An actress and model who has thumbed down the world with her drop-dead gorgeous looks. She has won Miss Universe twice, enthusiastically contributes to social services, and keeps entertaining her fans through her work.
Urvashi got into beauty pageants at the age of 15. Since then, she has won Miss Teen India, Indian Princess, Miss tourism world, and Miss Universe, among many other titles. This makes her the youngest person to win the most number of pageants. In fact, she has been crowned Miss Universe twice.
In 2012, Urvashi was preparing diligently for Miss Universe. She didn’t accept any modelling assignments for two years, let alone accept movie offers. She prepared hard to excel each round like she worked on her fitness, learned dances like Bharatanatyam, and even left her preparation for IIT.
Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen had the rights to send delegates from India for the pageant through her project “I Am She Miss Universe.” When she met Urvashi, she found all the ingredients to win the title. But when Urvashi won, they discovered that she was 4 days short of turning 18. They considered her a minor and took away the title.
Feeling shattered after the incident, she again resolved to win the title. In 2015, she brought the crown for the country.
Due to her participation in various beauty pageants, Urvashi attracted the attention of many filmmakers. She was offered major projects like Ishaqzaade, which she refused to stay focussed on her preparations for Miss Universe. Urvashi was competing in the Miss Universe competitions when Anil Sharma spotted her and presented the opportunity.
She didn't have to go through the grueling auditions to bag the role. It was just one thing leading to another, and she landed in Bollywood. However, she made the filmmakers of the Great Grand Masti chase her for three months to sign the film as she thought the role was indecent. But today, she’s known to be a bold actress.
“Draupadi ke toh Paanch Pandav the… yaha toh sirf do hain” is a dialogue of Urvashi in Hate Story 4 that offended many people. When the movie’s trailer was released, she mostly got mixed reactions from her fans but what she got from numerous people were death threats.
She was shocked, speechless, and felt extremely vulnerable. She felt that people didn’t understand that the movie did not intend to offend anyone’s beliefs. She also felt that people forget that the dialogues are given by the writers and don’t reflect her personal beliefs. She’s a person who keeps the culture, epics, and holy books in high regard. She’s often seen praying before the start of each project.
Urvashi faces her share of trolling on social media. She gate-crashed a luxe party of Manish Malhotra & photobombed everyone’s pictures. Netizens called her desperate for this action. People called her out for spending an ostentatious amount on a VVIP ticket to Justin Bieber's concert in Mumbai instead of donating.
She was not called for the premiere of her movie Sanam Re. She was trolled for wishing her ex-beau a happy birthday, and people told her not to distract him before the world cup. Her style statements and statements in interviews also make a meal for the trollers.
Urvashi Rautela set up her Urvashi Rautela Foundation as a part of her service project for the pageant. Through her foundation, she supports underprivileged people with their basic amenities like health & education.
During Covid-19, she donated 47 oxygen concentrators, costing two crores 35 lakh through her foundation. Her earnings from her international debut album Versace Baby to Covid-19 relief funds & Palestine society. She started a YouTube channel to send the revenues earned to Covid-19 relief funds. She was also on the ground helping people in misery due to cyclone Tauktae. She donated food packets, water, meds, and masks. This earned her the Most Influential Bollywood Actor 2021 and Best Humanitarian Award for her social services.
Urvashi grew up in the mountains, and she saw the hardships people had to face for safe drinking water. Through her foundation, she also launched a project in her hometown to provide people with clean drinking water & uphold water conservation.
Urvashi Rautela is an inspiration for numerous young girls out there with her achievements. She is still finding her footing in the industry. Her work in the industry may not have garnered her much acclaim, but even the critics say that she can give more in films. Even then, she has earned a lot of love from her fans.