Yukta Mookhey

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Yukta Mookhey
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Yukta Inderlal Mookhey
(1977-10-07) October 7, 1977 (age 39)
Bangalore, India
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1999–present
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Hair colour Black
Eye colour Brown
Femina Miss India 1999
(Miss World India)
(Miss Photogenic)
Miss World 1999
(Miss World - Asia & Oceania)
Spouse Prince Tuli

Yukta Mookhey (born October 7, 1977 in Bangalore, India) is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1999 pageant.

Early life[edit]

Mookhey was born in Bangalore and was raised in Dubai until Mookhey was seven years of age. The Mookhey family moved back to Mumbai in June 1986. Her mother Aruna runs a grooming consulting firm and her father was a doctor. After school, Mookhey studied zoology at V.G. Vaze college. Mookhey has a diploma in computer sciences and has studied Hindustani classical music for three years.[1]

Miss World[edit]

The 49th Miss World pageant was held on 4 December 1999 at Olympia, London. Mookhey was crowned Miss World 1999 beating 93 delegates from other countries. She became the fourth woman from India to win Miss World after Reita Faria in 1966, Aishwarya Rai in 1994 and Diana Hayden in 1997.


Mookhey entered the film industry and her first film was an item number in the 2001 Tamil movie Poovellam Un Vasam directed by Ezhil, starring Ajith kumar and Jyothika in the lead roles. She made her Bollywood debut with Pyaasa in 2002 starring with Aftab Shivdasani. The film proved to be a flop at the box office.[2] In 2005, she acted in two films Memsahab and Love in Japan and in 2006, she appeared in the music video Kathputali.

Yukta Mookhey at Telly Chakkar's Talent Awards

Personal life[edit]

On September 7, 2008, Mookhey got engaged to Prince Tuli, a New York-based businessman and financial consultant at a ceremony held at the Grand Maratha in Mumbai.[3] The marriage was held on November 2, 2008 in a traditional Sikh ceremony at a Nagpur Gurudwara followed by a reception.[4] They have one son together.

In July, 2013, Mookhey lodged a domestic violence complaint against her husband and a First Information Report (FIR) was registered under Section 498A (cruelty and harassment) and Section 377 (unnatural sex or rape) of Indian Penal Code.[5] In June 2014, the couple obtained divorce through consensus.[6]

Charitable works[edit]

Mookhey engages in social and charitable causes for the poor and underprivileged.[7] In 2010, she donated her eyes.[8] Mookhey and Aishwarya Rai are some of the few Bollywood celebrities who have donated their eyes.[9][10]

Yukta Mookhey at Lavasa Women's T-shirt launch


In 2004, Mookhey became member of the political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[11][12]


Film Year Role Notes Reference
Poovellam Un Vasam 2001 Guest appearance Tamil film [13][14]
Pyaasa 2002 Sheetal Hindi film [15]
Katputtli 2006 Anju [16][17]
Love In Japan 2006 Guest Appearance [18][19]
Kab Kahaba Tu I Love You 2007 Assamese film [20]
Memsahab - Lost In A Mirage 2008 Anjali [21][22]
Yukta Mookhey at stree Shakti Women Awards 2014

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Yukta Mookhey – Profile". Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Yukta, career profile". 
  3. ^ "Yukta Mookey's engagement". 
  4. ^ "Yukta Mookhey's wedding". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Actress Yukta Mookhey lodges fir against husband". ndtv.com. 
  6. ^ "Yukta Mookhey and Tuli get divorce". Patrika Group (in Hindi). Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Not films, birthday girl Yukta Mookhey hit the headlines for this!". Daily Bhaskar. 26 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Former Miss World Yukta Mookhey donates her eyes!!". www.onlinesahaya.org. Sahaya Charitable Trust. 12 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Aishwarya Rai wants to donate her eyes". The Indian Express. 26 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Miss Worlds donate their eyes!! Aishwarya Rai and Yukta Mookhey eye donation.". Mohan Foundation. 20 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Yukta Mookhey joins BJP". The Times Of India. 5 March 2004. 
  12. ^ "Sharad Joshi joins hands with NDA, Yukta Mookhey in BJP". The Hindu. 6 March 2004. 
  13. ^ "Poovelaam un vaasam". Hinduonnet.com. 
  14. ^ "Poovellam un Vaasam Review". ia.rediff.com. 
  15. ^ "Pyaasa". Bollywoodhungma.com. 
  16. ^ "Katputli". Bollywoodhungama.com. 
  17. ^ "Katputli Review". Indiafm.com. 
  18. ^ "Love in Japan". Bollywoodhungma.com. 
  19. ^ "Love in Japan review". Parinda.com. 
  20. ^ "Kab Kahaba Tu I Love You". Indiafm.com. 
  21. ^ "Memsahab". Indiafm.com. 
  22. ^ "Memsahab Review". Smashits.com. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Israel Linor Abargil
Miss World
Succeeded by
India Priyanka Chopra
Preceded by
Malaysia Lina Teoh
Miss World Asia & Oceania
Succeeded by
India Priyanka Chopra
Preceded by
Annie Thomas
Femina Miss India World
Succeeded by
Priyanka Chopra