Imran Khan, Vishal Bhardwaj introduce Gulabo
She is beautiful, edgy and loves to compete. I am excited to introduce my new co-star — Gulabo, who will be making her first public appearance today,” says Imran Khan, as he sits atop a soapbox car shaped like a bullock cart.bollywood Updated: Dec 02, 2012 13:21 IST
She is beautiful, edgy and loves to compete. I am excited to introduce my new co-star — Gulabo, who will be making her first public appearance today,” says Imran Khan, as he sits atop a soapbox car shaped like a bullock cart. The actor and director Vishal Bhardwaj, will be flagging off the first Red Bull Soapbox race in Bandra this afternoon.
The race has 70 four-member teams competing for the prize — a fully paid trip to Austria. The team will experience the night life at Salzburg, visit Hangar 7 (the building owned by Dietrich Mateschitz which houses historical airplanes, Formula One racing cars and the Michelin-starred restaurant Ikarus) and the German Touring Car Masters Racing Circuit.
Other than the race, the arena will host a carnival: there will be acrobats, dancers, cheerleaders, stilt walkers, unicyclists and jugglers.
“I plan to be everywhere, watching the acts, mingling with the crowds, talking to the teams,” says VJ Ramona Arena, who is one of the hosts. “I’m sure it’ll be a festive atmosphere,” she adds. Echoing her is funnyman Kunal Vijaykar, who will be judging the teams.
“The race is about getting your creative juices flowing and having the city come together in the streets,” he says. Known for being a big foodie, cars with a food theme will definitely get Kunal’s vote. “It’ll be lunch time and who knows if they’ll feed me, so if I see a giant pizza slice racing towards me, that’ll surely have my points,” he quips.
Another judge, VJ-turned-TV host Rannvijay Singh is a tad more serious about his judging duties. “I’ll look at parameters like speed, cart presentation and the team’s confidence,” he says. Though there will be haystacks to break falls and paramedics on call, Rannvijay cautions that the teams should have their technical aspects in place.
Any last-minute advice? “I want people to come out and enjoy themselves,” says Rannvijay. “Just don’t crash into me!” jokes Ramona, while Kunal advises people to “not make winning all-important.”