The strange case of the Mukerjeas

She was in the spotlight last year during the infamous murder, of what turned out to be her stepsister Sheena Bora. Vidhie Mukerjea, the twenty-something younger daughter of Indrani Mukerjea, and Sanjeev Khanna, was alleged to be the one of the motives behind the gruesome murder, as she would become the final beneficiary of all Peter Mukerjea's properties the world over.

Vidhie in Costa Rica and On a yacht in Dubai
Vidhie in Costa Rica and On a yacht in Dubai

And though her mother Indrani, father Khanna and step-father Peter are still in prison with a slim chance of coming out clean, a source brought to our attention the curious case of Vidhie, who by all accounts is seemingly unaffected by the whole mess around her family and has shown no signs of remorse.

At Halloween in London and At the Tramp club in London
At Halloween in London and At the Tramp club in London

The young woman, who studies in London and is a British citizen, has for the past six months posted frequent pictures on social media of her no-holds barred jet set lifestyle. Whether it is going for drinks to Tramp in London, sailing on a yacht in Dubai, or as a couple of days ago, of her holiday with friends in Costa Rica, she appears completely unaffected.

As an insider commented, “Vidhie has most curiously turned a blind eye to her parent's troubles; she controls their foreign accounts and has been quite literally living it up in the past six months.” The source goes on to say, “Indrani was arrested on the day of Vidhie's birthday last year, and shockingly, the day after her mother's arrest, Vidhie had gone ahead with her birthday celebrations and invited friends for drinks to their Worli home.” And as these pictures she's posted of herself show — the Mukerjeas are truly one strange family.

No laughing matter
You would think India's agrarian crisis doesn't lend itself well to humour. That's until Cyrus Broacha, one of the country's funniest men, explores the dark truth of Maharashtra's debt-ridden farmers and the state's apathy in a conversation with Vandana Foundation's Saumya Roy for 'Cyrus Says', his talk show on a music streaming app.

Saumya Roy and Cyrus Broacha
Saumya Roy and Cyrus Broacha

The two managed to bring warmth, humour and intelligent conversation to topics such as the cruel joke that government aide can often be, wisdom from Edward Albee and making farms viable.

A former journalist, and daughter of AN Roy, former Mumbai police commissioner, Saumya has spent six years supporting Vidarbha's widows, Mumbai's rag pickers and its embattled street vendors through the foundation set up jointly with her father. “He may be funny, but he's also very clever,” she says of her interlocutor. “ I had to keep my wits about me during the talk.”

History on the idiot box
“Sixteen years ago television history was made this week when both KBC, starring Amitabh Bachchan, and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi were launched by Star TV on the same day.

Sameer Nair with Vijay Krishna Acharya, Prasoon Joshi and Kabir Khan
Sameer Nair with Vijay Krishna Acharya, Prasoon Joshi and Kabir Khan

“The entire focus was on KBC,” says Sameer Nair, currently head of Balaji films, who at that time along with Peter Mukerjea, had been at the helm of Star. “It was Star's big punt, a game show in prime time, a crore in prize money and Mr. Bachchan's debut on television,” he recalled.

Amitabh Bachchan in KBC and Smriti Irani
Amitabh Bachchan in KBC and Smriti Irani

“Few people at the time knew that we were concurrently working with Ekta Kapoor on a daily soap in Hindi starring Smriti Irani,” he says. “Both shows went on air the same night, KBC at 9 pm and Kyunki at 10.30 pm.” he says, not needing to add: 'and the rest was history.' Because imagine Bachchan without KBC. Or for that matter India without her Tulsi...

Sikh wedding in Tuscany
“There's three of us siblings married and three to go,” says Parveen Dusanj, who along with husband Kabir Bedi, is currently in the heart of the Italian countryside to attend her sister Suki Dusanj's wedding this weekend to Giuliano Lenz, a media entrepreneur.

Suki Dusanj and Giuliano Lenz
Suki Dusanj and Giuliano Lenz

“The wedding was a Sikh ceremony at a beautiful residence with a spectacular view of the Tuscan hills,” says Parveen. “This was followed by a white wedding at Castiglione Del Lago overlooking lake Trasimeno with family and friends from all over the world including Raageshwari Loomba, Narendra Kumar and Cecilia Oldne from India.

But why Italy? “Giuliano is half-Italian and celebrations are in places that are significant to him,” she says, adding, “So it's a fairytale wedding full of love and romance and even an Italian knight – Kabir.” And, of course, the Bedis and the Dusanjs will be outfitted for the occasion in style.

“Suki will be wearing a Marchesa wedding dress and a Veda Raheja outfit for her sangeet. I will be rocking my Ritu Kumar outfits and Ralph Lauren long dress for the wedding and Kabir is in Tarun Tahiliani,” she says. As recalled, Parveen herself had a high profile wedding to Bedi earlier this year and her sister Nin is married to actor Aftab Shivdasani.

Belle of the Delhi Ball
A few months ago we'd written how the women of Delhi had bared their sharpest claws at this femme fatale during a high-profile wedding. What had got their collective goat was the attention she was attracting from the drooling alpha males present, including some of the country's most swinging politicos, who were hanging onto every word from the six-foot former international model.

It didn't help either that she'd played up by sitting on her host's lap. Now, it turns out that the PDA was not a social prank. The leggy one time corporate executive who'd attracted headlines by being chosen to walk the ramp by an internationally designer, is said to be the dapper North Indian billionaire's main squeeze.

No wonder her presence at his family wedding had all the other women so riled and whispers of “let's throw her expensive designer bag in to the fireplace,” had been heard. Oh dear.

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