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|| : ||Gul
Kirat Panag |
|| : ||5'
of Birth || : ||Jan
3, 1977 |
Sign || : ||Capricorn
won || : ||Miss
India 1999 |
, you can see this dimple cheeked girl from Chandiragh in at least two music videos.
She always wanted to do something great in life and leave her mark,"
says an elated Col. Shamsher Singh, Gul's grandfather, upon her winning Miss India
Since she comes from an Army background, Gul has had her education
at various places in the country and abroad. Born in Chandigarh, she learnt her
alphabets at a school in Patiala. When her father was sent on an assignment to
Russia, she continued to study in a school at Bassi Pathana, near Chandigarh,
and stayed with her grand-parents.
She is an alumnus of Kendriya Vidyalaya,
Sector 31, Chandigarh. She also studied at Lawrence School, Lovedale, Ooty.
Gul, who doesn't have any modelling experience so far, started preparing
for the Femina contest in August last year. A Bombay photographer, Prakash Jha,
made her portfolio and advised her to shed some weight from her 56 kilos since
her "jaw line was not showing as prominently as it should have."
Jha's advise seriously, Gul immediately joined a gymnasium and got on to a strict
exercise regimen which involved jogging, body toning and diet control. Her new
portfolio wasn't circulated at all and was sent only for the Femina contest.
Prior to the Femina Miss India crown, Gul bagged the Colgate Miss Beautiful
Smile contest in Chennai.
Gul Panag Says :
AS an eight-year-old, I dreamed that I wanted to be a beauty
queen. All I saw in it, then, was the fame and glamour. My dream came true, but
with it also came the realisation that to achieve anything in life, a lot more
needs to be done than just dream. After I had decided to chase this dream, came
the task of getting my act together. My pictures were selected. I was called to
Delhi for the preliminary judging. I went in full of confidence, but all those
gorgeous girls did not exactly boost it. All I could do was pray - I wanted to
clear the prelims and be a finalist, knowing that in itself would open up a lot
of opportunities for me. Winning the crown was the last thing on my mind then.
For me beauty is that which brings out the inner self of a person. Describing
actress Dmple Kapadia, writer Arundhati Roy and Andhra Pradesh chief minister
N. Chandrababu Naidu as her concept of "truly beautiful" people, Gul Panag adds:
"While physical beauty is the extension of nature, it is the inner self that really
extends the concept of genuine beauty.
Giving partial credit to the
Indian Army for her success at the Femina Ms India pageant, Gul said, "The children
of the people employed with the defence services get adequate exposure, which
gives them confidence in themselves. This is perhaps the reason why we are seeing
so many boys and girls from the defence background having an edge when they enter
the glamour business."
Her concept of the man she would like is clear
and focused. "Mr Right for me will be the man who is successful in his chosen
career and has a vision for tomorrow. He must respect fidelity and have a sense
Behind Gul's pretty face and intelligent mind is another
pretty face and intelligent mind, her well-known aunt Komal G.B.Singh, who helped
steer her way through the competition to the sparkling crown. Komal's is the face
that TV watchers have admired for a long time.
Gul also has a panache
for languages and cooking. She speaks English, Hindi, a smattering of Tamil too
("because I studied at the Lawrence School Lovedale when my dad was posted in
in Wellington, Ooty") and Spanish enough to last her "in Spain for a couple of
Fast-paced dance music flows out of her music system no matter
what she's doing. "I love to listen to music while washing clothes, doing my bed
up or reading. I also like instrumental music," she says. Gul wears sarees for
formal occasions. The rest of the time, it is a pair of jeans. She's always been
on top of the world (for a few years, Gul studied in an school in Leh, the highest
school in the world). And now she has the highest position in the world of glamour.