­shav Nandikol

Mr & Mrs Me­hta

Vi­neet Raut

Su­nan­dita Das­gupta, Priyanko Das­gupta, Somen Ban­er­jee, Vaishali Ban­er­jee, Neeta Gandhi, Nilesh Gandhi, Ke­shav Nandikol and Manoj Mukher­jee

Dr. Dim­ple Ajwani, Mrs & Mr. Bung with friend

Asma Gulzar and Lovell Prabhu with the ti­tle and sub-ti­tle win­ners of Mr & Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017

Har­ish Marathe

Kam­lesh Hemdev of Ghanasingh Fine Jew­els - Kam­lesh Hemdev Group

Dr. Shaili Shah with hus­band

Dr. Cyrus Poon­awalla

Fe­male con­tes­tants show­cas­ing west­ern out­fits de­signed by Anj Kreations

Chanda Patil with friends

An­joo Karan­jia

Ashok Dhamankar & Nishad Shinde fe­lic­i­tat­ing Shivaram Bhan­dari

Aakanksha Chopde, Ci­tadel cor­re­spon­dent

Ar­shin Me­hta

Anirudh Dhoot, Direc­tor, Video­con

Ti­tle win­ners with the dig­ni­taries

Geetika Saraf, one of the fe­male fi­nal­ists sport­ing amaz­ing eth­nic col­lec­tion by Anj Kreations

Sonalee Kulka­rni

Sonalee Kulka­rni, Ro­han Son­awane, Dr. Hi­man­shu Ajwani, Dr. Dim­ple Ajwani and Shirin Ker­mani

Nari Hira hon­our­ing Ro­han Son­awane (Mr Ci­tadel Pune 2017)

Nari Hira and Anirudh Dhoot hon­our­ing Kam­lesh Hemdev

Nari Hira and Anirudh Dhoot fe­lic­i­tat­ing Sau­rabh Gadgil

Asma Gulzar be­ing fe­lic­i­tated by Nari Hira and Anirudh Dhoot

Kirti Kul­hari, Mad­hur Bhan­darkar, Nari Hira and Nishad Shinde

Kirti Kul­hari and An­joo Karan­jia with the win­ners of Mr & Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017

Upen Pa­tel

The dancers per­form­ing on Ganesh Van­dana

Mad­hur Bhan­darkar hon­our­ing Priya Singh (Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2017)

The au­di­ence were seen groov­ing to the Bol­ly­wood dance num­ber per­formed by Shivam & crew

Ci­tadel The team

Ku­nickaa Sadanand

Tushar Ra­manan

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