Yukta Mookhey

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Yukta Mookhey
Yukta at an event in Mangiamo restaurant, Mumbai.jpg
Mookhey in 2017.
Yukta Inderlal Mookhey

(1977-10-07) 7 October 1977 (age 41)[1]
Alma materVaze College of Arts, Science and Commerce[1]
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)Prince Tuli
Children1 (son)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Hair colourBlack
Eye colourBrown
Femina Miss India 1999
(1st runner-up)
(Miss Photogenic)
Miss World 1999
(Miss World - Asia & Oceania)

Yukta Mookhey (born 7 October 1977 in Bangalore, India) is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss World 1999 pageant. She was the fourth Indian woman to win the Miss World title. She was also crowned as Miss World - Asia and Oceania during the contest.[2]

Early life[edit]

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]


Femina Miss India[edit]

At the age of ninteen, Mookhey entered herself at the Femina Miss India 1999 contest, where she was shortlisted as a contestant. At the grand finale, she was crowned as Miss India World (first runner-up) by the outgoing titleholder Annie Thomas, giving her the right to represent India at the Miss World 1999 contest.[3][4]

Miss World[edit]

The 49th edition of the Miss World pageant was held on 4 December 1999 at Olympia, London and 93 delegates from around the world competed for the title. At the end of the event, Mookhey was crowned as Miss World 1999 by her predecessor Linor Abargil from Israel.[5][6] She also won the Asia & Oceania’s Queen of Beauty Award during the Miss World contest.[2] Mookhey became the fourth woman from India to win Miss World after Reita Faria in 1966, Aishwarya Rai in 1994 and Diana Hayden in 1997.[7][8]


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 Hindi film debut with Pyaasa in 2002 starring with Aftab Shivdasani. The film proved to be a flop at the box office.[9] In 2005, she acted in two films Memsahab and Love in Japan and in 2006, she appeared in the music video Kathputali.

Mookhey at the 2013 Global Peace concert, in Mumbai's Andheri Sports Complex, on Martyrs' Day (30 January)

Mookhey is involved in social and charitable causes for the underprivileged.[10] She primarily works for people affected by HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and thalassemia.[11] Yukta has also donated her organs.[12] She says, "This step will benefit someone, once I leave this world".[11]

Personal life[edit]

On 7 September 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.[13] The marriage was held on 2 November 2008 in a traditional Sikh ceremony at a Nagpur Gurudwara followed by a reception.[14] 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) of Indian Penal Code.[15] In June 2014, the couple obtained a consensual divorce.[16][17]


In 2004, Mookhey became member of the political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[18][19]



Film Year Role Notes Ref.
Poovellam Un Vasam 2001 Guest appearance Tamil film [20]
Pyaasa 2002 Sheetal Hindi film [21]
Katputtli 2006 Anju [22][23]
Love In Japan 2006 Guest Appearance [24][25]
Kab Kahaba Tu I Love You 2007 Bhojpuri film [26]
Memsahab - Lost In A Mirage 2008 Anjali [27][28]


Title Year Role Notes Ref.
Femina Miss India 1999 1999 Herself – contestant [29][30]
Miss World 1999 1999 Herself – contestant International pageant [31]
International Indian Film Awards 2000 2000 Host Award ceremony [32]
Miss World 2000 2000 Herself [33]


  1. ^ a b c "From Sushmita Sen to Diana Hayden, see how educated your favourite Indian beauty pageant winners are". India Times. 25 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Bollywood Confidential - Yukta Mookhey". Indiatimes News. 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ Priya Ramani (1 February 1999). "New Miss India Gul Panag next to try a shot at Miss Universe crown". India Today. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Femina Miss India 1999 Grand Finale". Beauty Pageants (Miss India Organazation). 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Miss India takes world crown". The Gainesville Sun. 5 December 1999.
  6. ^ "Indian beauty crowned Miss World 1999 amid protests". The New Straits Times. 6 December 1999.
  7. ^ "Makers of India - Women of Fame". Indian Mirror. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  8. ^ Simon Robinson. "India's Most Influential". Time magazine.
  9. ^ "Yukta, career profile".
  10. ^ "Not films, birthday girl Yukta Mookhey hit the headlines for this!". Daily Bhaskar. 26 October 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Yukta Mookhey to direct films". Economic Times. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Surya Eye hospital photo gallery (Meeting celebrity) - Ms Yukta Mookhey at website launch". Surya Eye Hospital. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Yukta Mookey's engagement".
  14. ^ "Yukta Mookhey's wedding". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Actress Yukta Mookhey lodges fir against husband". ndtv.com.
  16. ^ "Yukta Mookhey and Tuli get divorce". Patrika Group (in Hindi). Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Former Miss World Yukta Mookhey, Prince Tuli get divorce". India Today. 26 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Yukta Mookhey joins BJP". The Times Of India. 5 March 2004.
  19. ^ "Sharad Joshi joins hands with NDA, Yukta Mookhey in BJP". The Hindu. 6 March 2004.
  20. ^ "Poovellam un Vaasam Review". ia.rediff.com.
  21. ^ "Pyaasa". Bollywoodhungma.com.
  22. ^ "Katputli". Bollywoodhungama.com. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008.
  23. ^ "Katputli Review". Indiafm.com.
  24. ^ "Love in Japan". Bollywoodhungma.com.
  25. ^ "Love in Japan review". Parinda.com. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Kab Kahaba Tu I Love You". Indiafm.com.
  27. ^ "Memsahab". Indiafm.com.
  28. ^ "Memsahab Review". Smashits.com.
  29. ^ "Miss India 1999 - Glimpse of the past". Indiatimes. 1 April 2009.
  30. ^ "Miss India 2000 countdown begins". The Business Line. 11 January 2000.
  31. ^ "Miss India crowned Miss World 1999 amidst feminist demonstrations". Reading Eagle. 5 December 1999.
  32. ^ "First IIFA Award ceremony in the year 2000". International Indian Film Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 14 July 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  33. ^ "India's Chopra is the new Miss World". New Straits Times. 2 December 2000. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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