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Mister India 2019, the search begins! Who will be the nation’s 16th Mister India?

Mister India 2017, Darasing Khurana with Mister India 2018, Balaji Murugadoss

The Mister India pageant is one of the most followed events in the world of beauty pageants and showbiz. After extravagantly celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in Goa last year (2018), the pageant is back this year with yet another all new season with more glare and glamour. It’s time for Mister India 2019! The search for the most handsome man in the world’s largest democracy has already begun. Nationwide auditions for the Rubaru Mister India 2019 pageant are being held in different states and soon we all shall learn the names of the those 30 lucky guys who will move one step closer to the coveted title of Mister India 2019.

The current winner of Mister India title, Balaji Murugadoss, Mister India 2018 from Tamil Nadu.

The Mister India pageant is an annual event in India. It was first held in the year 2004 and has been happening annually since its inception. The Mister India pageant is owned by Rubaru Group based in Haryana. It is the longest running male annual male pageant in India. The pageant is also one of the most celebrated male pageants in Asia. It is famous for its high production value and for producing winners who are exceptionally handsome and good looking. The pageant is also referred to as the ‘goldmine of handsome faces in India’. Since its inception in the year 2004, the pageant has produced various winners who have excelled in different fields like arts, fashion, showbiz, television, theatre, medicine, technology and politics etc. and have also brought laurels and pride to India on multiple occasions.

Often cited as the most handsome Mister India winner, Mudit Malhotra with Mister International 2015, Pedro Mendes from Switzerland.
Often touted as the most handsome Mister India winner, Mudit Malhotra with Mister International 2015, Pedro Mendes from Switzerland.

The current winner of Mister India title is Balaji Murugadoss from Tamil Nadu. He was elected Mister India 2018 on March 10, 2018 at Las Olas resort in Goa. He succeeded last year’s winner, Mister India 2017, Darasing Khurana from Maharashtra.

Mister India 2017, Darasing Khurana from Maharashtra with Mister India 2018, Balaji Murugadoss from Tamil Nadu.
Mister India 2017, Darasing Khurana from Maharashtra with Mister India 2018, Balaji Murugadoss from Tamil Nadu.

Traditionally, the winner of Mister India title represents India at the Mister International pageant. Apart from the winner, the Rubaru Mister India pageant also elects India’s representatives to various other prominent international pageants and modelling competitions for men that include Mister Model Worldwide, Mister National Universe, Mister Tourism World, Mister Model International Pageant, Mister United Continents and Mister Eco International. Rubaru Mister India Organization holds the record of being associated with the maximum number of international pageants in India. In last four years, the Rubaru Mister India pageant has sent India’s representatives to more than 10 international male pageants and modelling competitions.

Mister India 2018 titleholders with actor, model, reality TV celebrity and Mister India 2016, Akash Choudhary.

Audition dates and venues for some state-level auditions for the sixteenth edition of the Rubaru Mister India contest were already announced in November last year and the remaining ones will be announced shortly by the Rubaru Group. The candidates shortlisted at these regional and state level events will move one step ahead and take in the national level final show of Mister India 2019 competition. The selection of the candidates to compete for the national event will be done at these different state-level auditions and competitions. They will be judged on various parameters like confidence, runway skills, communications skills, fitness, talent etc. The best performing candidates will then get advanced to the next level and participate in the national event. At the national event of the pageant, they will further take part in a series of photoshoots and fashions shows. They will attend several workshops and grooming sessions conducted by experts from the fashion and pageant industry. Along with these pre-finale events, the candidates will also participate in preliminary events like formal wear round, fitness round, ethnic wear presentation, individual interviews, talent competition etc. All these pre-final activities will help in the election of the new winner who will be declared at the coronation evening of the pageant.

(Left to right) Sandeep Kumar, the president of Rubaru Mr India Organization; Darasing Khurana, Rubaru Mr India International 2017 and Pankaj Kharbanda, the vice-president of Rubaru Mr India Organization.
(From left to right) Sandeep Kumar, the president of Rubaru Mr India Organization; Darasing Khurana, Rubaru Mr India International 2017 and Pankaj Kharbanda, the vice-president of Rubaru Mr India Organization.

Along with the election of the new Mister India 2019, India’s representatives to the above mentioned international fashion events will also get elected. They will be the top placers of the Mister India 2019 competition and along with the Mister India 2019 winner they will serve as the Indian torchbearers at these upcoming international male pageants.The winner of Mister India 2019 competition will represent India at the next edition of the prestigious Mister International competition based in Singapore. The current winner of Mister India contest, Balaji Murugadoss, Mister India 2018 from Tamil Nadu will pass on his title to his successor at the conclusion of Mister India 2019 pageant.