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Dolphins, lions, actors

We caught up with the lovely Lisa Haydon, who featured prominently in the just-released poster of Akshay Kumar's upcoming film 'The Shaukeen'.

The film, which stars Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra along with Kumar and Haydon, is a remake of the 1982 film with the same title. Haydon, who will be seen as leading lady after her critically acclaimed debut in ‘Queen’, is expectedly very excited, “This was one of the finest shoots I’ve been on. We were in Mauritius for over a month. It was a long schedule. But when we weren’t shooting, we were swimming with dolphins, petting lions, zip-lining and doing yoga on the beach.”

Lisa Haydon
Lisa Haydon

And how did she get along with the rest of the cast, we ask. “Anupam Kher and I sat and discussed life, love, career and everything in between. Annu Kapoor can and will talk about every imaginable subject and Akshay Kumar is the most generous actor and producer imaginable,” she said.

And before she zipped away to another meeting, she waved, “Our trailer should be coming out on the 27th. Please watch it!”

We will Lisa, we will.

Turning Point Fifty
“Fifty seems to be just a number,” said Ashwin Deo of Turning Point Wines, when we called to wish him on reaching the ‘Big Five O’ yesterday. “I don’t think I am a day older than 25 mentally,” he said, sounding as if the grapes of wrath were yet to graze his lips.

Ashwin Deo with friend
Ashwin Deo with friend

“In fact, what made this birthday even more special is that I just dispatched the first lot of the new Turning Point Sangrias to Mumbai!” he said.

Now, having recently ourselves been in Spain, we could not help but feel delighted at the thought of becoming acquainted with the Indian version of this most agreeable drink, so pleasant on sultry evenings.

“I am hoping that this product, launched for the first time in India, will get to the lips of the consumers quickly,” said the birthday boy.

We told you, Life begins at fifty!

Date night at the Palladium
“Atul and I have had a tradition of celebrating anniversaries and birthdays by acquiring some art that is relevant or meaningful to the occasion and doing some charity, however small or large, as our ability permits at the time,” says Gayatri Ruia, one half of the A-team that transformed a swathe of the city. She was referring to High Street Phoenix’s latest venture, the series of art installations by upcoming and eminent city artists that have dotted the precinct’s various locations this past month.

Gayatri and Atul Ruia
Gayatri and Atul Ruia

“The fifth anniversary of Palladium is a personal celebration for both of us and we loved the idea of the wonderful milieu of art and philanthropy merging to imbue the mall with its vibrant, cutting-edge presence,” she said.

“In fact, we are planning a date evening tomorrow, to walk around, shop and dine at the mall!”

Back home at the ranch
Word comes in that the Congress candidate to take on Malabar Hill’s incumbent BJP MLA, builder Mangal Prabhat Lodha, will be Susieben Shah, daughter of BA Desai, the driving spirit behind that Sobo gem – the Priyadarshini park.

Susieben ShahPrithviraj  ChavanMangal Prabhat Lodha
Susieben Shah, Prithviraj Chavan and Mangal Prabhat Lodha

Shah, who’s been in the news recently because her company Priyadarshini Cabs will be introducing radio taxis driven by women, is also the women’s commission chief.

“This is the most difficult seat in south Mumbai and the party has opted to place a strong woman here,” said a source, adding, “This is a 50 per cent women constituency; also we are banking on the fatigue factor as Lodha has won thrice!”

This might be wishful thinking, as the incumbent is known to have a strong support base, especially amongst the influential Jain community of the area. However, the fact that there are stories of him working against the Shiv Sena Lok Sabha candidate recently out of pique for not getting his son the seat might be a spoiler.

The other interesting story emerging from the upcoming hustling relates to Sobo’s Colaba constituency where, according to the sources, sitting MLA, the well-regarded Annie Shekhar may be replaced. “The CM is personally looking into the matter,” we were informed, “Various Congress leaders have threatened rebellion if their claim on Colaba is not met.”

That’s our political khabar for the week folks!

Dedicated to children
This weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the Indian chapter of a much loved global institution – the Children’s International Summer Village (CISV), the NGO dedicated to educating and inspiring children and fostering inter-cultural friendship through student exchanges, amongst other things. “As many might recall, its Mumbai chapter was championed by the late Sarla Shah, a noted social worker, who had also been president of the All India Women’s Conference. It was founded in 1951 and supported by many old Gujarati families in Mumbai and Maharashtra, and the India chapter has sent countless Indian children to other countries to forge world peace,” says a source.

Vijay Mallya when he was 11 (first from right)
Vijay Mallya when he was 11 (first from right)

Obviously a lot more than world peace was forged, as these delightful archival pictures prove. One features a young Vijay Mallya, all of eleven in 1967, attending a CISV camp in Austria and the other features Kailash Surendranath, apparently one of the earliest Indian delegates (he went to Guatemala in 1964 at age 10!) next to a photograph of the much loved Shah.

Kailash Surendranath with Sarla Shah’s portrait
Kailash Surendranath with Sarla Shah’s portrait

And to commemorate the occasion, CISV has pledged to support four underprivileged children to attend overseas camps, “Two boys and two girls will be selected across Maharashtra,” said the source.

Nice!

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