So Bangalore was awesome. I also took a much-needed detox from the Internet this weekend which explains why I’ve been MIA but I’m back, with pictures!
First up the ride to the Mumbai airport from Bandra on Friday was almost a major blog score because we heard a giant CRV honking behind us and saw Salman Khan in the passenger seat. Long hair, window-down, scowling cool-ly and smoking a cigarette. Unfortunately I only managed to get a shot of his knee (but hey I tried!)
So here’s a fast track through my weekend in Bangalore; first up let me just say that Bangalore’s 25 degrees and 57% humidity knocks the pants off Mumbai’s 36 degrees and 94% humidity. (Thank God it was raining when we got back!)
After several recommendations we decided to go for the centrally located Shilton Suites (look for the pink feather!) tip # 1 is that Bangalore traffic makes Mumbai traffic feel like a breeze so unless you like long, and I mean LONG rides pick a central location. Anything near MG Road works. The Shilton is cute, the Luxury Suites cost about 4500rs ($93) a night and the staff is mostly smiling and at your service (they have a little trouble getting two of everything right at breakfast though but I suppose no biggie.)
On Friday we decided to head out and try the famed Japanese restaurant called Harima (Devtha Plaza.) Absolutely delicious food. It may have helped significantly that we had an authentic Japanese guy at the table who did all the ordering for us! (FYI Soto is my boyfriend’s classmate at Harvard Business School and in Bangalore for the summer, so if you’re up for being a happy shiny tourist guide lemme know.)
RJ Anjaan & missmalini
Then we headed down the street to Nyx (Residency Road, opposite Purple Haze, above Konark restaurant) where Radio One Desi Grooves was on. Only the hottest Bollywood night in the city that rocks Bangalore every Friday! RJ Anjaan (from94.3 Radio One Bangalore)was up on deck with DJ Jasmeet and gave me a big fat friendly Bangalore welcome which made me feel like a total superstar. (Thanks for that Anjaan!) Sadly Bangalore wraps by 11:30pm tops and unless you find yourself an after-party to attend its generally lights out, quite a switch from an average weekend in Mumbai but still refreshing to see a whole new set of clubs and (I guess since they know the clock is ticking) they sure pack in the power on the dance floor!
Amrita, Anjaan and a Koala Bear
That’s Anjaan’s gorgeous wife Amrita. Super-fun and friendly and can you believe neither of them drink but just love to dance?! Impressive. Oh, and if you’re wondering why Anjaan is hugging a Kuala Bear (yes a real one) it’s because he was recently in Australia and came this close to bagging “the best job in the world” as island caretaker, check out his application video I thought it was really neat. On the upside his current job is pretty much in the top 10 too in my opinion and I should know! Day two up next…
So I just heard that the Khan brothers Salman, Sohail and Arbaaz are partying on a private yacht in Alibaug these days. Sources reveal that Salman has bought a yacht, and it is parked at a private stretch of the beach in Alibaug. Apparently Sohail came up with the idea of buying a yacht because he loves the ocean and swimming. Salman and Arbaaz supported him and decided to get one together. The yacht is a medium- sized model that can host a small party of 10 people. Salman and Sohail were spotted partying on it a month back with a bunch of kids from their family.
A friend close to the family confirms that the yacht is the family’s prized possession and they often use it to get away from the city. “Since Salman doesn’t want to be seen travelling in it, he has parked it at a secluded spot in Alibaug. The actor has also deputed two people who are responsible for maintaining the yacht.” Even though details of the yacht’s make are sketchy the source confirms the price tag is anything between Rs 2.5-3 crore.”
So didjya hear? Mad gossip about Katrina Kaif and John Abraham exchanging SMSes and Kat FLIPPING out with a reporter who was investigating the story and digging up phone bills to the point that she got Salman Khan to call and threaten the press! (Such a bad move.) Read the full drama here.
Anyhow the funny thing is that yesterday I texted John to ask if he’d be interested in going to L.A. to watch a basketball final courtesy the NBA my friend is setting up (since they want a Bollywood sort of biggie and Imran Khan doesn’t seem too keen on the 24 hour whirlwind trip there and back anymore) and I got a very dejected “Have a fractured foot…” in reply. (Now before you start assuming Salman has something to do with that he didn’t. John had a little accident on the sets of Hook Ya Crook) but that still doesn’t explain his seriously blue vibe over SMS. Now this could all be my over active imagination but I’m dying to see Bipasha Basu’s reaction when she gets back from Goa. Heehee.
P.S. On another note I’m told Mallika Sherwat is going to be in L.A. for the bball herself. What a trooper. I bet she comes back with someone tall, dark and “on defense.”
Salman Khan has a new “good friend” along the lines of Somy Ali and Katrina Kaif. The latest being a the German supermodel Claudia Ciesla who’s hoping to bounce into B-Town with a little help from her new “friend!”
The model-turned-actress was in town for the dubbing of her Indo-English movie “Karma Crime, Passion, Reincarnation.” (Boy that’s a mouthful.) I believe her exact words were, “If Katrina can do it, I think anyone can. Look where she came from! She had no knowledge of the language and still, she is at the top. I want to be that girl and better. I have all the potential to beat her.”
These days, Salman can be spotted tutoring his new protege at his favorite coffee shop at the J.W. Marriot, Mumbai. Apparently he spotted her on the next table with someone he knew and called her over. She told him about wanting to make it in Bollywood and he told her not to worry, now that she’d met him. Smooth.
How does Katrina feel about this? Well last I heard she was in Paris and has been voted the sexiest woman alive (again!) in a poll by FHM (India), ahead of Bollywood belles Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. (The results of the poll, which are yet to be announced, were leaked to Mumbai Mirror.) When Katrina was quizzed on the poll, she seemed blissfully unaware, “I haven’t been informed about this. It was great to win the poll last year and would be lovely to win it again… let’s wait and watch what happens.” There’s also a rumor going around about Kat and Imran Khan which I refuse to believe. (He’s just too good a guy to cheat on his girlfriend no?)
Claudia began modelling at 15. At 17, she moved to Germany from Poland and became an Internet glamour model. The German newspaper Bild arranged an examination of Ciesla by a plastic surgeon and reported, that her boobs (size: 38DD) were entirely natural. She is currently pursuing an acting career in Bollywood. Oh lordy.
Oh and incidentally Salman Khan is apparently the most kissed actor at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum! According to the spokesperson at Madame Tussauds, “Salman beats all the Indian personalities in popularity chart. He is the most kissed and most photographed amongst the lot. Khan joins the likes of Hollywood’s Justin Timberlake who is the most hugged at the museum,” added the spokesperson.
Looks like our little master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is about to get his very own wax statue at Madame Tussaud’s on Monday, 13th April at 4.00 pm at Taj Lands End. (How’s this for two firsts; Sachin will be the first Indian sports personality to have his likeness built in wax and this is the first time a Madame Tussauds figure has ever been launched overseas.) His figure, which has taken three months to create, is in typical celebratory “on the pitch” pose dressed in his cricket whites which he himself donated.
Sachin’s wax figure will be placed next to other cricket legends like West Indian Brain Lara and Australian Shane Warne. Other Indian personalities to be portrayed at the museum include Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan.