India News Bulletin Desk

Bollywood stars and British celebs will walk the red carpet as India’s top fashion designer Manish Malhotra showcases his first collection in the UK on Saturday February 23.

24-year-old Parineeti Chopra will be in the UK for a Manish Malhotra "save a girl" fundraiser event
24-year-old Parineeti Chopra will be in the UK for a Manish Malhotra "save a girl" fundraiser event

Bollywood’s leading ladies including Parineeti Chopra and Rangeela actor Urmila Matondkar among other celebs will walk the ramp for Malhotra.

The stars are set to gather at a gala charity fundraiser in aid of the Angeli Foundation, a charity that works to empower the girl child in India

Amongst the British stars lending their support to the Angeli Foundation will be legendary star and comedian 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 and 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 too will participate in the “save the girl child” fundraising fashion show.

“We are very excited that Parineeti and Urmila have both agreed to come to our fundraiser and walk the ramp!” said Ratika Puri Kapur, chair of the UK Chapter of the Angeli Foundation.

“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.”

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. Inequality in India exists from female foeticide to limiting healthcare and education in favour of male siblings, to bride burnings, unreported rapes and acid attacks, according to the organisation.