Rewati Chetri was crowned Miss International India 2016 in the first edition of the beauty pageant. The event was held on September 12, at Novotel Hotel in Pune. She will now represent India at the Miss International 2016 pageant which is scheduled to be held at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan on October 27, 2016. One of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world, she has sought the nation’s support for the Miss International contest. If she makes it, she will be the first Indian to achieve this feat.
23-year-old Rewati was born to Baburam Chetri and Bina Chetri in the small town of Haflong. She did her schooling from St Agnes’ Convent High School, Haflong and graduated in commerce from Lumding College, Lumding.
She is a full-time model/actress and a former top 10 finalist of Femina Miss India 2015 pageant where she won Miss India Miss Popular and Miss Multimedia subtitles. She also represented India at World Miss University 2016 pageant, held in Beijing, where she bagged the continental crown of Miss Asia University. In July, she made her film debut with Gangs of Northeast, directed by Rupak Gogoi and co-produced by Sanjive Narain and Kenny Lyngdoh Talang.
Rewati Chetri says, ‘I must thank my friends and supporters who lend their support and blessings for Miss India that happened last year. I cannot name all of them but I sincerely acknowledge the immense support from my family and close friends who stood by me through thick and thin. I must credit the social media enthusiasts and Northeast print and electronic media for their publicity and support that made the way for me to be crowned Miss International India.’
She added, ‘I am now called Gorkhali gabhuru joni from the famous lyrics of Mahamanab Asom Ratna of Dr Bhupen Hazarika – the legend dedicated to Gorkhali beauty of Assam at Kapili river.’