Love me, love my plane

So by now the whole world knows how JLo rocked Udaipur at the Hinduja-Mahtani wedding, where guests like L N Mittal, the President of Uganda and a mysterious claque of important looking Arab Sheikhs were amongst the international jet-set that partied till the wee hours.

However, what has escaped notice is this nugget that sets the tone of the extravaganza and will surely set the benchmarks for future events of this kind.

L N Mittal
L N Mittal

According to sources, the fine print on the invitations to the celebrations in Udaipur politely enquired if guests would be flying in on their private jets and if so they would be helped with parking facilities. We told you the higher you go, the bigger the wheels get!

Jennifer Lopez in Udaipur
Jennifer Lopez in Udaipur

Joyous baby shower
“It was a wonderful mix of old friends catching up on this joyous occasion hosted by Laila and Farhan Furniturewala, a warm and genuine couple, so very much in love who are awaiting the arrival of their newborn,” said Simone Arora about the baby shower for her cousin Laila held last week.

(From left) Laila Furniturewala, Zarine Khan, Farah Khan Ali and Simone Arora
(From left) Laila Furniturewala, Zarine Khan, Farah Khan Ali and Simone Arora

“The night air was filled with happiness, laughter and good wishes by all for the parents-to-be of the occasion which saw family and close friends gathering at the Taj Lands End’s San Lorenzo, where they were invited to say a few words about their relationship with Laila, before dinner was served.

Laila looked radiant in a white and gold long dress, glowing with happiness,” said her proud sister Simone, adding, “The buffet dinner spread was delicious and so was the Red velvet cake, which was kindly arranged by Laila to bring in my birthday the next day.”

And what’s best of all, according to a source, was the presence of the Farhan’s elder two children who seemed genuinely happy and warmly mingled with the guests.

Indie film’s poster boy makes good
It’s been something of a hat trick for Indie cinema at international festivals: last year Avinash Arun’s Marathi film Killa had won the prestigious Crystal Bear at Berlin, this year Prashant Nair’s Umrika won the Audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, and now word comes in that Nagesh Kukunoor, (Hyderabad Blues, Iqbal and Dor) the poster boy of the genre has won the Grand Prix for the best feature-length film for Dhanak, his film about ‘an eight-year-old blind boy whose 10-year-old sister promises him that he will get his vision back before he turns nine.’

Elahe Hiptoola celebrating the win
Elahe Hiptoola celebrating the win

In Berlin to receive the award was the director and his long-term producer and champion, our friend the charming human dynamo Elahe Hiptoola who has been backing him ever since his Hyderabad Blues
days when no one thought that films outside the commercial Bollywood film genre had an audience or a future.

“Live from the Berlinale Celebration Party! Man what a day... What a night!” she posted along with this celebratory picture. Nice!

Odd couple
One of the more interesting couples spotted together on Valentine’s Day were award winning actress and avowed fashionista Kangana Ranaut, whose reprisal of a small town girl who comes of age in Queen is still winning her accolades and notice, and the celebrated Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra, himself a work of art, who were spotted entering Aer, one of the city’s highest roof top lounge bars at the Four Seasons.

Kangana Ranaut Manish Malhotra
Kangana Ranaut and Manish Malhotra

“They came in together around 12.30 pm,” said a guest, “And were escorted to a table.” Wonder what the Hindu Mahasabha would make of this one.

Brewing art scandal
It promises to be a scandal that’s going to knock the socks off the art world establishment. Over the weekend, leading art personalities received a missive from the son of the celebrated artist F N Souza alleging all kinds of fraud, in language that was far from civil about Nisha JamVwal, interior designer, hostess and art maven.

Nisha JamVwal
Nisha Jamvwal

“It alleges all kinds of awful things and its size, heft and production resembles a brochure rather than a letter,” said one of its recipients.

One of F N Souza’s paintings
One of F N Souza’s paintings

And though the lady herself has not retaliated so far, not being one to fight shy of calling a spade a bloody shovel in the past, she undoubtedly will. “This is one art battle that will paint the town red black and blue,” says the source.

Delegation from Babson
Over this weekend the city played host to a 35-member group of CEOs on the Global Board of Babson College, ranked number one in the world for entrepreneurship for over 20 years and a great favourite with the progeny of its biz community, not least of all for its campus set in 500 acres of woods in the Boston suburbs.

Vivek Jain with Kerry Healy
Vivek Jain with Kerry Healy

“I hosted a range of events including business sessions, a Sufi evening with the elegant Zia Nath, a visit to the Bhau Daji Lad with introduction by Tasneem Mehta, and the mandatory visit to the races have had the group spellbound,” said Vivek Jain, the former Chairman of the RWITC who heads the college alumni club in India.

“The piece de résistance will be a visit to the BSE with ringing of the bell, one on one sessions with Mukesh Ambani and Ajay Piramal, with a closing at NGMA with a presentation of Utsav,” he said. “In India, we probably have over 300 alumni who include Niraj Ambani, Ravi Sheth, Madhav Mariwala, Karan Wadhwa (Ashok Wadhwa’s son) and Umang Hutheesing,” says Jain, adding, “This picture was taken at the Turf club garden on Saturday evening at our Sufi night and features myself with President Kerry Healey.

Her visit along with the senior members of the Board to India establishes the growing stature of India in the field of academics in the global market place.”

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