In picture: Leander Paes
Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan have supported Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala's Swades Foundation, which held a fundraising gala here for rural empowerment.
The evening's chief guest, Amitabh, recounted his visit to villages in Raigad, Maharashtra, to view the impact of the foundation's interventions.
"To say that it was a transformational journey would be an understatement. We met and interacted with so many people from the community, and heard so many wonderful stories of empowerment," Big B said.
Filmmaker Karan Johar hosted the fundraiser and promised to support the cause.
Vidya joined founder and managing trustee Zarina, in making a pledge for 2,000 toilets for rural households.
The evening also included a celebration of rural India on the ramp by designer Vikram Phadnis. In the spirit of true empowerment, Swades Heroes - villagers who lead by example in their rural communities - walked the ramp with film stars like Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora and Dia Mirza.