A trek to the top

Models Unlimited 2016 was launched with a novel thought to identify fresh talent from the heart of the city and give them a great platform for a glorious future. Pune was one of the cities chosen by Unlimited – The Family Fashion Store, and Prasad Bidapa, one of the most well-known personalities in the Indian fashion industry.


Kevin Oliver, internationally acclaimed choreographer, personally trained all the participants for a grand show. He believes perfection only comes with persistent training. In the city finale, the jury panel identified three male and three female models as winners of Pune’s Models Unlimited 2016 hunt.


The winners of Models Unlimited 2016 Pune were Neelam Virwani and Shabaz R Kalyani, both from Pune. The First runners-up were Priya Ninawe from Mumbai and Shabaz M Kokni from Nasik.


Unlimited wanted to celebrate with the winners in a memorable way and organized a trek to Malavli – near Lonavala. The place was hilly and lush with greenery – full of waterfalls and unfrequented by people. The Sarpanch of the village, Sandeep Yashwant Tikone was extremely enthusiastic and helped the team discover the hidden beauties of Malavli. Needless to say, the exploration was breathtaking. He also treated them to spicy, delicious vada pav – just the snack for Malavli’s cool and cloudy weather.


The winners thoroughly enjoyed the trip. They got to know the dimensions of each other’s personalities and know one another better during the hikes. Trekking being a team effort, develops positive bonds among people. The group picked up active wear from Unlimited’s vast range, for the entire trip.

2Here Shabaz R pairs a sleeveless t-shirt with breathing joggers by Colt and Priya wears a matte peach slipover on a tank tee with ankle length relax-hug tights by Sugr. Perfect for rocky treks.


While Shabaz R and Priya chose to explore one route, well-prepared with their hiking poles, Shabaz K and Neelam chose to trek on another, slightly more challenging route. They had a lot of fun moments along the way.



They then met up at a common meeting point and decided to explore the place as one group. The girls never lost an opportunity to get stylish pics taken.


An adventurer to the core, Shabaz R never failed to point out marvels of nature to his new friends – be it waterfalls or rain-heavy clouds. The others were happy to follow his lead as this trip was about exploration and not competition.




After a morning full of hikes and treks, they chose to wind down in the evening with music. Shabaz R strummed on his guitar while the rest enjoyed the music. It was a calming end to an adventurous day. Here too, Unlimited provided options from its range:

9From left to right: Galaxy print casual shirt and slim fit crop trouser by Colt, yellow t-shirt with black active shorts by Sugr, Classic broad-check shirt over calligraphic print t-shirt and trouser jogger by Colt, black rainbow fringy top with denim pants by Sugr.

Putting up their feet after a fun-filled day:


The next day, the group decided to take a dip in the river and bathe under the waterfall. It was cold but they loved it! It was a great time for group hugs and selfies.



After all this, they chose to chill with flasks full of hot coffee, accompanied by conversation, huddling and laughs. Here the girls enjoy a lighter moment in their lovey striped dresses – warm and cozy in their tent after the cold water baths.



That evening, the group left the place tired but pleased and with lots of fun-filled memories.


About the Models:

Shabaz R Kalyani, a 25 year old MBA graduate

He works as an analyst in a multinational insurance company. 6 feet tall, he has a flair for dancing. He enjoys watching Hollywood action movies, and working out. He says, “This journey is quite interesting. Have high hopes to win the title. Thank you Model Hunt for putting your trust in me. I assure I will raise the standard of the show by giving my 100%.”


Neelam Virwani, a 22 year old model.

She has Sindhi, Punjabi, Roman Catholic and Bengali blood in her, and is 6 feet tall. She enjoys reading, drawing, writing and shopping. Recollecting her experience she says, “It was an amazing experience getting a chance to meet and be groomed by such big names in the industry like Mr. Prasad. I loved the entire team, the positivity, and the constructive criticism. It was an honour to win the title for my city, Pune and hopefully I will win it all!”


Shaibaz M Kokni, a 22 year old Hotel Management student

He plays football and is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He like watching love stories and working out. He says the journey so far has been fascinating and that he has high hopes to make a name for himself.


Priya Niwane, a model by profession

Passionate about modelling, she is very hardworking, focused and optimistic. When she aims for something, she puts her whole heart and soul into achieving it. Her ambition in life is to be a successful supermodel. She is very thankful to Models Unlimited 2016, to Prasad Bidapa and to this platform for the grooming and guidance.



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