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PFMI World ‘09 Pooja Chopra’s campaign at the Miss World event was doubtful as she was injured just a day before the final event. However, she did make Indians feel proud as she won the Beauty With A Purpose award at the competition. Other nominees for the award were Miss Barbados and Miss Guatemala. The kind award is given to a contestant who has done a thorough charitable work in her home country. Pooja is actively involved in a campaign to save the girl child in India.
The award made Pooja an easy entry to Miss World 2009 semi-finals, where when all the contestants were seen gliding on the stage, Pooja appeared with a cast on her leg. When Pooja was eliminated from the pageant, her sister Shubhra Mendonca said, “Pooja has definitely made India proud. I am getting calls from all over India. But I still believe that if she had not been injured, she would have surely got the crown home. She had taken heavy painkillers just to be on stage for this evening. She was crying backstage too. She was shattered because of this mishap. Throughout her entire life, Pooja has always been a winner, be it Miss Pune or at the NDA ball.”
Suffering from the mishap, Pooja was already started losing hope before the finale as she had said, “I already feel I am out of the competition.” She had been advised by doctors to take bed rest for three weeks. However, determined Pooja walked across the stage with the help of painkillers. When she was announced as one of the semi-finalists, she burst into tears. “I am speechless at this moment,” said Pooja, hugging anchor Angela Chow.
Her sister added, “My mother is also in South Africa, and just told me that everybody is congratulating her. Being the elder sister, I was quite worried for her and had initially advised her to back out, but Pooja was furious. She replied, ‘It’s not Pooja Chopra participating in Miss World, it’s Miss India.’ If it was some other girl, she would’ve surely withdrawn, but it was only Pooja’s strength and desire to win that kept her going.”
The finale of Miss World 2009 is about to start in Johannesburg tonight, while Indian contestant Pooja Chopra is under a spell of misfortune with sprained ankle on the eve of final event. Now she has a cast up to her knee, which means when other 112 contestants will be walking smoothly and effortlessly on the stage, Pooja will be conscious with each step with the cast. However, except the physical difficulty nothing can hold her back, as she is high on spirits and excited to represent her nation.
“I wonder what destiny holds for me,” questions Pooja. Hopes of millions of Indians rest up on her and today she not only needs luck but people’s prayers too. “Is the crown going to be mine? I only thought of myself as a winner all the while. Now I need the people’s prayers to help me overcome this trauma,” she adds from Johannesburg.
After the accident, Pooja was wondering to know why God had brought her so far… to go through such a pain just before her final presentation. “But then, I feel I must stand tall,” she motivates herself.
Meanwhile, Julia Morley the organiser of the event, being kind to Pooja told her not to participate in dance round but walk few steps on stage. The girl is determined to do so says, “I know there’s tremendous compassion for me as the pageant itself stands for that value. But I am also aware that this is a beauty contest and my looks are going to be judged apart from my brains.”
Pooja’s mother Neera Chopra is accompanying her at the event and she prays, “I hope my daughter’s dream to win the crown is realised.”
Meanwhile, the high on spirit and determined Pooja says, “Today, I shall stand tall for my country and no one can hold me back.”
Watch the finale on Zee Cafe at 8 pm. Moreover, former Miss World and Indian beauty Priyanka Chopra will be there as one of the judges.