Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Guess who came to dinnerUpdated: Jun 07, 2018 16:34 IST
Word comes in that London’s dapper Mayor, Sadiq Khan, broke his roza with some interesting visitors this weekend, when Aditya Mittal, the son of the London-based billionaire steel tycoon Lalit Mittal, hosted a small group of friends and family at his well-appointed Palace Green mansion to welcome visiting Congress leader Milind Deora and his producer wife Pooja Shetty at his home. The late Congress leader, Murli Deora, had been a close friend of Laxmi Mittal for decades. “It was simple home food,” said Deora about the nosh at hand. The get together had featured Aditya’s wife Megha Mittal, his sister Vanisha Bhatia with husband Amit Bhatia, and Khan’s wife Sadia. “We chatted about various things, including the football tournament I organise every year, where Sadiq was the chief guest last year, and how his visit to India has substantially increased trade between London and India,” said Deora, who returns to Mumbai this evening.
What They Say —
“Both the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) have assured no flooding or water-logging owing to the Metro work in the city.”
— News report in yesterday’s papers
What They Mean —
Of course, they did not rule out the usual flooding and water-logging from general road works, unattended potholes, open sewers, clogged drains and shoddy construction.
Outreach (noun): A series of meetings that the head of a political party undertakes with film stars, so-called allies, corporate statesmen and melody queens in order to garner support for their party in upcoming elections, that may or may not cause upset stomachs, heartburn or symptoms of food poisoning before or after their visits.
BLAST FROM THE PAST
“It was a picnic with all my bhidus,” said an emotional Jackie Shroff about this picture shot in 1989 with his co-stars Naseeruddin Shah and Sunny Deol during the launch of the Rajiv Rai blockbuster Tridev — which had won three Filmfare trophies for its makers. Who could forget the film’s anthem, written by Kalyanji Anandji, which had halted listeners in their tracks with its piercing ‘O ee O ee? “I remember first hearing it while seeing the rushes, and thinking it was good, but it was only after the sound recordist had put in the ‘O ee O ee Oeeeye O yaaaaa’ track that it went right off the charts!!” he says. Given the film’s multi-star cast, it is easy to see why Shroff describes its making as a picnic. “Naseer bhai, such a free spirit. Sunny Deol, pensive and shy, and the late Amrish Puri looming large, Dan Dhanoa, Tej Sapru, Dalip Tahil — all my mates,” he says in his characteristic stream of consciousness manner. “Then, there were Raza Murad bhai , and Anupam, who were also my Bhidus, and who could forget the film’s three heroines: Sonam, a lovely little lady, Sangeeta Bijlani, a beautiful person who was cast opposite me, and to top it all, the film had Madhuri Dixit who played my sister…”he says. Does he meet with the Tridev gang, we asked the stylish actor, said to be the most approachable in Bollywood. “Nope, I hardly meet anyone, but when we do, it’s as if nothing has changed,” he responds, adding, “I remember, I had to wear a Bandhani chunni tied around my head during the shoot of the film (it’s typically worn by guys playing danidiya). Thank god it looked good on me!”