Meet Pahadan Who Won Miss Universe India Twice, More IG Followers Than SRK, Rs 550 Cr Net Worth

A look into the journey of the famous Uttarakhand-born actress, who is the first Indian to win the prestigious Miss Universe India beauty pageant twice. Here's everything you need to know about her!


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Meet Pahadan Who Won Miss Universe India Twice, More IG Followers Than SRK, Rs 550 Cr Net Worth

On February 25, 1994, a girl was born in a middle-class Garhwali Rajput family in Uttarakhand's Kotdwar. Manwar Singh Rautela and Meera Rautela were on cloud nine as they were blessed with a baby girl. The adorable princess had beautiful facial features, attractive eyes, and an infectious smile. Manwar Singh and Meera chose the name, Urvashi for their daughter, which means an angel, a celestial maiden, and is also the name of the most beautiful apsara in Hindu scriptures.

It's fair to say that Urvashi Rautela's name aged so well as she is undoubtedly one of the most stunning actresses in the country. One look at her Instagram handle, and it speaks volumes about her fashion quotient and beauty. Time and again, we have seen Urvashi breaking the internet with her looks and setting the headlines on fire. Well, before we head to Urvashi's illustrious career that keeps on getting better. Here's a look at her journey and all the things that have happened so far on her personal and professional fronts!

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Urvashi Rautela's educational qualifications

Urvashi Rautela completed her schooling at St. Joseph's Convent School in Kotdwar. After completing her schooling at Kotdwar, Urvashi shifted to Delhi. The actress took admission to Delhi University's Gargi College, from where she completed her graduation.

Urvashi Rautela wanted to become an aeronautical engineer or an IAS Officer

According to a report in Popxo, Urvashi initially intended to study engineering, and as per the actress, she even started preparing for IIT's entrance exam, AIEEE. Not only this but as per a report in DNA, Urvashi also had aspirations of becoming an aeronautical engineer or an IAS Officer.

However, due to her growing interest in acting and modelling, Urvashi Rautela decided to compete in the Miss Diva Universe competition, which changed the entire trajectory of her career once and for all. Not everyone is aware of the fact that after working in the modelling industry for some time, Urvashi went to a film institute in New York in order to learn acting before making her debut in Bollywood.

Urvashi Rautela won her first title, Miss Teen India 2009, at the age of 15

Urvashi Rautela's professional journey started at the mere age of 15 when she started modelling at events and got her first major break at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. In the same year, she also won the title of Miss Teen India 2019. It was a huge boost in her career, and in the coming years, she walked the ramp at many prestigious events like Lakme Fashion Week, Amazon Fashion Week, Bombay Fashion Week, and Dubai Fashion Week.

The year 2011 took Urvashi Rautela's career to the next level as she won three major beauty pageants that year. The three titles included Indian Princess 2011, Miss Asian Supermodel 2011, and Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2011. She was the first Indian to win the Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2011, which was held in China.

Gauahar Khan's role in Ishqzaade was first offered to Urvashi Rautela, here's why she rejected it

According to a report in, Urvashi Rautela was approached by the makers of Ishqzaade, who wanted her to sign for the role of 'Chand Bibi'. However, she rejected it as she wanted to focus on the Miss Universe pageant. After Urvashi turned down the role, it went to Gauahar Khan, who played it with perfection.

Urvashi Rautela is the first Indian girl to win Miss Universe India title twice

Urvashi Rautela's decision not to accept the role in Ishqzaade to keep the focus on her modelling industry turned fruitful in the coming years. It was in 2012 when the stunning diva won the Miss Universe India title. However, her crown was taken away due to some controversy surrounding her age. In the same year, she also made her acting debut in Bollywood with the film, Singh Saab The Great, opposite Sunny Deol.

After making her Bollywood debut, while everyone thought that Urvashi was no longer in touch with the modelling industry, Urvashi Rautela surprised everyone by winning the Miss Universe India title in 2015, becoming the first Indian girl ever to win this prestigious title twice. 

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Urvashi Rautela's acting career: From Yo Yo Honey Singh's Love Dose to receiving praises from Amitabh Bachchan

After making a solid acting debut in Bollywood with the film, Singh Saab The Great, Urvashi Rautela worked in a series of films like Mr. Airavata, Sanam Re, Great Grand Masti, Hate Story 4, Pagalpanti, Virgin Bhanupriya, The Legend, and many more. However, it was her performance in the item song, Haseeno Ka Deewana from Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil that impressed Amitabh Bachchan. At an event in December 2016, Big B lauded Urvashi for her work on the song and hinted at the possibility of them working together.

Apart from working in movies, Urvashi Rautela is also featured in a series of music videos of renowned singers and composers. Some of them include the likes of Laal Dupatta, Gal Ban Gayi, Bijli Ki Taar, Ek Diamond Da Haar, Woh Chaand Kaha Se Laogi, Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, Versace Baby, and the list goes on. However, it was Urvashi's appearance in Yo Yo Honey Singh's song, Love Dose back in 2014 that brought her immense fame and even paved the way for her success in Bollywood.

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Urvashi Rautela has more followers on Instagram than Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan

Urvashi Rautela is one of the most stunning actresses in the country. Apart from her work in films, she is also renowned for her fashion quotient and bold looks, which she often flaunts in her steamy photoshoots. Not everyone is aware of the fact that Urvashi is among India's top 10 most followed celebrities on Instagram.

According to Forbes India, Urvashi was in the ninth spot with 69.6 million followers on Instagram. As of now, she has 70.3 million followers and is way ahead of many recognised celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan (46.2 million), Amitabh Bachchan (37.4 million), Sachin Tendulkar (47.4 million), and many others.

When Urvashi Rautela's pictures from her younger days went viral, people accused the actress of plastic surgery

Time and again, we have seen a certain section of the internet taking a dig at Urvashi Rautela over the evolution of her facial features. There are so many pictures on the internet from Urvashi's childhood and teenage years in which the actress looks quite different.

But as per some netizens, Urvashi Rautela has undergone a huge change in terms of her looks. Many people speculate that Urvashi had gone under the knife in order to achieve her current look. The actress never paid any heed to such rumours and continues to make her mark across the world.

Urvashi Rautela's net worth

According to a report in TellyChakkar, Urvashi Rautela has an estimated net worth of Rs. 550 crores. The stunning diva has multiple income streams, as she works in films, walks on the ramp for recognised labels, and does photoshoots for a series of international brands.

Time and again, we have seen Urvashi collaborating with global artists, which clearly explains her enormous wealth. Once in an interview with Filmygyan, Urvashi confirmed the rumours that she earns Rs. 1 crore per minute. Different people have different views on her claim, but it's a fact that she is indeed collaborating with super-rich artists across the world, which puts more weight on her statement.

What are your thoughts on Urvashi Rautela's rise from being an ordinary girl from Uttarakhand to earning crores per minute? Do you find it inspiring? Let us know.

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