Posted on 30 July 2011.
Miss Kerala 2011 is here, and all the pretty young women are gearing up for the same. We all know that beauty and appeals are not the only things that reign this pageant. Charisma, attitude, personality, allure.. the list that a Miss Kerala contestant needs to possess is many! Kochivibe brings an exclusive interview with Miss. Kerala 2010 Miss. Indu Thampi who bowled over her judges with all these qualities. A native of Trivandrum, Indu Thampi is fond of Kochi too! Here is what she has to say to all the aspiring Miss Kerala contestants. Read on…
1. How did Miss Kerala happen for you?
My second cousin had participated in Miss Kerala 2008. Also, my batch mate, Geethu Christy participated and won the first runner up title in 2009. I have always been interested in personality contests.
2. How has the Miss. Kerala 2010 title changed your life?
Being Miss Kerala has definitely given my life a different hue. It was a green card to the film and modelling industry. I have currently finished a project, “ANABELLA”, which has been taken in both Tamil and Malayalam simultaneously. I had always wanted to act. People tend to listen to a public figure more seriously. Hence, I got umpteen opportunities to talk to young India. I was the chief guest at many schools and college level functions, for many talks and debates. Miss Kerala gave more power and audience for me and my views.
3. Beauty pageants in cities like Mumbai are a shortcut to movies. Whereas, our title holders do not make much of a screen presence (except for a few). What, according to you, is the reason for that?
(Laughs) Well I, for one, found my having won the title to be a stepping stone to Mollywood. Rima Kallingal is another famous name. But yes, I haven’t heard much of the Miss Kerala title holders going into the film field. It may be because most of them were NRI’ s and just rushed off to whatever they were doing before. But I think it’s mainly because of the lack of publicity. I myself just came to know about Miss Kerala after my cousin participated in it. But you and I both know that’s not the thing with Miss India.
4. What all are the causes that you have worked for after winning the 2010 pageant?
Well, the main thing about getting a title, as I said before is that you carry a certain power to your words and actions. My main attention has always been the future and that is ‘Young India’. I make sure that wherever I can, I make opportunities to meet, talk to them and encourage them. I would love to carry it to a higher level, and I’am still trying. Never say die!!
5. What all qualities should a Miss Kerala contestant possess, according to you?
A Miss Kerala, as the title suggests, should be a true representative of God’s Own Country. She should know Kerala, and be proud to be a representative of this beautiful land. It was a disturbing fact that many girls from Kerala, doesn’t even bother to know more about their native place. Just being born to Malayali parents, does not make you a Keralite. You must possess the gentle, yet strong and sensual nature that this state represents. You should be a true representative of this exquisite paradise, not only in looks, but also in thoughts, deeds and personality.
6. Should a lady be here only for the glitz and glamour factor? What more can she expect?
Glitz and glamour is an unavoidable part of any pageant and so is the case in Miss Kerala too. But there is something beyond the shine. What will get you to the top is your internal personal shine. Your true beauty that will never fade. The glitz and glamour factor is secondary, and depends a lot on who you are. With great power comes great responsibility. You will be looked up to, and so you need to think quite a lot before you act.
7. What are the projects in your kitty now?
I had made a promise to myself that I shall not let my studies down. I did a movie and immediate next plan would be to complete my post graduation. But that doesn’t mean, I shall let my passion, that is to act, go away either. I have a few projects in the pipeline and hope to do them well.
8. Tell us something about your personal life.
My family consists of my grandmother, Mrs. Rajeshwari Thampy, my dad Mr. Suresh Thampy (who is into the holidaying business mainly catering to foreigners- GRASSHOPPER HOLIDAYS), my mother Mrs. Jayasree Thampy, and elder sister Miss. Rasmi Thampy. I also have a small dachshund of whom I’am extremely fond of. She is essentially a part of my family, and her name is ‘Bubbly’. I did my schooling from Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Trivandrum. I did my college from All Saints’ College, Trivandrum. These two places really paved my way to walk into who I really am. Literary and cultural fests, sports competitions, being chair person of the college union, the Miss Saraswathi Vidyalaya title, Miss All Saints title, class topper in studies, B. A highest mark holder in college has all helped me a lot. My family and friends have always made me believe in myself and go forward. My little sister (not biological) Chinnu Nair, always had utmost faith in me and my abilities. Well, my personal life revolves around my friends and family.
9. What is your message to all the aspiring Miss. Kerala contestants out there?
Go for it. Everybody who enrolls comes out a winner because it’s not only a contest, but a training ground for life. You learn to overcome your fears and your negatives and change into a better you. But be yourself, which is the most important thing. Let yourself shine. It’s fun!
10. And finally, what message do you have to pass on to our Kochivibe readers!
As the name suggests, if you want to keep up to the vibes of all that is happening in Kochi, Kochivibe is what you need. And to all those who are reading Kochivibe, all I say is keep smiling as it can do wonders, both inside and out. CHEERS!