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Malavika’s Mumbaistan: The once and forever king?

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2018 12:58 IST
Malavika Sangghvi
Malavika Sangghvi
Hindustan Times
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Vijay Mallya (right) with his son Siddharth Mallya (left) at Wimbledon this Sunday.

This picture, featuring Vijay Mallya, his son Siddharth Mallya and an unknown friend snapped this Sunday at the Wimbledon Finals, gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘well-heeled’. Flamboyantly dressed at all times, both father and son are exceptionally well shod, both in sharp white spats, undoubtedly procured from some of the world’s most-celebrated cobblers. The elder Mallya in his trademark mullet, solitaires and expensive threads, and the younger one in his body-hugging ‘athleisure’ fashion, are a picture of insouciance as they stare at their cell phones reading messages from who knows where – Hollywood agents? CBI enforcement directors? Friendly politicians – who can say? All one can surmise from their happy, shiny, fashionably on-point appearances is that unserviced bank loans, unpaid employees and newspaper headlines reporting doom and gloom regardless, the King of Good Times ain’t done with the good times just yet. All together now: Oo La La La le O…

BOYS IN THE BAND

(LtoR) Ranjit Barot and AR Rahman.

“We will be playing a lot of his well-known hits, like Humma, O Humma and Dil Se, along with some lesser-known songs, which I will be rearranging,” says musician Ranjit Barot, about his upcoming tour of North America, this August-September with AR Rahman, in venues at Washington, Dallas, Seattle and NYC. Barot has been a musical director for the maestro for about five years now, and he still gets kicked about the job. “I suppose, the fact that I get to rearrange and present his songs in a new light is an exciting role for me. Being the drummer and the on-stage musical director, leading the band, and directing the sonic presentation of the music is an added bonus,” he says. What’s the maestro like, up close and personal? “Extremely generous with how much space he gives the musicians,” he replies, adding, “He is a close friend, a musical visionary, who has such a deep connect with his audiences. I am amazed every time we are on stage, just how much the audiences love him. And it is reciprocated by him two-fold.” Indeed!

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What They Say —

“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ Sort of a double negative. So, you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself. I have, on numerous occasions, noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

— Donald Trump, trying to clear up the mess his words created in Helsinki.

What They Mean —

“Relax folks. It’s nothing more than an auto-correct failure. That’s why I prefer tweeting. I’m much more coherent there as you can tell.”

TAKE THAT, BOLLYWOOD!

Sonal Dabral.

His CV reads like a virtual encyclopaedia of Indian advertising, having been at the crest of some of the most seminal agencies of the industry, in his long and fruitful career; but Sonal Dabral, group chief creative officer of O&M might just have never made it here, if his nascent Bollywood career had taken off. This week, Dabral posted a picture of himself and award-winning documentary filmmaker Pan Nalin, togged up in theatrical gear on stage, during their NID days. “From the film set of NID, 30 years ago. That day at NID, two careers of Bollywood’s to-be superstar were doomed! Pan Nalin & Sonal Dabral,” he’d posted. “I loved performing and was active in theatre at NID. In fact, I spent a good part of my time singing, acting or mimicking our various professors. Nalin was experimenting with a stop-motion project, and the story was about how villagers get affected by rapid urbanisation. Nalin himself, played a villager, and I played the villain.

The photo that Dabral posted of himself and filmmaker Pan Nalin in theatrical gear on stage from their NID days.

Very Kafkaesque!” he texted, when we enquired if he’d indeed ever been bitten by the acting bug. “I loved design, and later advertising, so much that I never seriously thought of films as a career, though I loved every time I was able to find time to face the camera,” said the man, who’d done so, first in Delhi with Fauji (which launched Shah Rukh Khan) and later in Mumbai, as a veejay, hosting Philips Top 10 and later, Surf Dhamaka. But of course, once a star always a star, as his recent ‘airport look’ proves. “I was on my way to Sydney, when this pic was taken,” says Dabral. “I travel a lot for work, so I thought, since Bollywood is always busy posting its airport looks, maybe advertising too should post one of its own!” Nice!

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 12:57 IST