Big B, Akshay to walk the ramp for Shabana Azmi

Star icon Amitabh Bachchan and actor Akhsay Kumar are ready to walk the ramp in apparels designed by under-privileged women of Mizwan village for Shabana Azmi’s charity fashion show.

Amitabh Bachchan, 71, and Akshay, 46, will be joined by Farhan Akhtar, Ranbir Kapoor Sidharth Malhotra and many other Bollywood stars at the event, which is scheduled to take place on April 1 at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.

According to reports, veteran actress Shabana Azmi said the idea is to convey that ‘the man cares for the woman’. Stars of different generations of the Hindi film industry will walk the ramp to show their support towards emancipation of the female gender. The show — Men For Mijwan by Manish Malhotra, is in support of Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS), an NGO founded by Shabana’s father, in 1993.

The actress was quoted in the media as saying, “What is unique about the event is that iconic male stars from different generations, whom we are referring to as MEN OF STYLE will be walking the ramp for the empowerment of women in rural India”.

The NGO’s plan is to empower rural India with focus on the girl child and women, which is jointly run by Shabana and her godchild Namrata Goyal. The fundraising show will have creations with chikankari art by Mijwan girls.

“It is very heartening that my colleagues in the film industry whom we approached, were all aware of Mijwan and warmed up to the idea and I am truly indebted to them for their support," Shabana said.

“In fact, they have been forward in spite of gruelling film schedules. Some will come straight from their shooting, while some need to go back for a night shift, but they are accommodating us because the issue is so important,” she added.

Women empowerment is a subject very close to Shabana’s heart and says she is happy with the way Mijwan has grown over the years.

“When we started, we had one embroidery centre in Mijwan. Today we have 10 centres across Uttar Pradesh and we’re still counting. The girls and women now have a livelihood because of which their status within the family has changed,” she said.

“They are saying no to marriage before the age of 18, have opened bank accounts in their names and they are being looked upon as assets, not liabilities. It’s a huge mindset transformation in a patriarchal society,” she added.