On a sunny afternoon in February, our six eminent jury members met over lunch at a suburban five-star hotel to pick the best from Mumbai’s trendsetters. Film-maker Karan Johar, Bollywood diva Raveena Tandon, designer to the stars Rocky S, ace lensman Subi Samuel, top stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania and HT Café’s Entertainment Editor Afsana Ahmed, helped select the winners of this year’s Mumbai’s Most Stylish awards.
Subi was the first to arrive and waited patiently till his friend, Rocky S came in minutes later. The two greeted each other like long lost brothers and the conversation soon turned to the nominees list. As the others — Karan, Raveena and Anaita — walked in, they too instantly joined in the animated discussion.
"Let’s focus on topical issues as we pick the winners," said Raveena, while drawing attention to current events. Karan was in his element as he slashed off names from the list with a flourish. "Can we add to this list?" asked Subi, to which Anaita rattled off names of celebrities that she thought deserved a trophy. While she named one popular personality after another, the jury got into even more animated discussions about who should win and why.
Raveena, who looked ravishing in a hot pink dress, also joked about coveting the Mumbai’s Most Stylish Mom award. "I’ll even abstain from voting just to get it," she said, laughing. The star kept everyone in splits with her jokes and anecdotes, even posing for a fun picture with Rocky. The conversation about the winners’ fashion sense continued over sashimi, salmon steaks, sandwiches and Thai curry.
Throughout the meal, fans kept interrupting the proceedings to pose for pictures with Karan and Raveena, both of whom obliged with smiles. Raveena even advised a young woman happily clicking away on her smartphone about the right angles and light to capture the best shot.
At the end of a long lunch, we emerged with a list of winners from fields as diverse as Bollywood and business, sports and fashion, theatre and television. Over the next few days, we take you on an exciting journey through this year’s Mumbai’s Most Stylish.