From all accounts, Hrithik Roshan's 41st birthday was brought in with great style and panache at the private upper deck of Exo on the 38th floor of Palladium, with 70 or so close friends of his, mostly from the industry.

“Priyanka and Parineeti Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Bachchan with sis Shweta and Anurag Kashyap were some of the familiar faces at the party, for which no expense was spared to celebrate the newly single star’s big day,” says a source.

But what pleased many was the fact that even as the star is clearly enjoying his new found singledom and letting his hair down (well only metaphorically, he chose to keep it neatly down under his trademark bowler hat all evening), guests were delighted to see that the star had invited his former brother-in-law, Susanne’s brother Zayed too.

Varun Dhawan Zayed Khan Alia Bhatt
Varun Dhawan, Zayed Khan and Alia Bhatt

“Nice to see people conducting themselves with dignity and not allowing a split to come in the way of old familial ties,” said a guest. “Finally Bollywood is coming around to the realisation that a broken marriage is not the end of one’s life.” “It demonstrates Bollywood’s new found maturity and savoir-faire,” said another guest.

Lift karade
What’s it like to get into an elevator with a star? Party goers departing from Exo were pleasantly surprised to find themselves sharing elevator space with Pee Cee on Saturday night.

Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Parineeti Chopra. Pic/Twitter
Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan and Parineeti Chopra. Pic/Twitter

“When the doors opened and she stepped in, the lift was full and there was considerable excitement as every one whipped out their phones to take selfies with the star,” says a source. “Most stars would get uncomfortable in the situation, as it could feel intrusive.

But, to Pee Cee’s credit, she handled the situation with aplomb and graciously posed for pictures with all those who asked, flashing her famous smile for the umpteenth time until all were satisfied.”


Water nice gesture
She’s been ubiquitous on TV, especially now that she’s been so vocal about Sanjay Dutt’s furlough fundas and the Salman Khan’s black buck case, but feisty human rights lawyer Abha Singh has also been occupied with issues decidedly more low-profile.

Abha Singh felicitated by the NGO Puncham for getting a stay order to save the organisation’s water booth near Bombay Gymkhana
Abha Singh felicitated by the NGO Puncham for getting a stay order to save the organisation’s water booth near Bombay Gymkhana

Over the weekend, Singh was felicitated by the NGO Puncham, for her success in getting a stay order to save its water booth near Bombay Gymkhana. “The water booth, which has been quenching the thirst of many ordinary commuters alighting from CST and Churchgate, was going to be demolished by the BMC on a frivolous recommendation of the Heritage Committee,” says a source.

“Singh’s intervention proved successful and Mumbaikars can continue to quench their thirst at this ‘pyau’. The judge also agreed that the BMC has no authority to demolish the water fountain without proper permission, and until some other arrangement was made for the common man,” added the source.

Love me, love my plane
Character, they say, is what you do when you think no one’s watching. So, even as this celebrated middle-aged, salt-and-pepper haired, self-styled ‘reclusive’ author recently added another layer to the airs and graces he gives himself, by proclaiming to be a cut above the hoi polloi, we cannot help recall a story narrated by an industrialist’s wife who swears that when it comes to self-aggrandising and brown-nosing, he ain’t very different from the rest.

The story concerns the author’s many and varied attempts to charm the lady into lending him her jet to ferry him, his kids, and visiting friends across the country for a holiday. “His letters to me were carefully worded to make out that his friends were very influential and it was I who would, in fact, benefit as he would be opening the right doors for me,” she says.

“In fact, I was quite happy to sponsor his entire trip through one of my trusts,” she says. “But I thought to lend him my plane was a bit much. But the moment he realised this, he dropped all interest in me,” she adds. “Not only that, but he was quite high-handed with my office staff.” Tch tch.

A tooth for a tooth
“My book was launched in Delhi by His Lordship Chief Justice of India H L Dattu at the Conference Hall of the Supreme Court,” said our friend, the ever-smiling dentist Sandesh Mayekar, responsible for creating some of the most well-known smiles in showbiz.

Sandesh Mayekar’s book was launched in New Delhi by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu, at the Supreme CourtSandesh Mayekar’s book was launched in New Delhi by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu, at the Supreme Court

He was referring to his newly released autobiography ‘More than a Mouthful Adventures of a Dentist’, which had been launched at a high-profile event in Mumbai last year, and which boasts a foreword by Lata Mangeshkar.

“His Lordship CJI presented a memento and a copy of the Constitution of India to me in the presence of acclaimed Supreme Court Judge Dave and the President of Indian Dental Association Dr Verma,”
he said.

Which is all very good, but we couldn’t fathom the connection between the Supreme Court (even though it’s been heralded for its new teeth recently) and dentistry, until we remembered that the Chief Justice’s name was, after all, H L Dattu!” Right! That’s our only PJ for the day then!

Awards shows or variety entertainment?
Kudos to ace director Anurag Kashyap for calling a spade a bloody shovel. Asked recently on a TV show why it was that he seldom receives awards even though his films are so critically acclaimed, Kashyap was quick to respond.

Anurag Kashyap
Anurag Kashyap

“We don’t have award shows of calibre in India,” he said. “What we have are TV variety entertainment programmes masquerading as awards nights. And to have the stars attend, they have to be promised an award.”Nice!