The hunt for a fresh face
The ‘Pantaloons Fresh Face Hunt Regional Finale’, an event dedicated to fashion and poise, was held recently in the City.
It was a new beginning for those who participated in it. The judges for the evening were actors Aindrita Ray and Tamanna Pasha, Kannada movie producer K Manju, fashion designer Ramesh Dembla, socialite and chef Aditya Bal and entrepreneur Priyanka Mantri. It was a star-studded event.
Out of all the people who auditioned in Bangalore, Mangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai to be the next fresh face of Pantaloons, only 24 of them managed to make it to the regional finale which was held at Mantri Mall, Malleswaram.
The attitude and confidence that these youngsters brought to the stage was applauded and cheered by not just the judges but the audience, who stood around the mall to get a glimpse of the contestants.
“I’m very impressed. People who are not professional are doing such a great job,” says Aditya Bal.The winners of the ‘Pantaloons Fresh Face Hunt Regional Finale’ were Tanya Priya and Iqbal Bhatt and the first runners-up were Rittvik Mudgal and Pooja Vijay.
The results were announced with flying paper confetti and loud cheers. The two winning contestants are now all set to take a giant leap in making their dreams come true.
They will be going to Mumbai, where they will be trained and groomed by experts to compete in the grand finale which will be held on June 23.
Iqbal Bhatt, a BBM graduate from the Centre for Management Studies, knew he had something in him and decided to take a step forward to follow his passion. He had a simple ‘funda’ and that was to win. “I came here to win it.
And now I’m fully charged and confident for the grand finale,” he adds. This freelance model wants to become a super model and then an actor.
“It was a thrilling experience to have taken part in such an event. I’m looking forward to represent the South in Mumbai,” says Tanya, a final-year student of CMR Institute of Technology.
Her dream is to become an actor and she wishes to work in Bollywood.
The theme for the first round was ethnic wear. The guys were dressed mostly in blacks, grey and white; some accessorised their look with a tie while the others kept their collars open. The girls walked the ramp with grace wearing ‘salwars’ with their hair tied in pigtails.
The concept of casual wear for round two was a hit. Girls wore high heels, short skirts and dresses.
They accessorised their looks with belts, watches and brightly-coloured jewellery, while the guys sported bright collared t-shirts, shorts and moccasins.
“It’s great to see that our unique engagement platform, ‘Fresh Face Hunt’ has been so well received. The competition seems to be intensifying with each city that we audition in. The grand finale will surely be something to watch out for,” said Madhumita Dutta, the chief of marketing at Pantaloons.