Actor-restaurateur Arjun Rampal’s lounge bar has almost completed a year’s run in Delhi. He plans to open a Lap in Mumbai too and is on the lookout for prime real estate. He’s also in talks with Sky Bar, voted as one of the "most rocking nightspots in the world" by Worldsbestbars.com, to take Lap to Beirut.
“There’s a lot of excitement in the Lebanon capital Beirut and I’ll be going there for a recce in July-August. Subsequently, I want to take Lap to three of my favourite cities in the world: London, New York and Paris,” informs Rampal.
Talking about his dream project, he says that the idea of opening the hot spot in the capital was to create a safe place for women to enjoy an evening out. Encouraged by its success in Delhi, Rampal, whose recent release Raajneeti has added considerably to his female fan following, would now like to extend the hospitality to women across the globe.
Music is one of the USPs of his lounge bar and the actor points out that he’s gone out of his way to promote Indian DJs. “We have eight of them on board and even when we open in cities abroad, you will see the ‘desi’ touch in our décor, music and menu. I want to create a unique brand with a strong identity of its own that will proudly present India to the world,” asserts Rampal.
In the last couple of months, the National Award-winning actor has reportedly been under the scanner for the 55 after-parties and fashion shows his event management company, Chasing Ganesha, organised during the 45 days of the Indian Premier League. The parties invited sharp criticism from the BCCI with even Team India’s captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, blaming them for their poor performance in the T20 World Cup.
So will they continue to be a part of the cricketing razzmatazz in 2011? “I have no idea,” says Rampal. “It’s something no one knows till IPL Season Four gets underway next year. The evening’s entertainment was appreciated by a lot of people and I hope they will continue to feature. Yeah, the bashes came under fire from certain sections but that is inevitable since anything new is always condemned. Personally, I think what Lalit (Modi) has done for the IPL is fantastic. And they should get him back as soon as possible.”