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Arabian Moda x Urvashi Rautela
Urvashi Rautela wears a Gattinolli by Marwan dress.

Urvashi Rautela is a star in the Indian entertainment industry who has quickly gained a massive fan following. With her stunning looks and talent, Urvashi has become a force to be reckoned with in Bollywood.

From winning the coveted Miss Universe India title, to being hailed as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Urvashi has achieved a lot in a short span of time.

In ethereal Gattinolli by Marwan gowns, and from the city of lights, Urvashi talks to Arabian Moda about her route to fame, career goals in India, and her rising popularity in the Middle East.

Fashion Editor & Stylist: Victor Concepto - Photographer: Yang Wang - Hair & Makeup Artist: Benoit Claverie - Assistant: Malak Heider - Location: Paris, France

AM: Urvashi, please tell our readers about your background…
I was born in the northern part of India in a very highly academically-inclined family where education was emphasized. My grandfather was specialized in mathematics and my favorite subjects were physics, chemistry, mathematics with computer science. Growing up, I was really involved with studies and extra-curricular activities. I was the head girl of my school; I got used to performing and I was the captain of the basketball team. My Bollywood career started after winning two times Miss India Universe (2012 and 2015) and that's how my journey started. And now I'm an actress.

AM: Being an international pageant winner what would you say are some of the challenges of the field?
The challenges revolve around physical and emotional preparation because the competition is quite demanding. We need to always be in our top mental and physical shape, so we have to balance rigorous workouts with other responsibilities as well as handling the media and language barriers. Being an international pageant winner is a global thing, you have to interact with people coming from numerous countries in different languages, so you need to be able to communicate with others effectively and adapt to cultures as well. Time management is very important. You always have a busy schedule, you have to balance your time between rehearsals and shoots, you have to be comfortable with being interviewed and photographed. You also have to be aware of your culture and handling criticism because sometimes you may not agree with other people but you need to be able to handle criticism and rejection graciously.

Arabian Moda x Urvashi Rautela
Dress, Gattinolli by Marwan.

AM: And what about your career as actress, how did you transition to that?
My career as an actress was after the release of my first film Singh Saab the Great, that was the moment when I really realized my love for the cinema and true potential in dabbling different genres and characters. I enjoy reading scripts and my lines in various ways, working with wonderful directors that can portray me in a different light all together and just living several lives in one lifetime.

AM: What are some pros and cons of being and actress in Bollywood?
I'm the kind of person that loves to see that the glass is always half full rather than half empty. I would say that the pros are that you have that kind of awareness, you have that aura in which if you voice an opinion, it will be heard. Recognition, awards and the scope of displaying your talent are also a pro. The cons are different for every person but for me I would say it is to be prepared for rejection and failure.
AM: What films do you enjoy playing in the most?
Most of my characters in my films have been really special and very close to me starting with playing the role of a girl next door, a hopeless romantic character and a female revenge drama. I love playing intense roles.

Arabian Moda x Urvashi Rautela
Dress, Gattinolli by Marwan.

AM: What would you say is the main message that you transmit to your followers via your social media platforms?
The main message that I try to transmit to my fans would be to be happy, to constantly strive to be the best version of yourself, and to focus on your fitness, discipline and motivation.

AM: How would you explain your rising fame in the Middle East?
There are surprisingly a lot of Middle Eastern people who absolutely love Bollywood so I think the connection kind of started then. In the beginning, I worked with Arab superstar Mohamed Ramadan, the Egyptian actor/singer in his music video Versace Baby. I think that's when it really started. We, the people of Bollywood, are just so glad that Middle Easterners like our films.

AM: Describe your relationship with fashion
I absolutely love fashion and I love all sorts of fashionable people. I think how you present yourself to the world today is important. Fashion is an instinct, and also style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. So, I truly feel that it's the best way to express yourself to the entire world.

Arabian Moda x Urvashi Rautela
Dress, Gattinolli by Marwan.
AM: After all these years, what would you say is your proudest career moment?
I think it's doing my first ever female-centric film being a judge for Miss Universe. When India won the pageant, that was also a very proud moment for me.
AM: Finally, what are some of your upcoming projects?
My recent film Waltair Veerayya got released on Netflix and I have more in the works for them. I have another bilingual film, my single is coming out soon, and hopefully something in Paris with a really renowned artist.