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Tanushree Dutta crowned Miss India

March 28, 2004 01:58 IST

Jamshedpur girl Tanushree Dutta, 21, was crowned Ponds Femina Miss India Universe 2004 at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday night.

Dutta, a dusky B Com second year student from Pune University, bagged the coveted crown amidst stiff competition from 29 contestants who were chosen from about 6,000 girls from all over the country.

The ceremony, held at the sprawling Bandra-Kurla Complex, saw Lakshmi Pandit, 22, a Mumbai-based classical dancer walking away with the Miss India World title.

An aspiring model, Sayali Bhagat, who is pursuing her bachelor of management studies degree, was adjudged Miss India Earth.

Dutta's reply to actor Sanjay Dutt's question in the final round, whether there was a healthy competition when only one wins, won her the crown.

The audience broke into applause when she replied, "When there is unhealthy competition everybody is a loser."

Besides Dutt, the jury also included actors Fardeen Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu and R Madhavan, choreographer Farah Khan, singer-actor Sonu Nigam and designers Ritu Beri and Hemant Trivedi.

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