Bollywood’s veteran actress Shabana Azmi is held in high esteem by film critics and movie-goers. Performance-wise, only the late Smita Patil is cited as either equal to Shabana (of not more talented than Shabana). None among the contemporary lot of actresses in Bollywood (except for Vidya Balan to a certain extent) even comes close to being compared to Shabana’s acting prowess.
Among the many roles that Shabana has glorified was her Fire which had Nandita Das as her co-star. The film, apparently the first (and only) film in the country to have touched upon the taboo topic of lesbian relationship, garnered negative publicity to the actress when it released more than a decade back. Of late, Shabana has reduced her filmy commitments and has been involved in many social welfare activities.
Recently, she arranged for a ‘ramp walk’ show in Mumbai involving leading actors and actresses of Bollywood in order to drum up funds for the NGO Mijwan Charity run by her. Among the actresses and actors who indulged in the ramp walk in a joyous mood was our own Prabhudeva, who has of late become one of the most sought-after directors in Bollywood thanks to his back-to-back hits in Wanted and Rowdy Rathore.
What made the show even special was that all the celebrities did the ramp walk clad in clothes exclusively prepared for the occasion by the women’s self-help group part of the NGO. Deepika Padukone, Parineeti Chopra, Malaika Arora, Sameera Reddy Imran Khan and director Karan Johar were among those who took part in the ‘ramp walk’ show held to raise funds for the NGO run by Azmi.
Prabhudeva has tweeted on his Twitter page that he was happy that he could do a ‘little bit’ towards improving the quality of lives of poor children by taking part in the ramp walk.