Femina Miss India 2018 (1st runner-up) (Miss Photogenic)
Miss Grand International 2018 (1st runner-up)
Meenakshi Chaudhary is a model, actress, and beauty pageant winner from India. She made her Tollywood debut in the film Ichata Vahanamulu Nilupa Radhu in 2021. She was crowned Miss Grand India at the Femina Miss India 2018 pageant, where she represented the state of Haryana. Chaudhary was the first runner-up in the Miss Grand International 2018 competition, representing India.
Chaudhary was born on 5 March 1997, in the Haryana town of Panchkula. Col. B.R Chaudhary, her father, was an officer in the Indian Army. She received her education at Chandigarh’s St. Soldier International Convent School. She is also a competitive swimmer and badminton player at the state level. Chaudhary is a dental surgery student at the National Dental College and Hospital in Dera Bassi, Punjab, where she is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree.
Chaudhary was named Miss IMA in 2017 at the Indian Military Academy Autumn Ball Night, which marks the end of the military cadets’ training schedule.
Chaudhary participated in the Fashion Big Bazaar-sponsored Campus Princess 2018 auditions and was named one of the Patiala winners. She then auditioned for and won the award of Femina Miss Haryana 2018. In the annual Femina Miss India competition, she represented the state of Haryana.
All of the Top 5 finalists were asked the same question during the Femina Miss India 2018 final question and answer round: “Who is a better life teacher – success or failure?” The following is Chaudhary’s response: “I have had a lot of mistakes and successes in my life. Success showed me what it’s like to be on top of the planet. Failure, on the other hand, showed me how to fight back and get to the point where I can feel what success is. That makes me realize why I have to put in so much effort. Failure, no matter what you do or where you are in life, teaches you the value of achievement and what it takes to achieve your goals. As a result, I think failure is a better teacher in life because it teaches you what success means to you.”
On June 19, 2018, she was crowned 1st runner-up at the grand finale held at Mumbai’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium. She has won the competition’s sub-title of ‘Miss Photogenic.’
Chaudhary was later named Miss Grand India and will represent India at the Miss Grand International 2018 pageant, according to the Miss India Organization. Miss Grand India 2018 was formally crowned by Mara José Lora of Peru, the reigning Miss Grand International 2017.
Chaudhary competed in the Miss Grand International 2018 pageant in Yangon, Myanmar, and placed fifth in the Miss Famous sub-contest.
Prayer of Peace was the theme of her national costume, which was a tribute to her father, Late Col. B.R Chaudhary.
“If you were crowned Miss Grand International 2018 tonight, which country will you want to visit for your ‘Stop the war and bloodshed’ initiative, and what would your first message to them?” Chaudhary was questioned during the grand final event on October 25, 2018. She said, “If I were to be crowned Miss Grand International 2018 tonight, the first country I would like to visit would be Indonesia, due to the recent disaster there. Although the rest of the planet is busy battling each other, we must remember that we, as humans, are fighting against even larger forces of life, such as natural disasters. We forget that we are first and foremost citizens and that our nationalities come later. We must band together to combat the challenges that we face as humans in our daily lives, and under every skin color flows the same color of blood, which is red. That is something we must comprehend.”
She finished second runner-up to the eventual champion, Clara Sosa of Paraguay, at the close of the competition. Despite being the winner, Clara Sosa’s response was inadequate, as she said that she would visit Trump, who is not a country but an individual. As a result, Meenakshi’s runner-up finishes disappointed pageant fans all over the country. She is the first Indian woman to rank in the pageant’s top ten.
Chaudhary defeated 440 national delegates who competed in the five Grand Slam beauty pageants to win the award of “Miss Grand Slam 2018” from Global Beauties. Since Lara Dutta, Miss Universe 2000, she is India’s first Global Beauties Miss Grand Slam winner.
In an internet poll conducted by The Times of India in May 2019, Chaudhary was voted second on the list of Times 50 Most Desirable Women of India 2018. She was honored by the Miss India Organization at the Femina Miss India 2019 sub-contest crowning ceremony for her achievements at Miss Grand International.
Out of Love, a web series that is an official adaptation of the BBC drama series Doctor Foster was Chaudhary’s first acting role. Alia Kashyap, a 22-year-old who faces adversity, stress, and the consequences of having a relationship with a married guy, was played by her.
She was cast as the lead in a Telugu film named Ichata Vahanamulu Nilupa Radhu (transl. No Parking) in 2020, opposite Sushanth Anumolu. Chaudhary had studied in seminars in addition to her dental degree and modeling jobs. It was here that she met actor Sushanth Anumolu for the first time. “Funnily enough, none of us knew who the other was,” she said about her first film with the actor. He had no idea I was a pageant winner, and I had no idea he was an actor.” Sushanth called her a month after the workshop to share a film script, which she approved. “In other words, my studio became my audition trials,” she said. Later, she was cast in Ramesh Varma Penmetsa’s film, Khiladi.
She has also been cast as one of the female leads in HIT 2, a Telugu-language mystery-thriller sequel to HIT: The First Case, which will be released in 2020.