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Maya Sarihan is Miss India America 2014, judged by Bollywood and Hollywood

Los Angeles, Aug. 27, 2014
NRIpress-Club/K.Chauhan/Dave Singh


The tall and gorgeous Maya Sarihan, from Arizona, won Miss India America 2014, as the handsome Nick Thakor was declared Mr. India America 2014. The sold out red carpet gala was hosted by Spirit Of India for its 22nd year and presented by Star Plus TV, Life OK. Wells Fargo, South Asia Magazine, and at the Renaissance Hotel, Los Angeles on Aug. 23, 2014

The red carpet had mass media and photographers, with much glam and power being added by many actresses, actors, models, producers, directors, agents, etc. South Asia Magazine’s cover girl actress Bai Ling was a major hit on the red carpet by all media.

The night before the pageant, the contestants had a private meet and greet with Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, where he gave them great advice on the film industry. All the contestants appreciated the time Anurag Kashyap took with them, and he even ended the night with a personal picture with each semi-finalist. During the pageant, contestants did two catwalks in traditional formal wear and western formal wear. The audience was also treated to many contestants that displayed their talent with a lot of confidence and energy.

Top Miss India winners were: Miss India Globe 2014 - Meghana Pagadala, Miss India Global 2014 - Vivica Mitra (plus Miss Photogenic 2014), Miss India Galaxy 2014 – Nishtha Chawla from Virginia, Trisha Batra – Miss Teen India America 2014, Miss India East Coast 2014 –Divya Trivedi (from New Jersey), and Miss India West Coast 2014 - Jackie Kahlon. Star Plus TV’s People’s Choice was Rebecca Mathew from Chicago.

Top Mr. India winners were: Kunwar Dodd (from Canada) - Mr. India Globe 2014, Shawn Singh - Mr. India Global 2014, Prakash Patil (from New York) - Mr. India Galaxy 2014, Dhaval Panchal (from North Carolina)  Mr. India East Coast 2014 and Star TV’s People’s Choice award, and Maneet Singh - Mr. India West Coast 2014 and Mr. Photogenic 2014.

Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap admitted he had been invited to many pageants, but Spirit Of India’s pageant was the first he attended. Anurag expressed, “I didn’t know what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had the time of my life.”

(L to R) Aactress Agam Darshi (Sanctuary, Stargate), Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (of hits Queen, Hasee Toh Phasee, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dev D, Black Friday, etc.).,Actress Bai Ling -television and films in Hollywood and China (Wild Wild West, The Crow, Red Corner, etc.) and Natasha Blasick

Honored during The Elite Awards 2014 for his exceptional achievement was the hottest and busiest Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap (of hits Queen, Hasee Toh Phasee, Gangs of Wasseypur, Dev D, Black Friday, etc.). NBA Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and NFL football player Bret Lockett (from Patriots and Jets) were also honored during The Elite Awards.

Actress Bai Ling was given a much deserved Elite Award for starring in many television and films in Hollywood and China (Wild Wild West, The Crow, Red Corner, etc.). Bai Ling expressed on stage, “I’m a big fan of Bollywood and Indian culture. It would be great to work in a Bollywood movie.”

Winner of the model search contest Beauty Of India 2014 was Jaya Prasad from New York.

Many past winners posed on the red carpet and went on stage to give away their titles to the new winners. Yash Patel, Mr. India Globe 2013, was seen being the official host of Star Plus TV covering the show. The show coverage will be aired on Star Plus TV worldwide, for airing times email:

Jinnder Chohaan, Creator of Mr. & Miss India America titles (Mr. & Miss India Globe, Mr. & Miss South Asia, etc.) said, “Everyone is saying this pageant is better than last year’s. I didn’t even know we could do it any better. We are proud to have so many celebrities at our gala. Our pageant has come to extreme heights and appeals in Bollywood, Hollywood, and even, around the world. For those who missed it, can see it in many countries on Star Plus TV.”

Jinnder added, "Our pageant was an amazing cultural experience with glamour and entertainment and displayed Indian beauty and talent on a mainstream platform. We had international media covering our red carpet arrivals. We were excited to have Star Plus TV’s camera crew shooting Mr. & Miss India America to be aired on their #1 Indian channel worldwide. Having today’s hottest and busiest Bollywood producer and director, Anurag Kashyap, come exclusively from Mumbai to judge our pageant was the best part of our show”.

Spirit Of India is a prestigious production company that has produced pageants for over 22 years, making it the longest running South Asian pageant system run by women. It truly is a pageant that helps and motivates our South Asian youth to pursue their goals. Over the years, thousands of South Asians have been groomed and trained by Spirit Of India. The first Mr. India pageant in the world was produced by Spirit Of India, even 5 years before India did a MR. pageant. The organization has simple goals: to provide young South Asians an opportunity to display and enhance their talent, to heighten their self-esteem and to enhance the image of the South Asian community. More info:

Judges for the pageant were: Bollywood film director/producer Anurag Kashyap, actress Bai Ling (The Crow, Red Corner), actress Agam Darshi (Sanctuary, Stargate), actress Natasha Blasick (Paranormal Activity), celebrity makeup artist Tamanna Roshan (Dress Your Face), actress Alice Amter (Big Bang Theory), NFL football player Bret Lockett (Patriots, Jets), actress Romina (Horrible Bosses 2), and celebrity Bollywood DJ and music composer Akbar Sami.