Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor to Walk for Mijwan at Designer Manish Malhotra's Fashion Showcase

It's that time of the year again, where the biggest names in films, fashion and business come together for the annual fundraiser fashion show hosted by the Mijwan Welfare Society. Designer Manish Malhotra is all set to put up a spectacular fashion show case - ‘The Walk Of Mijwan', showcasing the exquisite craft of Chikankari by the women of Mijwan, fashioned into contemporary silhouettes by Malhotra in his signature style. This is the 9th annual fundraiser for Mijwan in support of the movement started by Late Kaifi Azmi in 1993.

The show was originally scheduled to take place on April 9. However, it was rescheduled, and changes had to be accommodated as the showstoppers weren't too well. While Ranbir was reportedly down with Typhoid, DP has been nursing a back problem. The show will now take place on April 19 this week.

Ranbir Kapoor, Goodwill Ambassador of MWS since 2014, will be seen walking the ramp along with Deepika Padukone. This marks his return to the Mijwan ramp after four years. While confirming the news, Namrata Goyal said, "This will also be the first time that Deepika Padukone walks the ramp for the Mijwan Fashion show and we are so excited to have her support us."  While talking about the cause, Ranbir stated, “We, the young people of India, need to turn our attention towards rural India and focus on empowering the girl child. My sister Riddhima and I were raised as equals and I want every girl and boy to be treated equally. To my young friends, I say “Be the Change you wish to see in the world. You can do it, and your time starts now.”

Designer Manish Malhotra at the Mijwan Fashion Showcase 2017
with show stoppers Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma
Adds Deepika, "I have walked the ramp many times before, but this is truly a fashion show with a difference because Manish Malhotra bridges the urban - rural divide by taking the traditional craft of chikankari and fashioning it into contemporary silhouettes in his signature style. Mijwan Welfare Society's work over the last 9 years has been instrumental in giving the women and girl children of Mijwan the confidence to negotiate a better future for themselves. Congratulations to Shabanaji and Namrata for carrying forward Kaifi Saheb’s dream and inspiring us to become active participants in the process of change.”

Ranbir Kapoor at the Mijwan showcase in 2014

During the showcase, two girls from Mijwan - Lalima Chauhan and Renu, who have studied at the Kaifi Azmi School and learned embroidery at the Centre (and are now teaching there), will also talk about their respective success stories. Today, they are proud to fund their further education themselves from the money they earn at the Centre. Chauhan says, "I am grateful to MWS for giving me the wings to fly and dream big. I have learned that girls and boys are equal. All that is needed is an opportunity. Thank you Mijwan for giving me that opportunity.”

 The biggest change witnessed in Mijwan and surrounding areas has been the complete eradication of Child Marriage - a practice that was rampant till a few years ago. An emotional Shabana Azmi says, “My father once wrote 'Koi toh sood chukaye, Koi toh zimma ley uss inquilab ka jo aaj tak udhaar sa hai.' Through MWS we are trying to repay that debt.”

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