Bollywood and Brit glamour go head to head on Saturday 23rd February as India’s top fashion designer, Manish Malhotra showcases his first collection in the UK. Stars are set to gather at a gala charity fundraiser in aid of The Angeli Foundation. The Angeli Foundation works to ‘Save the Girl Child’ and redress the balance for women who are treated as second-class citizens throughout their lives. From female infanticide to limiting healthcare and education in favor of male siblings, to bride burning, unreported rapes and acid attacks, inequality in India exists from womb to woman.
Flying in to support this fashion show with a purpose is Bollywood darling Parineeti Chopra (of “Ishaqzaade” fame) who will be jetting in to support her close friend, Manish Malhotra, and ‘walk the ramp’ along with fashion icon and Rangeela star Urmila Matondkar! If the buzz is to be believed, then it is quite possible that Malhotra has roped in some other big Bollywood beauties for this fashion show too!
The British contingent is also getting their glad rags ready as they turn out for a night of glamour, glitz and giving… Among the stars lending their support to The Angeli Foundation will be legendary star Meera Syal; Adil Ray now better known as Citizen Khan; “Holby City and Casualty” stars Laila Rouass, Sunetra Sarker and Hari Dhillon; Coronation Street’s Jimi Harkishin; former Eastenders Ace Bhatti and Shivani Ghai; BBC TV presenters Anita Rani and Sonali Shah; BBC radio presenters Anushka Arora, Sunny & Shay; Radio 1’s Nihal, and Kiss FM’s DJ Neev.
Ratika Puri Kapur, chair of the UK Chapter of The Angeli Foundation said of the celebrity support:
“We are very excited that Parineeti and Urmila have both agreed to come to our fundraiser and walk the ramp! I am sure they will be the showstoppers on the night. I have also been amazed and touched by the level of support from all the British celebrities and am looking forward to meeting them all. It is going to be a very important night for all the girls in India that we work with to give them a sense of value and independence.”
Tickets are sold out for this fantastic event! However, we’ll bring you the scoop as and when we hear it!