Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Travels with my grandmom
“She’s following the advice of Dr Faroukh Udwadia of Breach Candy hospital to the hilt,” said Rima Jain, daughter of the late Raj Kapoor, about her mother Krishna Kapoor’s recent trip to Paris. The octogenarian and much-loved matriarch of the Kapoor clan, who had been hospitalised not too long ago due to a spate of ill health, had accompanied her son, actor Rishi Kapoor and family to the French capital to bring in daughter-in-law, actress Neetu Kapoor’s big birthday. Her grandchildren, actor Ranbir Kapoor and jewellery designer Riddhima Sahni and Riddhima’s husband, Delhi businessman Bharat Sahni and daughter Samara, had also flown down. “I spoke to her yesterday and she was so excited to have visited Disneyland Paris with Samara,” said Rima, adding, “And though walking is a bit difficult for her, she goes everywhere in her motorised wheel-chair, taking her great grand-daughter on her lap, to her delight.” Krishna Kapoor, of course, is no stranger to Paris; having accompanied Raj Kapoor on many of his shoots and premieres. “Dad was known as the first person in India who began the trend of foreign film shoots with his all-time hit Sangam,” said Rima, of her father, the late great showman. “So, Paris has always been a great favourite of Mum’s.” Of course, given her age, no expense is spared for, when the grand lady travels. “Her nurse and a maid accompany her,” said Rima, who had been seen with her mother at the Akash Ambani-Shloka Mehta engagement party at Antillia. There too, Krishna had been the cynosure of all eyes as she sat in regal splendour, as queues of guests lined up to pay their respects. Incidentally, what was the advice given by her doctor, we enquired of Rima. “He said, under no condition must she lie in bed like an invalid, but in fact get out of the house and keep doing fun things,” she replied. Excellent advice we think!
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, KIM
Kim Kardashian’s legion of Indian fans will be thrilled to know that the American reality television personality and socialite will most likely be coming to India soon, if sources are to be believed. Kardashian, who has a formidable online and social media presence, with tens of millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram, is said to have been signed by India’s leading Mumbai-based e-commerce makeup portal, which is on the verge of inking a contract with the star’s make-up company. If this deal comes through, Kim will not be the only member of the Kardashian family to have come to India. Last year, her half-sister Kendall Jenner had been flown down to Jaipur for a cover shoot, with celebrity photographer Mario Testino, for Vogue India.
What They Say —
“Yes, it’s true. Madame Tussaud’s, Singapore, is all set to unveil an interactive wax statue of Anushka Sharma, which talks.”
— Spokesperson of the international wax museum
What They Mean —
“No. ‘Don’t litter’ is not what it will say.”
PHANTOMS OF THE OPERA
To kick off the upcoming Opera Season 2018, this July and August, at the Royal Opera House, the Consul General of Italy Stefania Costanza along with the curator, Royal Opera House, Mumbai, and CEO, Avid Learning, Asad Lalljee, celebrated the official launch of the season with a sparkling cocktail reception on Tuesday evening. Held at the well-appointed SoBo home of the consul general, heavy rains did not prevent a delicious serving of Mumbai’s artsy, expat and diplomatic circles – from Canada, Sri Lanka, Germany, France and Italy – from attending. Among the guests were Pheroza Godrej, Sangita Kathiwada, Brinda Miller, Anil Dharker, Saryu Doshi, Khushroo Suntook, Mehroo Jeejeebhoy, Jaideep Mehrotra, Raell Padamsee and a host of others. What’s more, some of the performers and producers of this season’s opera presentation were also present, including famed soprano Patricia Rozario, Mark Troop, and maestro Massimo Taddia, who’d flown in from Italy.
“It was a real UN out there, with the crowded living room of the Italian Consulate General full of a babble of tongues,” Dharker said, about the soiree, adding, “On closer examination, everyone was speaking in English, but in accents, which varied from Spanish to Polish to Italian. And, of course, English from a panoply of Indian states.” “Being India’s only surviving Opera House, we take the title very seriously and in collaboration with some of our key partners like Furtados and the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Mumbai, we are actively striving to champion this beautiful art form,” said Lalljee. “Amongst the exciting events lined up, there is a rare behind-the-scenes workshop on the making of an opera, a beautiful recital of harp and soprano, which celebrates a heritage walkthrough and opera tour at the venue, a fashion pop-up of opera-inspired gowns and finally, the actual opera,” said the avid culture-vulture, before embarking on a two-week tour of Milan and Switzerland.