Newly-crowned Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu in Mumbai, India, December 23, 2021. Image Credit: REUTERS

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu has shared her excitement for what lies ahead in her journey.

Sandhu, who already has two upcoming Punjabi films in the pipeline, hopes to venture into Bollywood sometime soon.

“I hope to see myself there because that has always been my passion, but I do not want to be a normal actress. I want to be an actress who is very influential, who chooses strong characters that break stigmas and stereotypes around who women are and what all they can do,” Sandhu told ANI.

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India's Harnaaz Sandhu waves after being crowned Miss Universe 2021 during the 70th Miss Universe pageant, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Eilat, Israel. Image Credit: AP

While Sandhu has carved her name in history, she believes she is just another “desi girl”.

“Apart from my passions — modelling and acting, I am very fond of gardening because I have always been close to nature, and I also enjoy cooking. So I am just another normal, like a desi girl, I would say,” she added.

Further, Sandhu shared that she loves to be around people.

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“I like spending time with others because I get to learn a lot from others, and this is life — when we support each other and learn from each other,” she signed off.

Sandhu, 21, brought home the Miss Universe crown after 21 years. India had earlier won the coveted crown twice with Sushmita Sen bagging the title in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000.