This season’s IPL has been hot on the field, but even hotter off it. Much of the heat has been generated by the sexy cheerleaders at the matches and the hot, foreign women at the post-match bashes.
The presence of these firang babes at the parties is a sign of a hot new trend in Delhi where a bevy of sexy blondes are hired to lend glamour to an event — be it a post-match bash, a posh car launch or an upscale wedding. Depending on whether these women act as hostesses and bartenders, or simply stand there, all dolled up to amp up the glamour quotient, they get paid anywhere between Rs 12,000 to Rs 25,000 for the evening. HT City tried to dig deeper into the trend and found many interesting insights.
“These women are mainly from Russia, Ukraine and other erstwhile Soviet Union countries. They are here on a tourist visa but the main purpose is to make quick bucks as Delhi has such a demand for white women,” says Ramesh Sahu, the owner of a Delhi-based event management company that ‘supplies’ white girls for events as a speciality.
“The rates for white women to act as escorts or bartenders is much higher than Indian girls. Just for standing at the gate and welcoming guests, they charge Rs 10,000-12,000…and if they fix a drink, it goes upto Rs 15,000. There is also a trend of turning these women into ‘live’ tables (where the woman’s skirt is raised to serve as a table) and that costs as much as Rs 25,000,” he says.
The all-firang cheerleaders squad who are heating up the post-match IPL parties, are managed by the event management company, DNA Networks. Says their MD, T Venkat Verdhan, “We have hired various companies at the city level which hire and train them.” The women are largely from South Africa and Ukraine. Many are students on a break. These billion dollar babies up the oomph factor at every party.
There is buzz, however, that often, their official paperwork is incomplete, and the ‘duties’ extend to more than just being a pretty face at a party. A senior police officer on a condition of anonymity reveals, “These women come on tourist visas and are required to inform the Delhi Police Foreigner Regional Registration Office if they stay here for more than six months. It is difficult for us to keep a tab on their inflow and whereabouts.”
Most of these women, staying in areas such as Karol Bagh and Paharganj, face many problems living and working in Delhi. Says Hungarian national Andrea Czeller, who was in the Capital for a year, “I came to Delhi to work but the company that hired me took away my passport and harassed me. In fact, I still haven’t been paid! I was lucky that I could come back to my country… It was hell to stay there.”
Another girl, a student of Fine Arts from South Africa, who is also a cheerleader at the ongoing IPL, says, “The crowd is electrifying and the atmosphere is great! I’ve had no problems and am enjoying my trip.”