The Master's little master

His dad of course has been another kind of master to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and the late Michael Jackson, but Gotham Chopra, son of new age guru and author Deepak Chopra, appears to have been exploring another mastery altogether in his recently released documentary on Sachin Tendulkar called the Little Master, which aired on ESPN this week.

 

Gotham Chopra. Pic/Twitter Sachin Tendulkar
Gotham Chopra. Pic/Twitter and Sachin Tendulkar

Having produced nine films, including one with the intriguing name of 'Bullet-proof Monk', the handsome young director is a partner in Chopra Media, with his sister, Mallika Chopra, and is a best selling author himself. Incidentally, Chopra, who grew up in America, is an ardent Lakers fan and is working on a film about the team.

Foodie extravaganza
Mumbai foodies have much to celebrate. The second edition of the Great Food Show 2015 will take place at the end of the month, and promises to deliver two non-stop days of food, drink and revelry.

Chef Manish Mehrotra
Chef Manish Mehrotra

To be held at the Nehru Centre, this year's edition features a roster of leading chefs such as MasterChef Australia Season 6 runner-up Laura Cassai and other semi-finalists from the show like Rishi Desai (author of Modern Indian) along with chefs Alex Sanchez, Kainaz Messman Harchandrai, Vikas Seth, Gresham Fernandes and Vicky Ratnani, who will be dishing out their signature dishes and sharing culinary secrets with visitors.

Said to be 'part fair, part exhibition and part food carnival,' the Great Food Show promises visitors a feast of experimental and classic cuisines, fine wine samplings, and shopping with exhibitors comprising brands such as Häfele, Fazlani Foods, Bina Doshi's Homemade Ice-Creams, Crumbilicious, Goosebumps Pickles, JUS Divine, Fit Foods India, Fantasie Fine Chocolates, and Chocolate and Sustenance.

As for us, the big attraction will be the presence of Indian Accent's Chef Manish Mehrotra who, those in the know, credit as being the best chef in the country today.
Forks and spoons at the ready!

Seinfeld comes to town
March will see yet another international comedian perform in Mumbai. Jerry Seinfeld, the Brooklyn-born actor, comedian and co-creator of the iconic show 'Seinfeld' is set to perform on two nights at the NSCI in Mumbai.

Jerry Seinfeld. Pic/Getty ImagesJerry Seinfeld. Pic/Getty Images

The comic who topped last years 'Wealth-X' survey of the richest actors in the world with a staggering $820 million to his name (followed by our very own King Khan at $600 million), arrives on the heels of all the AIB backlash, and to make matters even more interesting he released a cheeky statement that read, “I have always been fascinated by India and its culture.

I have great respect for its people and their way of life. It is a great honour for me to be invited to come there and make fun of it in person.” “Jerry is aware of the situation in Mumbai and the uproar that was recently caused, so we are expecting a smooth ride,” says a source.

However fans of the stand up artist have been overheard cribbing about the exorbitant ticket prices “While tickets for the good seats at the AIB roast and Russell Peters shows were around Rs 4000 to Rs 6000 they go all the way to Rs 12,500 For Seinfeld's!” said one fan.

Ouch!

Hi-jinks in Udaipur
And these two pictures from our favourite Maharana Arvind Singh of Mewar bring home just what a spectacle of sights and sounds Udaipur was during the recently concluded Hinduja-Mahtani nuptials.

Sanjay Hinduja and Anusuya Mahtani with Maharana Arvind Singh
Sanjay Hinduja and Anusuya Mahtani with Maharana Arvind Singh

The first features him with groom Sanjay Hinduja and bride Anusuya Mahtani at Jagmandir Island Palace, and the second with wedding guests, President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni and H H Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and H H Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi with Sriji
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and H H Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi with Sriji

Incidentally, the Maharana takes his role as titular head of his State very seriously indeed, a factor that has contributed considerably in its tourism fortunes. Not a day passes without his hosting guests at his palace - and then posing for the standard picture with them.

In fact, no sooner had the wedding events wound down when Sriji,as he is known, hosted yester year actress Raveena Tandon for one such.

Manish for Paris Fashion week
To celebrate designer Manish Arora's much-anticipated showing at Paris Fashion Week later this year, the weekend will witness a party for fashionistas, friends, well-wishers and admirers to be held at Delhi's Indigo.

Manish Arora
Manish Arora

Arora, who is known as the John Galliano of India, once held the position of director of the womenswear collection of the French fashion house Paco Rabanne and is one of the few genuinely international renowned designers India has produced. In fact, he made his international debut at London Fashion Week in September as far back as 2005.

Interestingly, unlike those of his ilk, he has eschewed the usual bridal and Big Fat Indian wedding thriving market to concentrate on the world scene.

Why the subterfuge?
Word comes in confirming that these two Bolly stars, both from established film families, are indeed an item.

Sources swear that last year while they were at an off location shoot outside Mumbai and were put up at a neighbouring guesthouse for a couple of weeks, though they were allocated separate rooms it was only for the public and in fact they had shacked up together for the whole duration.

What's intriguing is that they are both single, consenting adults and perfectly in their rights to see each other. Then why the subterfuge and constant denials? “Could be because of her dad's political affiliations?” asks an insider about the actress.

“Or the fact that, having had such a successful run at the box office, she's just playing her cards right and doesn't want to be identified with any one star yet.” Whatever it may be, they certainly make for a very well matched and handsome pair - give or take a few kilos!

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