Mohit Chhillar, Surender Nada, Vishal Mane, Rishank Devadiga and Shabeer Bapu put on their fashion shoes, as they dressed up to become muses for famous designers such as Gaurav Khanijo, Pranav Mishra of Huemn, Ujjwal Dubey of Antar Agni, Tarun Tahiliani and Sahil Aneja at the Lakme Fashion Week. It was deserved appreciation for players who had just done the nation proud by winning the 2016 Kabaddi World Cup.
Tina Tahiliani one of the premier fashion designers in the country explained the decision to have the Kabaddi players as show-stoppers. She said, “In India, though we celebrate sports but whether it is with cricket, badminton and tennis, we never turned the spotlight on kabaddi. So when Lakme and IMG Reliance came with the idea, we just grabbed the opportunity. We recently launched our menswear store and are working with lots of young designers. So I think, this is the right occasion to celebrate. Moreover, I have been asked why am I doing it with these players instead of real celebrities. Well, all these players are making our country proud by winning the championship. For me, anyone who is so accomplished is a celebrity.”
Vishal Mane also expressed his delight at getting the opportunity to show his fashion sense to the world. He said, “It is very different from our game. We are always well prepared and practised for our game. However, here, it is very spontaneous on stage. I am honoured to wear clothes designed by such a great designers. It feels good.”
It’s good to see our Kabaddi heroes get such well deserved recognition.