Prithviraj: Miss Universe Manushi Chhillar spills the beans on how her debut is similar to Deepika Padukone's first film

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Gorgeous debutante Manushi Chhillar has got the biggest launch of 2021 coming up as Prithviraj is slated to release this Diwali. The former Miss World, who won the crown 17 years after Priyanka Chopra last won it for India, has been paired opposite Akshay Kumar in this YRF historical. Manushi considers herself fortunate that Prithviraj is the big Diwali release. "Growing up, I remember going to the theatre to watch a movie during Diwali. It was evident to us that one of the biggest films of the year would be released on Diwali and were a community viewing exercise. Today, as my film has been slated as a Diwali release, I can only be grateful that I'm getting this launch by YRF," says Manushi.

The 23-year-old svelte beauty says she has given it her all for the film and is eager to see the reaction of audiences. "I have given this debut my all and have worked consistently on myself, for over a year, to deliver this important and beautiful part. So, I'm quite eager for my film to do well and hopefully for people to love it," she says.

The last time a debutant got such a huge Diwali release was Deepika Padukone with Om Shanti Om. Deepika too incidentally was a model who turned actress. Ask Manushi if this is a daunting comparison and she says, "When you say that I'm getting a Diwali debut similar to the debut Deepika Padukone got with Om Shanti Om, I can only consider myself fortunate. Deepika is someone many girls look up to and is an inspiration to many."

She adds, "Honestly, I'm not over-burdening myself with the expectations. I want to enjoy the release of my first film and I want this process to be etched in my mind forever. So, I wish to cherish every step of the way."

Well, debuts certainly don't get bigger than this, do they?

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