roads led to the Goregaon Sports Club in north
Mumbai on 29 January 2005. A glittering gathering
of invitees watched 28 participants vie for the
coveted Grasim Mr India 2005 title. High profile
judges and the charming Rani Mukherjee, who was
the Guest of Honour, drew as much applause as
the contestants themselves. On the pleasant, balmy
evening, the stars on earth dazzled their celestial
counterparts by their sheer shimmering presence
invitees craned their necks to get a closer look
at eminent personalities such as Priyanka Chopra,
Fardeen Khan, Rocky S, Gayatri Joshi, Nandana
Sen, Mandira Bedi, Anita Raj and the Philippines
Ambassador Laura Q Del Rosario who judged the
the audience and contestants through the evening
were Manpreet Brar and Mini Mathur who kept the
tempo flowing with their spirited compering. The
various rounds that the contestants went through
were interspersed with young, trendy and vibrant
performances by Sonu Nigam, Sophiya, Zayed Khan,
Arti Chabria and Natasha, lending melody and mood
to the function.
crowning moment was when Viraf Phiroz Patel, 24,
was declared Grasim Mr India 2005. Viraf hails
from Pune and has been with the merchant navy
for the last five years. Close behind was first
runner-up Kushal Tandon, 21, a student from Mumbai.
Karan Hukku, 19 years, also a student and from
Jaipur, was second runner-up.
28 finalists from all over India were trained
and groomed at the Resort, Madh Island for 14
days before the event. The sub-contests were held
on 22 January 2005 and the winners were:
Grasim Mr Physique: Navnit Sharma from New Delhi
Mr Photogenic: Aseem Ali Khan from Bhopal
Mr Smile: Dr Abhishek Narula from Pune.
Arbaaz Khan, Mr. Madhurkar Talwalkar and Ms. Suchitra
Pillai judged these three sub-contests.
Best Dressed Male: Sandeep Menon from Mumbai
Best Talent: Anuj Sachdeva from New Delhi
Sonia Swami, Mr. Aryan Vaid and Mrs. Ashwini Singh
judged the best dressed sub-contest whereas Mrs.
Mansi Joshi Roy, Mr. Aryan Vaid and Mrs. Sonia
Swami judged the best talent sub-contest.
was also another special sub-contest, Franck Provost
Grasim Mr. Popular, the winner of which was voted
by the contestants themselves. And the winner
of this was
Sandeep Menon from Mumbai.
very special episode was one in which the Grasim
Mr India winners over the last 10 years walked
the Grasim ramp once again, accompanied by top
models and wearing specially designed JJ Valaya
clothes. The past winners who were honored on
that day were Bikram Saluja, Cary Edwards, Tarun
Raghavan, Abhijit Sanyal, Vivaan Bhatena, Rajneesh
Duggal, Raghu Mukherjee, Sunil Mann and our last
year's runner up who won the Best Male Model of
the World 2005 title, Prashant Raj Sachdev.