With Bollywood in her bones, Roopam Plawn plans to give Miss India-Canada pageant ‘a shot’

Published: August 13, 2014

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Roopam Plawn plans to give Miss India-Canada pageant ‘a shot’

LARISSA CAHUTE
VANCOUVER DESI

Kamloops’ Roopam Plawn has always been “very connected” to her Indian heritage.

At just 22 years old, the Thompson Rivers University student has already travelled back and forth to India six times, can read, write and speak Punjabi — her only form of communication with her grandmother — and, of course, grew up watching Bollywood films.

“Ever since I was young I used to watch Bollywood films and go to cultural events,” Plawn told Vancouver Desi from Kamloops. “I’ve actually performed at events since I was five years old.”

Plawn will be taking this passion for dance and culture to Toronto this weekend as she competes as the only B.C. contestant against 15 other girls in the 24th annual Miss India-Canada pageant.

The event marks Plawn’s first-ever beauty pageant, and although she’s performed in front of local audiences and even founded a Bollywood club at Thompson Rivers University, she’s never before performed in front of an audience of this scale — with a crowd of nearly 1,000 expected.

“I’ve never been involved in any type of beauty pageant before,” said Plawn.

But she’d always seen commercials for Miss India-Canada on TV and finally thought: “Why not give it a shot?”

“My heritage played a very big role in (my decision to apply),” said Plawn. “There’s like two parts of me — one is totally Canadian, one is totally Indian.

“But I’m honestly not sure what to expect since I’ve never actually been in anything like this.”

In preparation, Plawn said she’s been rehearsing her Bollywood performance for the talent portion of the pageant, working out, eating healthy and drinking lots of water.

“The experience [of the pageant]itself was what really drew me,” she said. “To just go out there and perform and really showcase your culture and your heritage.”

The 24th annual Miss India-Canada event kicks off Saturday at Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel. This year’s guest of honour is blossoming actress Isabelle Kaif, sister to Bollywood star Katrina Kaif. The event will be hosted by television personalities Karen Johnson and Francis D’Souza and will include a performance by Raghav.

To purchase tickets or for more information contact info@missindiacanada.com.

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