Bond-style birthday bash for Ektaa

Ektaa Kapoor will convert her rooftop into a casino a laCasino Royale as she readies for a belated birthday bash today.
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Updated on Jul 06, 2007 11:13 AM IST
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None | BySubhash K. Jha, Mumbai

Television tycoon Ektaa Kapoor is all set for her a belated birthday bash on July 6 and the theme for the annual party is James Bond 007.

Ektaa's rooftop has been converted into a casino like the one in Casino Royale and the guests have been asked to dress in black and red.

Since Ektaa owns the only soundproof rooftop among all her friends from the film and television fraternity, there's an extra reason for them to make a beeline for her residence on July 6.

"I'm bringing in 7/7/7 so we're having a James Bond party. Everyone has to wear black and red, and my whole place will be done up like a Bond set. The card will read, "Come In Black & Red, Coz You Gotta Bond With The Best'," Ekta told IANS.

"However, the music will remain completely Hindi filmy. Bond or no Bond, I'm a filmy gal, and proud of it," she said.

The television producer's birthday is on June 7 but every year she celebrates it after a month. However, this year her friend and business partner Sanjay Gupta threw a party on her birthday.

"When Sanjay threw the party last month I didn't invite any of my friends from the TV industry. This time I'm inviting the entire Balaji brigade, plus all my school and college friends.

"We can party all night without anyone getting disturbed. My house parties have lately acquired a legendary status," she said.

"I'm transforming my place to look like the casino in Casino Royale. I hope it doesn't rain. That would dampen our spirits. That would reduce my guest list from 600 to 300. But nothing can stop us from having fun."

Ektaa also has a hidden agenda for the party.

"I want Sanjay Gupta and Apoorva Lakhia to end their differences. All they've to do is to sit across the table and talk. That's it."

"They're both so talented and their vision is so similar. They've collaborated on a film Shootout At Lokhandwala that has created quite a 'hungama'. They shouldn't have differences. They must work together again," said Ektaa.

She is confident that they will listen to her.

"They have to. The differences between them have been created from the outside and they must end it, for my sake," she said.

Ektaa has an extra reason for wishing to get her two friends together. Her brother Tusshar has become a very close friend of Apoorva. They're seen hanging around quite often.

Gupta, who began directing his new project "Alibaug", however, shrugs at the suggestion of reconciliation.

"As far as I'm concerned Apoorva is welcome to make a film for my company White Feather whenever he wants. But he's directing films for two of my dear friends Ektaa Kapoor and Suniel Shetty. Where does he have time for me?"

So, has Ektaa, the tycoon, turned into a party girl?

"This party I'm having after eight months. And the whole television industry will meet up under one roof. But I do like to go out once a week for dinner. I don't want to block out all my options of meeting Mr Right."

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