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Monday, Oct 14, 2019

Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Metros, Monorail Mayhem And Mahim?

mumbai Updated: Oct 06, 2019 06:31 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
Hindustan Times
‘Did you move my Biriyani?’ Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijayakar in the play.
‘Did you move my Biriyani?’ Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijayakar in the play.
         

“The crazy, comedic duo is all set to wow Mumbai with their new show on metros, monorails, mayhem and so much more,” says Raell Padamsee, about her newest production, ‘I Love Mumbai’, featuring funny men Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijayakar, which will be opening this weekend and which she describes as “a musical tribute to the city of dreams”. According to Vijayakar, one part TV funny man, one part theatre veteran and all parts a gourmand, rehearsals are underway in right earnest at the Padamsee’s iconic residence at Colaba, where some of the city’s most successful theatre productions have been incubated over the years. Expectedly, for a project that involves Vijayakar and Broacha, two dyed-in-the-wool Mumbai ‘dikras’, food (lots of it) is never too far away.

“We had the menu planned out for rehearsals at Raell’s house even before the script was ready,” said Vijayakar. “One day was vindaloo, then biryani, another day Chinese, followed by frankies…” he says enumerating some of the city’s most drool-worthy signature dishes. Joining the boys in this food fest, we are informed, is fellow actor Shahriyar Atai, who we are told, plays a Parsi rapper, newly rejected from the cast of Gully Boy. “It promises to turn Mumbai on its head!” says Padamsee.

The mind boggles.

True Lies

How many flights down is it from a penthouse to a repent house? In this time of economic slowdown, scrutiny and boardroom skulduggery, word comes in that this flamboyant gent, once known for his ubiquity and hurry to crash the big boy’s league by hook or by crook, is divesting himself of some prime assets. Along with selling off his family’s and his shares in the open market, also awaiting immediate dispatch is supposed to be the sumptuous penthouse that this erstwhile Master of the Universe used to rent at a pricey tower complex and for which, the amount he paid is said to be a staggering ₹20 lakh per month, say sources. Along with these prime assets, the grapevine insists that he has put his Alibaug plot on sale and that brokers are making urgent sales calls to their clients, even as we speak. Interestingly, if reports of the Mumbai residence being put on the block turn out to be true, then it will be the second penthouse in the same residential complex to be vacated by a high-profile tycoon, who has recently come under the scanner.

Overheard

“Breaking news: According to their travel plan on December 15, U2 will leave Apollo Bunder to have breakfast on Phirozshah Mehta Road. From Dadabhai Naoroji Road, they will go via Annie Besant Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lady Jamshetji Road and Madhusudan Kalelkar Marg to reach Lal Bahadur Shastri Road for lunch. That will take them to the Eastern Express Highway, then to the Thane-Belapur Road and finally to the Sion-Panvel Road before reaching the DY Patil Stadium. To honour their journey, they will dedicate a song to Mumbai. It’s called ‘Where The Streets Have No Name.”
-Music critic Narendra Kusnur’s tongue in cheek comment on the upcoming U2 Mumbai darshan

Climb Every Mountain

Vineet Bhatia at the Everest base camp.
Vineet Bhatia at the Everest base camp.

He was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star for his restaurant Zaika in London in 2001, and since then the dapper Vineet Bhatia has gone on to oversee an empire of almost 20 restaurants across the world. Last year, Bhatia, who grew up in Juhu, surprised many when he announced that he would cook on top of the Everest Base camp in gruelling conditions. The ambitious initiative involved three months of cardio training and doctors advised Bhatia (aged 51) against it, but he did it anyway. And now, word comes in that Bhatia has another extreme initiative already planned for this year. “We are cooking on a cruise this New Year. It will be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Bhatia, explaining that the cruise is not on the sunny Cote de Azur in the south of France, but in fact in Antarctica. We are informed that the ship will set sail from Ushuaia in Argentina on December 26 and tour the southern polar region for the next 10 days. Apart from Bhatia’s modern Indian delicacies, a team representing French culinary legend Alain Ducasse will also be on board. And that is not all Bhatia has up his sleeve, the F&B grapevine is buzzing that the chef has a new hush-hush project in India opening soon, but more on that later.

First Published: Oct 01, 2019 23:18 IST

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