Seniors set the ramp on fire (With Images)

May 2nd, 2009 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Slumdog Millionaire New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Sushila Sharma, 65, had a childhood dream of becoming a model. This didn’t happen till she became a grandmother. On Saturday the elegant lady sashayed down the ramp with confidence and her children and grandchildren cheered for her.
“I was very nervous before the show,” said Sharma, who walked the ramp at the first fashion show in India that had senior citizens between 62 and 90, according to its organisers.

“This was my childhood dream but I had never thought that it will ever come true, that too at this age. I was very nervous before the show but once I was on stage and I saw this huge crowd in front of me and saw my grandchildren cheering for me, I just got the confidence and walked calmly,” Sharma told IANS.

The gestures and facial expressions of the unconventional models particularly wooed the audience, as they didn’t follow the set norms of the regular fashion show and walked in style, danced on stage and acknowledged everyone in the audience with folded hands.

For 83-year-old Meera Sethi, this fashion show was no big deal because she has been a teacher for years and has no stage fright.

“It was a very good experience and I was not at all nervous because I have done a lot of stage shows and debates during my college days, and during teaching days my association with stage continued. But this was something new and I really liked the concept,” Sethi maintained.

Subhash Malik, 70, walked the ramp in a cream sherwani and then said this fashion show was an “out of world” experience for him.

“This was amazing. I have no words to explain. I don’t remember the last time when I was dressed so brilliantly. I don’t even remember what I was wearing on my marriage. I am feeling like a maharaja (king),” Malik said.

The senior citizen models were in salwar suits, lehanga cholis, saris, kurta pyjamas, sherwanis and suits in black, red, pink, white and beige hues designed by Ritu Beri.

“I had kept myself in mind while designing these clothes because I thought what I would like to wear when I grow old. So I would like to look beautiful as well as elegant, hence the collection is about that only,” she said.

With Bollywood songs like “Genda Phool…” from “Dilli 6″ and “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” playing in the background, the audience cheered loudly seeing their parents and grandparents posing confidently for the shutterbugs.

“My dadi (grandmother) was initially very sceptical about this idea. She is a bit conservative. But after a lot of motivation she agreed to do this show and look how beautiful she is looking. She has never looked so beautiful before,” said Swati Arora, whose 70-year-old grandmother was among the models setting the ramp on fire.

“After the show, I straightaway went backstage and hugged her,” Swati added.

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