Sonakashi Sinha, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Ranjan walk for Anu Ranjan's 'Beti' Foundation at IIJW
Yes, I am a Girl,
but that doesn’t mean that I am Weak;
I may be Alone,
but that doesn’t mean that I am Scared;
I may be Quiet,
but that doesn’t mean that I can’t Raise my Voice;
I may be Shy,
but that doesn’t mean that I can’t Fight Back;
You might think I am Vulnerable,
but certainly I am not gonna be a Victim;
Yes, I am a Girl,
And I am not Scared to stand for my right...
- Excerpt from Dharmishtha Dagia’s poetry
The recent cases of rapes in Delhi and Mumbai have put the country into a state of shock. Every girl be it in a metro city or a town, certainly gets nervous when she gets late in office, she looks at almost every man suspiciously. Today, the women have lost their freedom, even in company of friends or husband they aren’t safe. Last year, Anu Ranjan helped one such acid attack victim, Sonali Mukherjee and gave her new hope to live her life. Sonali got immense confidence and hope after seeing that she is not alone in her fight, and along with Anu Ranjan there are so many eminent personalities who were there to support her.
This year also Gitanjali Group opened the fourth edition of the India International Jewellery Week 2013 in association with Anu Ranjan’s Beti. The Beti foundation started by Anu Ranjan, President of the Indian Television Academy and since then there has been no looking back and it has continued to do a wonderful work in helping women around the country. Anu Ranjan and Gitanjali Group announced the strengthening of their commitment towards Beti, aiming to take the message to an ever-wider audience across the country.
Like last year, this year too Beti’s show was a hot hit at IIJW. On the catwalk were a bevy of more than 100 Bollywood and TV Stars who walked the ramp in support of Beti. Spheres of white carnations were suspended from the ceiling at the end of crystal streamers and the stage was set for a show with a soul that paid tribute to women. Anu Ranjan invited Sonali Mukherjee, the victim of the horrid acid attack on the stage who shared her story of struggle as she fought her way back to life.
After listening to her touching story, the entire atmosphere got tensed to lighten the moods Rahul Vaidya accompanied by a live band paid a tribute to women with touching songs. After his loving & exuberant performance, Akansha Ranjan walked down the ramp looking beautiful and soon there was a line-up of the top TV actresses each dazzling under the ramp lights with gorgeous jewellery from Asmi, Nakshatra, Gili and D’damas.
The second segment was a special one, dedicated solely to the Betis. Celebrities walked the ramp with their Betis, all looking gorgeous in the sparkling jewels. Anushka Ranjan, Brand Ambassador, Beti looked resplendent in a fabulous diamond encrusted collar concluded the segment to a thunderous applause. Following her was the league of the most lovely couples all looking stunning.
Bringing in more drama was the beautiful brand ambassador of Gitanjali, former Miss India 2011, Ankita Shorey who made a grand entrance wearing an intricate choker, danglers, bangles and maang tikka. As they say keep the best for the last, thus when Sonakshi Sinha, Brand ambassador of D’Damas and Akshay Kumar came on stage they caused a sensation on the ramp. Adding to the glamour of the show were the fabulous creations and designs by Mohini Chabria in which all the Stars bedazzled on the ramp. The Beti fashion show not only gave a scintillating opening to the India International Jewellery Week 2013 but also was a great tribute to all the women and Betis.
More than 100 TV and Bollywood celebrities and other eminent personalities who walked the ramp in support of Beti were Munmun Dutta, Divyanka Tripathi, Nia Sharma, Vishwajeet Pradhan with his daughter Dhruvika, Krystle Dsouza, Hunar Hali, Adaa Khan, Asha Negi, Esha Kansara, Rouble Nagi, Sara Khan, Dimple Jhangiani, Alka Yagnik, Aasiya Kazi, Neela & Asit Modi, Muskaan Mihani, Monica Bedi, Shweta Kawaatra, Manav Gohil with his daughter Zahra, Rajan Shahi with his daughter Ishika, Iqbal Khan with his daughter Ammaara, Karan Mehra, Nisha Rawal, Vivian Dsena, Vahbbiz Dorabjee, Pooja & Shaad Randhava, Shruti Kanwar, Barkha Bisht Sengupta with her little daughter Meera, Angad Hasija with his daughter Vaishnavi, Addite & Mohit Malik, Roop Kumar Rathod with his daughter Reva,Raj Nayak with his daughter Aatiya, Sayantani Ghosh, Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Ankita Shorey,Yashashri Masurkar, Shamin Mannan, Krishika Lulla with her daughter Sia, Kulbir Channa with her daughter Ahsaas, Kamini Khanna with her daughter Ragini, Amar Upadhyay with his daughter Chenab, Bhavna & Jai Kalra with their daughters Aanya & Sayona, Preet Mulani, Chandan Rathod, Rishika Mihani, Shaheer Sheikh, Alyona & Sanjeev Kapoor, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi with her daughter Kaveri, Rohit Gupta with his daughters Tanvi & Trisha, Hanan Rumi Jafry with her daughter Alfia, Sangeeta & Harinder Singh, Pooja & Anil Kapoor, Rithvik Dhanjani, Mohammad Nazim, Rehaan Roy, Mallika Juneja, Shakti Arora, Neha Saxena, Mantra, Kunwar, Charlie, Ayub Khan with his daughter Tahura, Daljeet & Shaleen Bhanot, Vishal Singh, Nandish Sandhu, Jaswir Kaur, Narayani Shastri amongst many others.
The IIJW ramp gleamed as the most enthralling personalities of television and the charismatic Bollywood celebs ornamented the occasion and the cause with their luminous presence. Surely everyone present there was spellbound with the Magic of these Stars. The Beti Fashion show by GR8! in association with Gitanjali was undoubtedly one of the most magnificent and touching fashion shows presented at the IIJW 2013!
- Dharmishtha Dagia