Yukta Mookhey is an Indian actress, model, and civic activist. She is the winner of the 1999 Miss World beauty pageant.
Yukta Mookhey was born on Monday, October 7, 1977 (43 years old; from 2020) in the city of Bengaluru in the state of Karnataka in India. Her zodiac sign is Libra. Yukta went to a local school in Bengaluru to receive her primary education. She enrolled herself at VG Vaze College, Mumbai to obtain her graduate degree in Biology. He has also completed a diploma in computer applications from the same faculty.
Height (approx.): 5 ′ 11 ″
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Black
Yukta Mookhey belongs to a Sindhi family. He was raised in Dubai for the first seven years of his life and after that his family returned to India and spent the rest of his life in India.
Fathers and brothers
Yukta Mookhey was born to Inderlal Mookhey and Aroona Mookhey. His father, Inderlal Mookhey, was the managing director of a clothing company. Yukta’s mother, Aroona Mookhey, owned a beauty salon in Mumbai.
Yukta Mookhey is an older sister of Kanwal Mookhey.
Relationships, husband and children
Yukta Mookhey got engaged to Prince Tuli, a businessman from New York, on September 7, 2008. The marriage was celebrated on November 2, 2008 in a ceremony at the Grand Maratha in Mumbai. Later, the couple was blessed with a baby.
In July 2013, Yukta Mookhey accused her husband and family of subjecting her to domestic violence and stalking. He filed a FIR under section 498A and 406 of the IPC (Indian Panel Code). She also charged her husband, Prince Tuli, under section 377 of the IPC (unnatural sex). The couple obtained a consensual divorce in June 2014.
Yukta Mookhey began her pomp career in 1999 when she entered the 1999 Femina Miss India pageant and was selected for it. During the question and answer round in the semifinal round during the grand finale, Judge Viv Richards asked Yukta Mookhey a question:
How do you define a true athlete? “
To which she replied,
I would define a true athlete as one who welcomes both defeat and success with a healthy attitude and with a smile ”.
His answer impressed the judges and Mookhey moved on to the next round for the top 5 contestants in the competition.
. For the last round, all five candidates were asked the same question:
In the context of the recent controversy, if you were Chelsea Clinton, what is the most important advice that, as a daughter, would you give your parents Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, and why? “
His answer to the question was:
If I were Chelsea Clinton, I would tell my parents that in the values they have taught me, I am still by their side no matter what. And I hope we can set an example for the rest of the world to see what family values and ethics are all about. Thanks”
Her quick response and presence of mind earned her the title of Miss India World 1999.
After being crowned Miss India World 1999, she got the opportunity to represent India in the 49th edition of the Miss World 1999 pageant. The pageant was held on December 4, 1999 in Olympia, London and 93 candidates from around the world they competed for the title. During the question and answer round at the 1999 Miss World pageant, Yukta was asked:
If you could be anyone in the world, who would you want to be? “
And she answered,
It would have to be Audrey Hepburn. It was her inner beauty, her compassion, and her aura. The calm that he had inside was reflected ”.
Yukta Mookhey won the title of and was crowned Miss World 1999 by her predecessor Linor Abargil. She became the fourth Indian woman to win this crown. Mookhey also won the Queen of Beauty of Asia and Oceania award during the Miss World 1999 pageant.
Yukta Mookhey made her acting debut in 2001 with the Tamil film “Poovellam Un Vasam” for a guest appearance on a song titled “Yukta Mookhey”. He made his Bollywood debut with the film “Pyaasa” in 2002. The film turned out to be a flop at the box office. Later, he signed for many movies like Kab Kyon Kahan, Hum Teeno, and Insaaf: The Justice, but none of the movies made it to theaters. In 2019, Yukta Mookhey appeared in the movie Good Newwz after an interval of almost 19 years.
Facts / Trivia
- Yukta Mookhey participated in the Miss India pageant at the age of 22.
- Yukta Mookhey has been learning the Indian classic for more than three years.
- Yukta Mookhey and Priyanka Chopra made history at the Miss World 2000 pageant when Yukta Mookhey crowned Priyanka Chopra Miss World 2000. It was the first time in Miss World pageant history that a former Miss World crowned the next Miss World from the same country.
- After completing her term as Miss World, Yukta Mookhey continued to work with various charities and NGOs.
- Yukta is an active environmental activist and has supported many environmental initiatives such as Swachh Kalyani Nagar, which educates people to incorporate practices that generate minimal or no waste.
- In 2018, he joined a campaign to prevent illegal logging at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, to pave the way for road and subway construction. She said-
I don’t see any reason to build the road and the subway from the sanctuary. The subway can be built underground and the road can be built elsewhere. Humans are not capable of doing what ‘Mother Earth’ can do. So we are only asking to stop the works and also to stop cutting down the trees ”.
- His hobbies include listening to music and traveling to new places in his spare time.
- Yukta Mookhey, in January 2019, was invited to TED Talks as a motivational speaker.