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Chennai Calling

Malavika SangghviThis week a delicious slice of the city will be missing in action as it marks its presence at the Kothari-Bhartia nuptials in Chennai.

Industrialists, politicians bankers, film stars, socialites and friends and family of the two families involved will be excusing themselves from work and social engagements to what is easily the wedding of the decade as Nayantara Kothari and Shamit Bhartia, the progeny of the Kotharis, Bhartias, Birlas and Ambanis get married.

Bachchans Family

Space for parking a fleet of private jets, bookings for presidential suites at all the five-star city hotels, shiploads of flowers and adept logistical support will be required to do justice to the event. Meanwhile, our sources inform us that the Bachchans Amitabh, Jaya, Aishwarya and Abhishek have booked themselves at the Taj Coromandel.

Slap happy times
This paper has been something of a ‘slap recorder’ in the past. Given the abnormal aggregate of rage and toxicity that exists in society these days, people venting their anger and frustration at public events on each other has become quite a common occurrence, with some even making it their calling card. So for those interested in these things, here’s another slap incident, which again emanates from the highest echelons of Mumbai society. This one involves the son of a highly respected individual, a pillar of the financial community whose son is alleged to have slapped and been slapped by his potential father-in-law in the middle of his nuptials. No, no one knows what led to this unfortunate spate of slap-happiness. So, all we are left with is this query: can someone who has received a slap be referred to as a ‘slapee’?

The whole tooth
In her new tell-all book on Rajneesh excerpted yesterday in a city tabloid Ma Anand Sheela who multitasked as PA and lover of the orange-robed one confirms people’s worst suspicions of the sage: Yes, he was sexually promiscuous, avidly avaricious, petulantly demanding and vain.

Rajneesh
Rajneesh

But what struck us above all, was her revelation that the self-styled godman, like the rest of us, shared that singular other affliction of fallible beings: he was prone to toothaches! Why this came as a surprise to us was that once on a private tour of his living quarters in Pune, we were shown the Master’s personal and exclusive dentist’s chair. State-of-the-art and almost resembling a piece of high-tech installation, it looked like it could fix the biggest tooth problems of all. But obviously it failed the Master as Sheela’s book reveals. To know more about the tooth and nothing but the tooth, we’re waiting to get our hands on the book!

Who let the Dogg out?
He goes by the names of Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Snoop Lion, but above all hip-hop, g-funk and reggae singer, songwriter, recording artist, actor and music producer is known as the coolest dude in town.

Minnisha Lamba with Snoop Dogg
Minnisha Lamba with Snoop Dogg

No wonder then that the party organised by Wizcraft and Adidas last week attracted some of Mumbai’s self-styled cool dudes to party with the Top Dogg himself.

Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh

There that night were Dino Morea, Ranveer Singh, Prateik Babbar, Sophie Choudry, Ken Ghosh and a slew of other party-hearties imbibing the atmosphere around the man, which according to our sources was heavy and unusual smelling.

Dino Morea
Dino Morea

And whereas the best and the brightest dudes lined up to have themselves photographed with the phenomenon himself with his legendary blunt, Snoop was overheard instructing his security, “Only let the women in.” Alas, the pictures that emerged the next day only had Snoop with a series of blokes. And interestingly, the only one Snoop chose to put up of the party himself was of him and actor Ranveer Singh.

SoBo Standard
The party to launch Cheval, Sudhir and Rashmi Behl’s Mediterranean eatery was mostly a SoBo affair, with the couple’s friends making up the over 150-strong crowd.

Niranjan and Kamal Hiranandani
Niranjan and Kamal Hiranandani

“It was a warm familiar feel, the restaurant with its charcoal paintings on the walls and its international ambience looks straight out of a European city square and the food was yum,” said a SoBo grand dame.

Sudhir and Rashmi Behl
Sudhir and Rashmi Behl

“They had lots of cocktails, three salads, some great appetizers like pulled pork sliders, prune ‘n’ feta vole vents and mini tacos, but the standout was the grilled sea-bass in its own jus and the mushroom risotto.” And the guests? Pillars of SoBo society: Niranjan and Kamal Hiranandani, Meena and Suresh Raheja, Raju and Esther Daswani, Anish and Vineeta Trivedi, Champa Doshi, Chhaya and Nirmal Momaya and Sheila and Bunty Pasricha. As they say ‘le tout Mumbai’. Or the Southern half.

The tax man cometh
It doesn’t pay to engineer publicity. Recently a high-profile, over the top page three event that made it to the front page of newspapers for its display of conspicuous consumption might have garnered a bit of social admiration for the people involved, but alas is said to have attracted the wrong kind of attention, which might explain the series of raids the family behind the event faced last week.┬áInsiders say that all businesses have been under scrutiny ever since they publicised their lavish, entertaining style. Other high rollers have also attracted similar notice. A high-profile builder who has been in the news for a controversial construction in one of SoBo’s most exclusive areas was also raided, according to our sources for the same reasons: reports of conspicuous consumption. Expect more overseas weddings and parties in future!

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