The Indian male pageant industry came into existence in the mid-90’s when India began participating in international male pageants. Today, the Rubaru Mr. India pageant contributes more than 70% to India’s male pageant industry, by producing more than 10 winners every year. These titleholders represent India at different international male pageants based in different parts of the world. Rubaru Mr. India pageant is also the highest contributor to the number of awards won by Indian representatives at various international championships for men. One of the prime reasons behind Rubaru Mr. India competition’s astounding success is the pageant’s winners and the team that selects and trains them.
In 2021, at its 17th edition, the Rubaru Mr. India competition elected 11 equal winners that would go on to represent India at 11 different international pageants that include Mister Global, Mister Model Worldwide, Mister Model International, Mister Grand International, Mister Tourism World, Mister United Continents, Mister National Universe, The Mister, Mister Star Universe, Mister Landscapes International and Master of Misters. No other male pageant in Asia is associated with that many number of international pageants as Rubaru Mr. India does.
The other trait that sets the Rubaru Mr. India pageant apart from the conventional pageants is that, the Rubaru Mr India pageant appreciates and honors a man’s noble qualities like personality, confidence, intellect and eloquence to name a few. From a candidate’s intellect to eloquence; from his confidence to his personality; from his runway skills to his fitness, every aspect is taken under consideration while selecting the pageant’s winners and there exist different award categories for each of these qualities in the Rubaru Mr. India organization.
Other than this, Rubaru Mr. India is the only male pageant in India that receives candidates from almost all the parts of the nation. From Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu; from Rajasthan to West Bengal; from Maharashtra to Sikkim; from Punjab to Jharkhand. Almost all the states get represented at this male pageant and to honor and acknowledge the concept of Unity in diversity, the pageant also has a national costume segment in which the candidates display their respective states’ traditional attires. It is also the only male pageant in India that has this unique segment in the competition.
The selection process of the winners expands over months. The team of Rubaru Mr. India pageant observes each and every activity of the candidates from the moment they get selected for the national final show. Every week, each candidate’s performance is evaluated and he is assigned a score. This process continues till the grand finale of the pageant. Thus, the winners that we see during the grand finale are the candidates that have consistently received highest scores consecutively for multiple weeks in all the segments of the pageant.
The Rubaru Mr. India pageant is divided into several different segments each focusing on some different parameters of the contestants. It includes Interview segments (Preliminary and final), Talent competition, National Costume competition, Social impact and awareness segment, Extempore / Free speech / Debates, formal wear round, fitness and physique round and traditional / Indian / Indo-western wear round. For days, the candidates are judged in these different rounds prior to the winners’ election on the final day.
The 2-to-3-hour show that we all witness during the grand finale is just the tip of the iceberg. The selection process of the winners is far more intricate than what we perceive. Thus, the handsome men we see walking down the runway with winners’ trophies are not just ordinary guys rather they are ordinary guys with extraordinary talents and skills.