Meenakshi Chaudhary

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Meenakshi Chaudhary
Meenakshi Chaudhary at Times Now NRI of the year award, 2018.jpg
Chaudhary in 2018
Born (1997-03-05) 5 March 1997 (age 25)
EducationSt. Soldier International Convent School
Alma materNational Dental College and Hospital
  • Actor
  • model
  • beauty pageant titleholder
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBrown

Meenakshi Chaudhary is an Indian actor, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She represented the state of Haryana at the Femina Miss India 2018 pageant, where she was crowned as Miss Grand India. Chaudhary represented India at Miss Grand International 2018 and was crowned as 1st runner up.[1] She will make her Tollywood acting debut in 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

Chaudhary was born in Panchkula, Haryana. Her father, Late Col. B.R Chaudhary was an officer in the Indian Army.[2] She completed her schooling from the St. Soldier International Convent School in Chandigarh. She is also a state level swimmer and badminton player.[3] Chaudhary is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in dental surgery from the National Dental College and Hospital in Dera Bassi, Punjab.[4]


Miss IMA 2017[edit]

In 2017, Chaudhary was adjudged as Miss IMA during the Indian Military Academy Autumn Ball Night, which is held towards the end of each term, in order to mark the culmination of the training schedule of military cadets.[5][6]

Femina Miss India[edit]

Chaudhary auditioned for the Fashion Big Bazaar sponsored Campus Princess 2018 where she was crowned as one of the winners from Patiala auditions.[7] She then auditioned for the title Femina Miss Haryana 2018, which she eventually won.[8] She represented the state of Haryana in the annual Femina Miss India competition.[9]

During the final question and answer round of Femina Miss India 2018, all the Top 5 finalists were asked a common question “Who is a better teacher in life – success or failure?” Chaudhary responded by expressing:

“I have had so many experiences of failures and success in life. Success taught me what it feels to be on the top of the world. However, failure taught me what it takes to push back and reach to the place which makes me feel what success is. That gives me the feeling to understand why I have to work hard for. No matter what you do and where you are, failure makes you understand the importance of success and what achieving your goals in life is all about. Therefore, I personally believe failure is the better teacher in life as it makes you understand what success means to you.”[10]

She was crowned 1st runner up at the grand finale venued in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium, Mumbai, on 19 June 2018.[11][12] She also won the sub-title 'Miss Photogenic' at the competition.[13]

Miss Grand International[edit]

Later, it was revealed by the Miss India Organization that Chaudhary had been considered as Miss Grand India, and would represent India at Miss Grand International 2018 pageant.[14] She was officially crowned as Miss Grand India 2018 by the then reigning Miss Grand International 2017, María José Lora of Peru.[15]

Chaudhary represented India at Miss Grand International 2018 pageant in Yangon, Myanmar, where she made it to the top 5 of the Miss Popular sub-contest.[16] Her national costume's theme was Prayer of Peace, which was a tribute to her father, Late Col. B.R Chaudhary.[17]

During the grand final event held on 25 October 2018, Chaudhary was asked, “If you were crowned as Miss Grand International 2018 tonight, which country would you choose to visit for your ‘Stop the war and violence’ campaign, and what would be your first message to them?” She replied by saying:

“If I was crowned as Miss Grand International 2018 tonight, the first country that I would want to visit would be Indonesia because of the recent calamity that it has gone through. While the world is busy fighting against each other, we need to understand that we as humans are fighting against bigger things in life, in our natural environment through natural calamities. We forget that we are humans first and our nationalities come later on. We need to come together and fight against what we humans are going through in our everyday life, because underneath every skin colour runs the same colour of blood, that is red. We need to understand that.”[18]

At the end of the event, she won the first runner-up title to the eventual winner, Clara Sosa of Paraguay.[19] She is the first Indian woman to reach the said placement at the pageant.[20][21]

Chaudhary won the title of 'Miss Grand Slam 2018' by Global Beauties, besting 440 national representatives who represented their countries in the five Grand Slam beauty pageants. She is India's first Global Beauties' Miss Grand Slam winner since Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000.[22]

In May 2019, Chaudhary was voted to the 2nd place in the list of Times 50 Most Desirable Women of India 2018, in an internet survey conducted by The Times of India. [23] At the Femina Miss India 2019 sub-contest crowning ceremony, she was felicitated by the Miss India Organization for her accomplishments at Miss Grand International.[24]


Chaudhary made her acting debut with the web series titled Out of Love, which is an official adaptation of BBC drama series Doctor Foster. She played the role of Alia Kashyap, a 22 year old who faces adversity, stress and the repercussions for having a relationship with a married person.[25]

In 2020, she was cast as a lead, opposite Sushanth Anumolu in a Telugu movie, titled Ichata Vahanamulu Nilupa Radhu (transl.No Parking).[26] Apart from pursuing her dental degree and modelling assignments, Chaudhary had enrolled in workshops. It was here that she initialially met the actor Sushanth Anumolu.[27] In connection with her debut film alongside the actor, she expressed - “Funnily, neither of us knew who the other was. I did not know he was an actor and he did not know I was a pageant winner”. A month after the workshop, she was called by Sushanth to share a film script, which she accepted. She stated - “In other words, it was my workshop that became my audition trials.”[27] She was later signed up in Ramesh Varma Penmetsa's film titled Khiladi.[28]

She has also been signed up as one of the female lead in the upcoming mystery-thriller film in Telugu language, titled HIT 2, which is a sequel to the 2020 film HIT: The First Case.[29][30]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2021 Ichata Vahanamulu Nilupa RadhuFilms that have not yet been released TBA Telugu Debut Film [26]
KhiladiFilms that have not yet been released TBA Telugu Post-production [28]
2022 HIT 2Films that have not yet been released TBA Telugu Filming [31]


Year Title Role Produced by Ref.
2019 Out of Love Alia Kashyap Hotstar [25][32]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song title Singer Language Record label Ref.
2018 Ki Mai Kalli Aa Sara Gurpal Punjabi HSR Entertainment [33]
2019 Kyun Sushant Rinkoo Hindi Times Music [34]


  1. Press Trust of India. "India's Meenakshi Chaudhary is first runner-up at Miss Grand International 2018". India Today. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  2. "Everything you need to know about Miss Grand International contestant, Meenakshi Chaudhary". Times Now. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. "In Pics: Know more about Meenakshi Chaudhary, Miss Grand India 2018". Times of India. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. "Meenakshi Chaudhary : Most beautiful photos of Femina Miss India 2018 first runner-up Meenakshi Chaudhary". NewsX. 20 June 2018.
  5. "Mister IMA, Miss IMA held in Dehradun". The Pioneer. 28 November 2017. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  6. "IMA's Pride". The Tribune. 29 November 2017. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  7. "Meenakshi Chaudhary's journey from a dentist to a beauty queen". Indiatimes. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  8. "Fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2018: Meet The Contestants". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  9. "Meenakshi Chaudhary On Gender Equality In Haryana: My State Has Really Done An Excellent Job". 21 July 2018.
  10. Vagisha Mishra (6 July 2018). "Femina Miss India 2018: An Insight To Final Question And Answer Round".
  11. "Dreamt of title looking at pictures of Miss India winners: Meenakshi Chaudhary". Business Standard. 24 June 2018.
  12. "Fbb Femina Miss India 2018, 1st runner-up Meenakshi Chaudhary's Homecoming at Chandigarh Airport". 6 July 2018.
  13. "Miss India sub-contest winners announced at a glitzy eve in Mumbai". The Times of India. 16 June 2018.
  14. "Meenakshi Chaudhary on representing India at Miss Grand International 2018". The Deccan Chronicle. 3 September 2018.
  15. "Meenakshi Chaudhary to represent India at Miss Grand International 2018". Indiatimes. 23 July 2018.
  16. "Meenakshi Chaudhary's national costume for Miss Grand International 2018". ETimes. 13 October 2018.
  17. "Miss Grand International 2018 Top National Costume". Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  18. "The answer that made India win 1st runner-up at Miss Grand International 2018". Miss India Organization. 25 July 2018.
  19. GMA, News. "Paraguay's Clara Sosa faints after being declared Miss Grand Int'l 2018". GMA News. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  20. "Miss Grand India 2018, Meenakshi Chaudhary is 1st runner-up at Miss Grand International 2018". The Times of India. 26 October 2018.
  21. "Meenakshi Chaudhary is 1st runner-up at Miss Grand International 2018". Femina. 25 October 2018.
  22. "Meenakshi Chaudhary is Miss Grand Slam 2018". Global Beauties. 12 February 2019.
  23. "Meet India's most desirable divas". The Times of India. 24 May 2019.
  24. "fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2019 Awards Night: Pride of India". ETimes. 4 June 2019.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Kalyanam, Rajeshwari (22 December 2019). "A promising debut: Meenakshi Chaudhary". The Hans India. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Nyayapati, Neeshita (30 January 2020). "Sushanth A and Meenakshi Chaudhary's 'Ichata Vahanamulu Nilupa Radu' launched". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  27. 27.0 27.1 Adivi, Shashidhar (6 July 2020). "Meenakshi Chaudhary talks about her route to Tollywood from dentistry". Deccan Chronicle.
  28. 28.0 28.1 "'Khiladi': Ravi Teja unveils first look of his forthcoming Telugu film with Meenakshi Chaudhary". Jagran (English).
  29. "Meenakshi Chaudhary on a signing spree in Telugu". 20 March 2021.
  30. "Adivi Sesh and Meenakshi Chaudhary to star in Sailesh Kolanu's HIT 2". The Times of India. 20 March 2021.
  31. Hymavathi, Ravali (20 March 2021). "'Nani Announces The Sequel Of Hit Franchise With Adivi Sesh As The Lead Actor". The Hans India.
  32. "Out of Love (Web Series) - Review". Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  33. "Ki Mai Kalli - HSR Entertainment". 28 August 2018.
  34. "'Kyun' is a story of unconditional love told in just 3 minutes". Urban Asian. 8 October 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Manushi Chhillar
Femina Miss Haryana
Succeeded by
Sonal Sharma
Preceded by
Anukriti Gusain
Miss Grand India
Succeeded by
Shivani Jadhav
Preceded by
Tulia Alemán
Miss Grand International 1st Ru
Succeeded by
María Malo