20-year-old Amal Rajesh, son of Rajesh MV and Sripriya Rajesh, has made Kerala proud by bringing home the title of Mr Face of India. He is the first Malayali to win the pageant. It was a surreal moment for Amal Rajesh after winning the title. Months of hard work and sacrifices really paid off for this talented chap. “I’m glad I could make Malayalis proud. I hope this can inspire more Malayalis (and non-Malayalis) to pursue their interest in modelling and achieve bigger things,” Amal cheerfully said.
Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science Engineering in SCMS, Amal has been keen on taking up modelling as a career since his 12th grade. He shared, “I kept on researching and working on myself. Finally, I got my first fashion gig. The first show I did was a designer show by GFW for which I was selected through an audition. I got to work under one of the greatest names in the fashion industry like Dalu Krishnadas who has around 16 or more years of experience. That was how I got into modelling. A lot of photoshoots and research later, I started to look into various pageants that I could participate in.”
The Mr Face of India competition, conducted under the banner of Star Entertainment Productions, had over 120 models from different states of India who participated (40 models in the men’s category). Amal Rajesh was selected as a finalist through an audition round, held in Kochi. The audition included a ramp walk round, talent round and question-answer session. Amal commented, “The ramp walk round went smoothly. For the talent round, I showed off my callisthenics skills. But what got me selected was the question-answer round. The judges asked me what my biggest fear was. I said that my biggest fear was the fear of failing, and that’s what keeps me going. The more fear I have, the more I want to win. After two days, I got the call saying that I was selected.”
Thankfully, Amal’s family and friends have always been supportive. He added, “There were moments where I doubted myself and if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have been able to pull through. I’m especially thankful to my mentor Mukundan of Life Gymnasium who made me the person I am today. My family and friends were so happy when I broke the news to them. I was so happy to see the smiles on their faces and that was one of the biggest awards I could ask for.“
Amal plans to do more pageants and research about the modelling industry while completing his Computer Science Degree. He wishes to represent India at a global level in the future, and inspire more Indians to chase their dreams.