Mumbai's tryst with celeb nightlife

>> For those who care about such things, Mumbai’s nightlife has been dominated by half a dozen names mostly from South Mumbai. In the days when your parents were cool(!) there were places with names like Bullock Cart, Slip Disc and the Taj’s Blow Up (ironic that now when you google the words Taj-Blow Up you get the 26/11 terrorist attack story!) But yes, those were the days when your parents wore embarrassingly wide bell-bottom flares, head bands and peace chains, and grooved to groups like the Jetliners, and Biddu while doing the hippy hippy shake.

Later when the Oberoi rose from the newly reclaimed land of Nariman Point at Mumbai’s western bay, it had its own version of the Taj’s popular discotheque (no one called them ‘discs’ in those days) and it was known as the Cellar. Hot models like Nandini Sen and Ajay Anand and Ranjana Kapadia could be spotted there. And Sanjay Dutt too some times.

Malaika Arora Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi Sinha,  Yuvraj Singh and Malaika Arora Khan

After that Sabirra and Chottu Merchant bequeathed Mumbai with the Studio 29, a tribute to Steve Rubell’s defining NYC disco of the ’70s (where we’d once attended a party hosted by Francois Gilot, mother of Paloma Picasso). Studio 29 was Mumbai’s latest jewel in the crown where on one memorable evening Raj Kapoor danced with Protima Bedi! Then it came to the Taj to have its second chance at dominating Mumbai’s night life: it launched the Nineteen Hundreds where the sons of daughters of Bollywood and industry met and mingled (Anil Ambani dated Tina Munim here!) Since then the gauntlet of Mumbai’s after hour glamour spot has passed to many venues: Ravi Ghai’s RGs at Marine Drive, the Wink at the President and Athena (later renamed Prive) at Wodehouse road.

Anil Ambani with Tina Ambani
Anil Ambani with Tina Ambani

But, of course, all things change and today if you ask anyone in the know which is Mumbai’s most happening lounge bar where Mumbai’s power elite (and their kids) converge it’s undoubtedly Tryst, the jewel in Phoenix Mill’s crown where the biggest surnames from Bollywood, industry, politics and society are seen. This Saturday, for instance, late night revellers at Phoenix Mills were pleasantly surprised to run into the likes of Sonakshi Sinha, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan, Malaika Arora, Nandita Mahtani and Dino Morea, all guests at Tryst where Sohail Khan’s brother-in-law Bunty Sachdev brought in his birthday. So many Blahniks and Choos hot stepping to a mall? What do you expect when Mumbai’s hottest club resides there?

Surily gave them fever!
>> We are all for encouraging sabbaticals breaks and inspirational time-offs. Especially when it results in such a surge of creativity as it has in the case of talented young designer Surily Goel whose latest outing on fashion ramps and mags after a hiatus of almost three years has got the style divas sitting up and taking notice.

Having taken Mumbai by storm with her fashion film directed by Mozez Singh and starring Lisa Haydon, the designer is said to have got the Capital’s champagne corks popping with her offering Fever yesterday, the first day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week-Spring Summer 2013.

‘Metallic accents along with a palette of colours like fluorescent yellow tangy tangerine and pop pink on nudes and blues made for an interesting watch’, gushed one website.

Afterglow in London
>> Vijaya Mehta, one of the country’s tallest theatre veterans and a lady of substance and style has given birth to not one but three of the city’s rare talents: her sons Deven and Rags (one who is one of the founders of media powerhouse UTV and the other a sought after musician respectively) and her daughter actor Anahita Oberoi.

And it’s the last who is attracting notice currently for her performance in Afterglow (also starring Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal and Sorab Ardeshir), which has just been announced as an entry in the London City Film Festival. Oberoi whose appearances in films like Holiday, Let’s Talk and Such a Long Journey attracted rave reviews is said to have given a highly rated performance once again.

Director Director!
>> As group pictures go one can’t get a more complete capture than this one that was posted by Anurag Kashyap on a social networking site recently and featured some of contemporary India’s most talented and celebrated auteur of cinema.

Sudhir Mishra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Bedabrata Pain, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap ,Anurag Kashyap

So, without much ado, from left to right are: Sudhir Mishra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Bedabrata Pain, Dibakar Banerjee, and Anurag Kashyap. This ain’t a pic — it’s a movement we think!

Pune Warriors
>> We have always loved Pune even though its residents complain that things aren’t what they once were! A (relatively) sleepy town with magnificent Banyan trees and many new age practitioners, what’s not to like? But this weekend we were particularly keen to be in Pune to lend support to India’s first Breast cancer survivors conference organised jointly by Breast Friends Pune and Women’s Cancer Initiative aimed at rehabilitation, integration and support of 200 brave attendees from different parts of Maharashtra.

Breast Cancer Awareness walk in Pune
Women participating in the Breast Cancer Awareness walk in Pune

“Apart from the closed door two-day conference we would be having, ‘Dance for a Cure’ to create awareness about breast cancer as well as a special ‘Walkathon’ on the second day of the conference on Nagar Road, with the support of several rotary clubs,” the organisers informed. We like! 

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