If fasting at Ram Lila Maidan or protesting on the streets is not your thing, now there are some glamorous ways of joining Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption. Anna parties, fashion shows and even risque photoshoots are the latest additions to the protesting frenzy.
Last night, Forgetful Elephant in GK-I hosted an Anna theme fashion show to unveil the latest collection by wardrobe planner Kavita Ghai. The girls walking the ramp were made to wear Anna caps. “We all support Anna, but are not in favour of coming out on roads. So, we planned a protest like this,” says Gurveen Singh, the owner of the place. He adds that proceeds from the food bills for the night will also be sent to Anna Hazare’s fund.
Juke Box in Nehru Place kicked off an Anna Special Party which will continue till the Lokpal Bill is passed. They are distributing Anna caps and Indian flags to people before they hit the dance floor. “We also have a collage wall where guests can show their support. The collage will then be sent to Ram Lila Maidan,” says Atin Khanna, the co-owner of Juke Box.
Chalchitra Cafe in GK-II has redone their interiors with the Indian flag and Anna caps. The restaurant staff will wear Anna masks and distribute them to guests, too. “We want everyone to notice the movement and increase Anna’s army,” says Nitin Janwani, the co-owner.
Delhi’s designers aren’t far behind, either. “We, the design fraternity, are also planning an event for the cause, and will finalise plans soon,” says Delhi-based designer Preeti Ghai, who visited the Ram Lila Maidan earlier this week. “People are showing support in their unique ways. I will be attending every Anna party,” says Varun Katyal, a socialite.
That’s not all. Adding yet more glamour in the mix is Marathi actor Yoggitta Dandekar, who recently announced that she will run naked in a marathon if the Janlokpal bill is passed.
Actor Prateik, who features in UTV and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s October release, My Friend Pinto, recently posed for promotional shoots of the film in a T-shirt on which the name ‘Pinto’ was changed to ‘Anna’. The film’s Facebook page and posters have also seen similar modifications, and are a hit.