"My favourite part from Tanu Weds Manu Returns?" It was our friend Kangana Ranaut, who in spite of the collateral damage that her box office and critical hit TWMR, has wrought on various Indian industries, appears to be the epitome off cool.
Because not only has the film forced a popular newspaper to bow to public taste, and recalibrate its rating system, and made the shares of its producers Eros International Media jump up as much as 5 per cent, and encouraged film critics to dip into hitherto untapped supplies of gush, but the impact its had on hairstyling, shampoo, and beauty product trends with every one wanting KR's distinctive wild child curls will only be ascertained by FMCG manufacturers in coming days. And we're not even going to go in to towel or trench coat sales in Indian villages...
Truth be told Ranaut's sensational performance in TWMR has unleashed a fan frenzy, which few actresses in Bollywood have been able to achieve. And so when we asked her which scene from the film was her personal favourite, we were not surprised when she said "My favourite scene is the face off between Tanu and Datto. For the first time I saw two of me on screen and I found it extremely uncomfortable and amusing." After all the impact of one Kangana is sensational enough. The impact of two??!! Too much for even Ranaut herself...
The Consummate Artist
"I've been showing with Amsterdam's Go Gallery for many years, they have shown my work in few art fairs in Europe as well," says renowned Mumbai-based artist Sunil Padwal, whose haunting angst ridden canvasses, which capture the turmoil and turpitude of modern life, are highly sought after by collectors the world over.
Sunil Padwal and Tanuja with Arzan Khambatta and Tarana Khubchandani
Padwal's solo exhibition 'Shifting frames' at the Amsterdam launches in late June and carries on all the way till August. "I'm showing a drawing series and a painting series. It's an amalgamation of all my styles. It's about our city and my observation of it," says the artist.
Will he combine the European initiative with a summer holiday? We asked Padwal, who along with his wife Tanuja, cuts a very dapper figure at art and social soirees. "Yes!" he said, "I'm travelling with family to London, Brussels, and Copenhagen before the show.
What's next we asked. "I'm working on one more drawing series, which I'm showing in September with a reputed gallery in Delhi. But I'm eagerly waiting to show in Mumbai. After my last solo show in Mumbai in 2011 at Gallery BMB I've showed solo in Chicago, Singapore and now in Amsterdam. So I would love to show soon in Mumbai."
Which should make his Mumbai fans very happy indeed.
Stratospheric joie de vivre
She's distinguished by an infectious joie de vivre, and relentless energy, and so when Miss Malini, who celebrated her birthday yesterday says "Today (and in fact all week!) has been birthday week for me! We've spent the week exploring Mumbai's new nightlife, from The Monkey Bar in Bandra to the new massive Social in Lower Parel and it's been epic!" it is to be expected.
Miss Malini with Ranveer Singh
"We're off to La Cabana in Morjim, Goa for a mid-week break with my best friend Parul and her best friend Rashmi and once I come back we're having a BIG FAT Bollywood dance off at Villa 69 in Juhu!! Now doesn't that sound like the most epic birthday week ever?" said Miss Malini, ending with the almost mandatory: #ILoveMyJob #ILoveMyLife #Blessed…
Who's that girl?
Social media has been abuzz about the 'Yes Bank girl' as some describe Raakhe Kapoor Tandon, the 28-year-old Wharton graduate, who happens to be the daughter of high flying Yes Bank Chairman Rana Kapoor. Raakhe is the promoter and whole time director of Raas Housing Finance (India) Ltd.
Raakhe Kapoor Tandon
She seemed to have ignited interest on twitter when she presented an award at the IPL final on behalf of the bank, looking very comely indeed after which numerous online websites picked up on the social media buzz around her and did stories.
Bollywood website pinkvilla described her as "the new internet sensation", the DNA website ran a story titled, 'The Girl who stole the IPL final' and website Saddahaq lead with 'the girl who broke the internet' and if that is not enough, three Facebook groups were created and totalled more than 20,000 likes on last count.
And when we asked her dad Rana about all this he said, "Raakhe has carved her own path as a highly entrepreneurial young business woman and is working on her own organization tapping new sunrise ventures in India's financial sector. I am proud of her achievements and I'm confident that she will demonstrate great strategy and vision to actualise."
An officer and a gentleman
"He's always been interested in history, politics and human evolution," said Falguni Nayar, former MD Kotak Mahindra bank and now founder CEO of Nykaa.com the e-commerce store focused on beauty and wellness products.
Anchit Nayar with family
We had called up the IIM alumni and wife of finance whiz Sanjay Nayar, CEO and Country Head of KKR India, to congratulate her on the news that her son Anchit, a Columbia graduate, had been accepted in the Indian Army. The Nayar household was celebrating with a small dinner for personal friends last night.
Wasn't this a highly commendable but unusual career choice for a young man from Mumbai with both parents in finance and management we enquired. "Anchit has always wanted to do something for the country. He's just returned from a rigorous two weeks at the Army academy in Bhopal so he knows what he's in for and is prepared," says Nayar.
"However we've not had a chance to sit down and talk," she said. "He studied history at university and his world view is based on that," says the proud mum. "In fact he's been the type of boy, who when he hears of big parties in Mumbai, compares them to Paris before the French revolution," she says. "We've been a family that's always believed in personal freedom of choice."