Couple allegedly denied entry at Mumbai club for being Indian!

Bandra couple Jennifer Chavan and Shanu Mallik were turned away from Trilogy club in Juhu as the Portuguese PR manager said Indians were “undesirable and unfit” for the place; club claims they were stopped as they were late and not on the guest list

In 1932, Pritilata Waddedar led an attack on the Pahartali European Club in Kolkata, which had a board hung up, saying ‘Dogs and Indians Not Allowed’. Chased by the British police, she consumed potassium cyanide, giving up her life in the hope that Indians would be able to live without discrimination in their motherland.

This was not the first time the couple had visited the nightspot, which is inside Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu. Pics/Shadab Khan

Cut to July 26, 2015, and a Bandra couple was denied entry into a nightclub in Juhu. The Portuguese PR Manager allegedly told them that Indians were “undesirable and unfit” for the place, which calls itself ‘Mumbai’s Most Alluring Nightspot’ on its website.

Around 2.30 am on Sunday, Jennifer Chavan, who works for an event management company went to the Trilogy nightclub in Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu. Chavan, who says she has been to the club several times, had gone there with her boyfriend Shanu Mallik to mark his birthday.

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This was not the first time the couple had visited the nightspot, which is inside Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu. Pics/Shadab Khan
This was not the first time the couple had visited the nightspot, which is inside Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu. Pics/Shadab Khan

What was meant to be a celebratory night, began to go downhill from there, culminating in the couple finding themselves at the receiving end of a racist insult they are unlikely to forget. According to Chavan, when they tried to enter the club, they were stopped at the entrance. When they asked the receptionist to call someone from inside the club management, Natasha D’sa, the Public Relations manager, came outside.

Trilogy is located inside Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu
Trilogy is located inside Hotel Sea Princess in Juhu

“Chavan and her boyfriend were stopped by Natasha saying Indians were undesirable and unfit for that club. They had gone to celebrate a birthday, but when they tried to enter, they were stopped and told that Indians were not allowed,” said an official from the Santacruz police station.

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Jennifer Chavan and Shanu Mallik were allegedly denied entry by Natasha D’Sa (right) the public relations manager
Jennifer Chavan and Shanu Mallik were allegedly denied entry by Natasha D’Sa (right) the public relations manager

“When they said Indians are not allowed, I was flabbergasted. For a moment, I actually began to wonder whether I was in India or in some other country. That sentence hurt us a lot. If they did not want to give us entry, they could have said something else. Why did they have to say that? This was not the first time we were going to the club. We had celebrated my birthday there as well,” Chavan told mid-day.

After the couple began arguing, the club’s management called the police. The Santacruz police took all of them to the police station and, on the basis of Chavan’s complaint, an FIR was filed against Natasha and the senior manager of Trilogy, Cedrick Dickson, under relevant sections of the IPC and the Civil Rights Protection Act, 1955.


The other side
Cedrick Dickson, the senior manager of Trilogy said, “The couple’s allegations are false and baseless. They came very late to the club and we could not accommodate them. Usually, people who visit the club inform us about the guests who are supposed to join them later and the couple’s names were not in the guest list.

They gave us the name of one of our guests who was in the club and when we cross-checked with him, he said they were not his guests.” He further added, “People can come in when they want, but they arrived very late to the club and the man seemed to be drunk. They were quiet and did not cause trouble.

The woman requested us to allow them in as it was her male friend’s birthday. However, it was too late and they were not on the guest list so we could not take them in.” When he was asked whether the couple was refused entry for being an Indian, Dickson said, “There is no question of saying such a thing.

Most of our guests are Indian. We will provide CCTV footage to the cops and cooperate with them.” Public Relations Manager Natasha D’sa, who is a Portuguese national, said, “I will talk only to the cops and my directors.”


Rohan Pansare (25), Santacruz resident
It is sad to hear that in a country where everything should be accessible to the public, clubs are engaging in discrimination and foreigners are given preference

Ishita Shah (23), Lower Parel resident
This is shocking. You don’t expect to be at the receiving end of such racist insults, least of all in your own country.

Cop speak
Officers from the Santacruz police station said they were verifying the facts and the allegations made by the couple. No arrests have been made so far. Senior Police Inspector Shantanu Pawar said, “We have registered a case against the club’s manager and a woman, who is a foreigner. Statements are yet to be recorded in the matter.”

Legal experts
Senior Advocate Abad Ponda says, “If they don’t allow Indians in Indian clubs then the clubs should shut shop immediately. The Act invoked by the police in this case the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 is apt.” Advocate Rizwan Merchant says, “It’s a matter of shame that they are restricting Indians and patronising foreigners.

If they want, they can keep some rules, but you can’t prevent Indians from going there. Clubs are for the people and if people are not allowed then the corporation should take strict action and cancel their licence.”

Senior advocate Sudeep Pasbola said, “If the allegation is true, the government should take proper action against the club. It is absolutely illegal if they are restricting Indians.”

- Inputs by Sailee Dhayalkar

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  • Nikita29-Jul-2015

    I go to a lot of clubs and triology I'm never going to enter!! They are definitely racist and that Natasha at the door thinks she is God deciding who will enter the pearly gates of heaven. I want to see her work permit! They refused entry to Indians on a Tuesday night in front of me saying it's too crowded and people want privacy. Not a single person was waiting in queue an when I went inside half the tables were empty. Disgusting place and super rude staff

  • Ramakrishnan Nallakumar27-Jul-2015

    At that time, I was hurt. I did not create any ruckus (Being dark in India is a curse). But racism in Trilogy is truth. They refused entry to an another dark Indian couple also. And they let in all the foreigners and fair skinned Indians (all of them in Trilogy are fair skin Indians (how come)) except men bouncers and women bag checkers) who were coming late. Its a crap club and they refuse entry to dark Indians. Me and my wife was a witness to this...Thanks Trilogy for making our wedding anni

  • Taronish Elavia27-Jul-2015

    Whether you are some birthday celebrating commoner or a celebrity, arrive at a nightclub at anything past the guest list closing and the management will be rude. I bet the PR manager said nothing of the sort as is alleged and the woman is talking bullshit to gain fame. I have been to Trilogy enough times to know for a fact that this is hokum! If you go ANYWHERE at 2:30 AM you won't be let in! At all!

  • raahul chawla28-Jul-2015

    lets not have a knee jerk reaction. it looks like this couple have smartly made accusations which can create controversy. i would wait for police to complete their investigation before jumping to any conclusion.

  • Rafiul Islam12-Apr-2016

    The owner is Chinese, not Indian or white [Tham brothers].

  • spyeyes30-Oct-2015

    We should treat people with equality and if there is any point of racism is occurring, they should be asked for proper CCTV footage what in fact they are referring also to provide to cops to get the picture clear. Presence of CCTV cameras and other surveillance products specially at public places is a must.

  • Ramakrishnan Nallakumar27-Jul-2015

    Mid-day....Same thing happened to me . I stayed at Hotel Sea Princess Juhu on June 27-June 28, 2015. The day happened to be Wedding Anniversary for me. And, I was denied entry on Saturday intervening Night (June 27). In Spite of being early, I was refused entry because I was dark Indian ( I am South Indian). Their tone and tenor of the Manager was also extremely racist. I can attest to the fact that they let in most of the white skin guys

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