Its official. The frequency of “Page 3” parties must have dropped way down low considering the latest edition of After Hrs. has Nina Manuel reminsicing about “this day that year” in parties. Although I’ll admit Will Smith hitting the Taj Lands End for the launch of a new Channel called Pix was pretty money. (I actually walked right past him and give him the biggest smile I have ever given anyone in my life and true to character he gave me a 100 watt-er right back *sigh*)
Oh by the way that was also one of the parties we were trying to pull off our mega Page 3 coop at with my friend Renny Zaveri posing as a new starlet on the scene, all part of a major experiment by our team at Mid Day to see just what it takes to fake your way into the limelight. Well it worked, pretty soon we had the Mumbai Mirror calling her “Subhash Ghai’s latest find” all it took was a cool 450,000rs in clothes, make up, hair, hired cars etc. and some cleverly contrived “honey bee effect” moments. (The honey bee effect as defined by our chief photographer is what happens when one member of the paparazzi takes a picture, often the rest will follow even if they don’t recognize the person being photographed- just in case the nobody turns out to be a cash-up-front-for-a-photo-of somebody!)
Ok so here’s my flashback. Sometime in 2006 I spotted Vivek Oberoi getting cosy on the dancefloor at Prive with a PYT who fell hook line and sinker for his 100 watt smile!