Ranbir turns 32

Word comes in that Bollywood's rockstar Ranbir Kapoor, who turned 32 yesterday, chose to bring in his birthday on Saturday night with a party at a suite at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba.

The bash, which is said to have gone on till the wee hours of the morning with some guests leaving the hotel at 3 am, saw Bollywood Gen Next partying in style.


Katrina Kaif Ranbir Kapoor

Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor

With GF Katrina Kaif, who’d flown back from Bang Bang promotions, his best friend Ayan Mukherjee, and others like Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra to celebrate with, Kapoor, who is reported to have given one of his best performances in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet, was in great spirits, and chose to spend the night at the hotel, checking out the next day. Nice!

Ayan Mukherjee
Ayan Mukherjee

International biker chic
Vying for attention along with the exquisite home ware objects at Simone Arora’s spanking new 8,000-square foot store opposite the National Gallery of Modern Art and bang in the middle of Sobo’s urbane heart, were
the style statements made by the guests themselves. Gauri Khan in a Monisha Jaising’s un-characteristically boxy tunic, the three Khan sisters in shades of cream and black and Tanya Dubash, cool in a one-sleeved tee.

Natasha Poonawala Gauri Khan
Natasha Poonawala and Gauri Khan

But, for our money, the woman who stole the show was Natasha Poonawala, looking like a star herself, who made a dramatic entry in a rock-chick Moschino glitter jacket, boots, skin-tight distressed jeans and a tank top, her endless legs, blonde mane and glam biker-chic insouciance perfectly calibrated to turn heads.

Suzanne Khan, Simone Arora and Farah Khan
Suzanne Khan, Simone Arora and Farah Khan

Time to fold away those tiaras and pretty evening gowns, we say.

The Swedes came to town
Friday night saw Mumbai’s young and restless make their way to Haji Ali’s NSCI stadium to attend Percept’s latest gig with the Swedish duo of Axwell and Ingrosso (two-thirds of the Swedish House Mafia trio). The gig was expectedly packed, and was attended by the likes of Mohit Marwah, Sushant Singh Rajput (who seems to be all over the party circuit recently), Yash and Avanti Birla, and Aarti and Kailash Surendranath, along with thousands of screaming young fans.

Shaan Singh with Axwell and Ingrosso
Shaan Singh with Axwell and Ingrosso

India’s very own Shaan Singh and Anish Sood opened the night before the duo came on around 10 and played till midnight. The Swedish duo were accompanied by an electrifying light show and a creative production that had fans’ fists pumping towards the end of the night as they ‘dropped’ their old classics like ‘Save the world Tonight’, ‘Leave the world behind’ and ended the night with the catchy hit ‘Don’t you worry child!’ Many made their way after to A D Singh’s Guppy Bar at Olive for a Butter event we hear.

Good Earth’s new line
The spirit behind Good Earth, Anita Lal’s understanding and commitment to beauty never ceases to surprise us. Having flown down from Delhi to host the store’s newest line, the Samarqand collection, inspired by the wonders of the Silk Route along with daughter Simran Lal and niece Beenu Bawa, we caught up with the lady on Saturday at the event.

Fahad Samar Akanksha Nanda
Fahad Samar and Akanksha Nanda

The Good Earth parties have come to define a certain aesthetic. Edgy and alternative, once a year, Mumbai looks forward to wearing its silk skirts, its Kahlo-inspired head gear, its satin shorts and its oversized Museum spectacles to gather together for some bubbly and nosh.

We spotted the likes of author Fahad Samar, restaurateur A D Singh, conservation architect Abha Narain Lambah and stylist Akanksha Nanda in the crush, and Delhi-based designer Tarun Tahiliani in Mumbai for his own show held over the weekend.

Priceless jewels and dances
An interesting departure at the 100-year sitdown dinner at the Crystal room to celebrate jeweller Thakurlal Hiralal’s 100th anniversary on Friday was that the award-winning Bolly choreographer duo Samir and Arsh Tanna had been roped in to do the choreography.

Pranay Mehta and Neerja Birla
Pranay Mehta and Neerja Birla

The husband-wife team had received much acclaim recently when they’d choreographed the dandiya number in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Ramleela’. Engaging the team and their dancers to set the mood for the evening, which saw the likes of Shishir and Meenakshi Bajaj, Vijay Patil, Huma and Asad Latif, Anand Jain, Neerja Birla, Saryu Doshi, Pheroza Godrej along with the evening’s host Pranay Mehta and designer Raghavendra Rathore, gave the evening a certain frisson.

“Interesting moves,” commented Doshi, one of the country’s leading art historians archly, as she watched the dancers meld Kathak, Bharatnatyam and modern dance in elaborate configurations.

Two stores, two styles
And after surviving almost lethal doses of beauty over the weekend at Mumbai’s pre-eminent home furnishing stores - Good Earth and Simone - we think that whereas Good Earth will remain the go-to place for Mumbai’s artsy and mature aesthetes, the younger more international lot will instruct their decorators to turn to SIMONE for muted and international contemporary global styles, inspired by nature. Cushion scatterers never had it so good.

Anita Lal Simone Arora
Anita Lal and Simone Arora

Not a close shave
Oh dear. We hope it was just a coincidence, but recently, when a senior political leader from Delhi first requested the services of a barber from his hosts and then cancelled saying he ‘wasn’t in the mood’ when he heard the man’s name, we hope it was only a case of timing and not other considerations that came into play.

Splitting communal hair in the context of the upcoming Maharashtra elections can be a painful issue.

Just saying.

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