NRI businessman Raj Kundra, the newly-wed husband of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, has purchased the long-term lease of the former Poison nightclub in Bandra. He is converting the 12,000 square-foot Waterfield Road building to a members’ only exclusive nightclub, which will open in February. The building is owned by builder Kishor Bajaj, chairman of the Esq Corp.
Poison, run by DJ Aqeel and Dilip Joshi, closed in August after the duo chose not to renew the lease, claiming it was too expensive. They are not involved in the new venture. Aqeel is focusing on his new club Hype, which will open inside the Atria Mall in Worli in January. Prashant Gunjalkar, who was a stakeholder and investor in Poison, is partnering Kundra. “We are not going to call it Poison. The Poison brand is shut. I was an investor in Poison and in charge of the day-to-day operations. I will be taking on the same responsibilities here,” says Gunjalkar.
He claims that the lease is not that expensive – and they have taken it for a minimum of five years. “The name is under wraps but I can promise you that next February you will get a rocking nightclub again with a big international DJ on board along with several Indian resident DJs,” adds Gunjalkar.
He says they intend to have different music nights on different days of the week, as Poison had, such as retro, alternative, house, and Bollywood. “Raj is a friend of mine. We have been close friends for many years. Shilpa and her sister Shamita are designing the interiors,” he informs. “There’s nothing from Poison in it anymore.”
The high-end classy club will have a capacity for 600 to 700 people. It will be open from Wednesday to Saturday. On Sundays, it will host live bands. The members will need to be recommended and be scrutinised closely.