Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

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Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Sonam Kapoor steps out of a press conference to greet onlookers in Bandra yesterday.

A Christmas short
A new short film titled, Jangle Bells was released last evening. The film starring singer and actress Monali Thakur and actor Namit Das, has been written and directed by Abhimanyu Kanodia and produced by Connect.1 Limited and revolves around the theme of Christmas.

A still from the short, Jangle Bells
A still from the short, Jangle Bells

Das plays a dull, fed up with life, 30-year-old employee who is feeling extremely low and lonely despite the celebrations around him. Thakur is the new girl in office who brings joy to his otherwise mundane existence and lights up his life. “It’s Christmas time and everyone seems to be in celebration mode.

But it’s also the time when people miss family, friends and home. To anyone who is feeling low, we want to say that you are not alone. In Jangle Bells, we have tried to show how it only takes a minute to notice the small joys in life and this is our way of spreading Christmas cheer,” shares Thakur.

According to Das, “It’s easy to forget how to live life and enjoy yourself. People tend to get stuck in a rut. I hope Jangle Bells will remind people that life is beautiful!” Catch it on YouTube.

Raising the bar in Bandra
Zorawar Kalra has set his sights on expanding his culinary empire in the queen. Using some of the most advanced equipment, MasalaBar is set to open its doors for guests in 2016. It will be a mixological exploration, like a science laboratory, showcasing innovation with its vast beverage selection and tapas-style menu.

Zorawar Kalra
Zorawar Kalra

Situated on Carter Road, Bandra (W), it will offer a breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. Currently in the final leg of completion, MasalaBar claims to be the only fully candle-lit culinary concept during evening hours, in the world, thereby offering a first-of-its-kind, intimate experience to its guests.


Pics/Sayed Sameer Abedi

To the tunes of Shillong
The performance by Shillong Chamber Choir at St Peter’s grounds in Bandra saw attendance by the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah and Dolly Thakore (left, in pic), as well as Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta Bhupathi.

Jingle Bells and the belle

Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Sunny Leone and Vir Das got into the Christmas mood for a promo shoot of their upcoming film.

On NYE, sip vapour and get high
No, we’re not talking about inhaling regular steam. On December 31, instead of downing pints, head to Khar’s Hoppipola and ask for a vapshot, instead. You can pick from Jager shot, Dark Rum shot, Jager Bomb shot or even Dark Rum Kamikaze.

Quite popular in the West, a vapshot, served from a special machine, is vapourised alcohol which can be offered in different flavours of shots or a mixed drink. All you have to do is sip the vapour using a straw and you’re sure to get an instant kick. Don’t believe us? Check out a few YouTube videos, just like we did.

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