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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Lake Como it is!

Our Bollywood sources swear that invitations have indeed gone out and RSVPs are done, for what is the industry’s most anticipated wedding of the year.

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2018 00:24 IST
Malavika Sanghvi
Malavika Sanghvi
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Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. ((HT Photo))

Lake Como it is!
Taking a leaf out of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s book, it appears that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have also opted to get away from the madding crowds and conduct, what is easily one of the most glamorous weddings in recent times at the beautiful Lake Como, one of Italy’s most glamorous locales (George Clooney has a home there), this November. Our Bollywood sources swear that invitations have indeed gone out and RSVPs are done, for what is the industry’s most anticipated wedding of the year. If sources are to be believed, Ranveer and Deepika will get married at a private and elegant ceremony, overlooking the beatific lake. And to ensure intimacy, unlike the recent Sonam and Anand band, baja and baraat extravaganza, the couple has invited only close friends (though for Bollywood stars, this still amounts to around 40 couples), plus their families. A source informs us that the couple will have a large party for everyone in Mumbai after the elegant, private nuptials in Italy. Nice!

Chittiyan Kalaiyaan in Very High Heels

Kanika Kapoor (left) with Christian Louboutin

“What an honour to #shakealeg with @christianlouboutin,” posted perennial Baby Doll Kanika Kapoor, along with a post featuring the master of the long heel, Charles Louboutin, displaying some mean Bolly moves to Kapoor’s catchy, ‘Chittiyan Kalaiyaan’ hit, which she’d sung for the Arjun Rampal-Jacqueline Fernandez’ starrer, Roy. Louboutin’s tryst with Indian showbiz is well known, a great Indophile, the charming designer of very expensive footwear, is close to many Bollywood insiders like the designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla; and the late Sridevi, of whom, he was a great fan. As expected, Kapoor, a great fashionista herself, was thrilled by the experience. “I bought my first ever pair of Loubs going back 15 years, as an ecstatic 21-year-old, who had just moved to London and aspired to own a luxury pair of shoes,” she told us over the phone. “The red soles were then a rage and still, continue to be. So, being invited as an influencer, at Louboutin’s Paris Couture show this year, was an enriching and intimate experience. Christian was a great host. He spent time with each of us individually, showing us the new, enviable collection and talking us through his journey. He truly is one of the finest shoe couturier.”

The Mad Mad Mad World of Musicals

The cast of #SingIndiaSing

It would not be wrong to say that a certain section of Mumbai’s middle-aged hipsters measure their lives by the musicals they’ve performed in, as callow youth. So, there’s a ‘God-spell era’, which beget ‘The Jesus Christ era’, which beget the ‘Evita era’, and so on and so forth. Each of these being responsible for much of the growing up that Mumbai had done. Long-running and successful musicals were mainly mounted by the likes of Alyque and Pearl Padamsee, and were considered something of rite of passage for the city’s youth, as it made up its mind what it wanted to do with itself when it grew up. To be sure, the world of Mumbai musicals has given us such personalities as industrialist Vijay Crishna; producer Ronnie Screwvala; grooming and etiquette expert Sabira Merchant; and actor Victor Banerjee, amongst others. Which is why, we were delighted to learn that even in these digital-selfie-hashtag times, there are still theatre veterans like Rahul DaCunha, who pursue this most challenging, but rewarding form of theatre, thus affording the city’s young, (and young at heart) an invaluable space to discover themselves and their talents. DaCunha is currently working on the musical, #SingIndiaSing that will be staged in October, and it has been eight years in the making! Said to be India’s first, fully original musical, the story and lyrics are written by Bugs Bhargava Krishna and DaCunha, and it will be directed by Nadir Khan, with 25 songs and the soundtrack composed by the famed Coke Studio composer, Clinton Cerejo. “It’s set in the world of music reality shows – a sort of Indian Idol meets Bigg Boss – where ‘likes’ and ‘hashtags’ are everything,” said DaCunha, the man who’d directed English theatre’s Dabangg: aka, I am not Bajirao. “And, made up entirely of songs that traverse genres like rock, hip hop, Bollywood, pop, it also combines video in true, reality show tradition.” And, with a cast that boasts celebrated musicians like Uday Benegal of Indus Creed; Suchitra Pillai; Asif Ali Beg; Brian Tellis along with stars of the Indie rock world like Siddharth Basrur, Kamakshi Rai, and introducing Sarosh Nanavaty (who is said to be the talent to watch out for), it’s no surprise that DaCunha says it is one of his most-ambitious ventures yet, and promises it will be ‘quite a spectacle’. Indeed, pictures from rehearsals feature many talented youngsters, who are, no doubt, having the time of their lives and making cherished memories that will enable them to look back in wonder. “#SingIndiaSing: opening in October at the JBT, NCPA,” says DaCunha. In other words: be there or be square.

A Candle for Tushna

A collage made in tribute of Tushna Dallas.

Increasingly, Old Bombay finds itself mourning the loss of its much-loved institutions, as one-by-one, the light goes out on its favourite restaurants, book shops and personalities. Ballet teacher Tushna Dallas, who passed away this week, is one such. There was an outpouring of tributes for the lady, perhaps the only ballet teacher in India from the 1960s, who, along with her daughter, continued to conduct classes to date. “She was known to be strict, but a kind teacher. My daughter learned ballet from her for nearly six years and the discipline of dance and training in poise and grace was most beneficial,” said fashion impresario Rasna Behl, about the lady, who choreographer Shiamak Davar is said to owe much of his early dance learnings to. “I was about five, when I sneaked into her ballet class and then refused to leave. If I thought Tushna Dallas hadn’t seen me, I was sorely mistaken,” writes actress Ayesha Dharker from London, adding, “Tushna missed nothing. Her complete obsession with ballet was infectious as was her work ethic. She inspired a deep passion – not emotional and wild, but focused and precise. She had the power to truly see you for all you were, and will you to be the best you could be.” USA-based actor Keith Stevenson’s tribute, meanwhile, was reflective of the growing nostalgia. “I like to believe that we who love Bombay should pay homage to the talented people who infused our home with their passion. We grew up in a magical place,” he wrote in from LA.

First Published: Aug 15, 2018 00:23 IST