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missmalini has a new address!

Psst! missmalini version 2.0ye is now available on www.missmalini.com! (I’m still working on getting all the comments migrated and the links/pictures just right so please bear with me.) Also, I have tons of pictures and stuff from the weekend was just waiting for the DNS server to kick in with my new address. So sit back enjoy and don’t worry missmalini is not going anywhere. To the moon baby, to the moon!

Also follow me on Twitter @missmalini for the latest dish.

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Could this be the Slumdog Effect?

Mallika Sherwat and Yaani

Mallika Sherwat and Yaani

Seriously I’m beginning to think this might be some kind of crazy conspiracy to blow my mind, that or Mallika Sherawat has some seriously wicked PR skills. Remember her new found friendships with Oprah Winfrey and Usher? Well guess who just became the most recent addition to that list? The 54-year-old Greek legend Yanni! How weird is that. Right?!

He dedicated his new song “Changes” to her at the “Yanni Voices” concert in Los Angeles. In front of a crowd of 7,000 music enthusiasts Yanni announced, “This one is for you Mallika.”As you can see from the video clip she was loving it and jumped up to accept the honor, despite the fact that a lot of the audience had no idea who she was (or maybe that’s why?) Granted this happens to also be the first time that Yanni has dedicated his composition to anyone. Apparently he did a solo gig for her post the concert as well!

I hear they met in LA for post-production of her forthcoming film Hisss. But they’ve also exchanged tweets on the  microblogging website Twitter. According to the sources, Yanni invited Mallika to attend his LA concert, to which coyly replied that she would, provided he dedicate a song to her. The video screens showed images of Yanni’s performance in India at the Taj Mahal in March 1997 during the performance.

Of course Mallika couldn’t stop gushing about it (and rightly so) on her Twitter page (which has the creepiest picture of her on display btw!)

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missmalini’s TV debut!

lcdtvcomboCheck it out, missmalini has arrived! The good people at CNBC TV18 tell me they’re going to feature my blog this week on a show called Tech Toyz. ISD Fri 6:30pm and Sat 7:30pm on. Tune in if you get the chance 🙂

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Mumbai’s nightlife goes into pre-monsoon overdrive!

So now that I’m all caught up on my blog let me just tell you what an amazingly hectic weekend I’ve had! Friday night: Cafe Goa, Poison, after-party @ Ken’s. Saturday: (Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, Aroma Thai for foot massage) Zenzi Mills, China House, Bling, 7am breakfast buffet @ Leela Kempinski (again!)

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For some reason Saturday night in Mumbai was just a little extra rocking. In fact everywhere we went was PACKED beyond belief. I even asked some of the club owners if they knew why. Jehan from Blue Frog explained that the 905 people that showed up were on account of French trance DJ Neuromotor who flew down especially for DJ Asad’s birthday (who played the opening set) what a cool birthday prezzie eh? We unfortunately never made it in the line outside looked a little too daunting! Matan Schabracq who’s new branch of Zenzi next to Blue Frog dubbed “Zenzi Mills” joked, “I think it’s because they heard I’m in town again!” (love him!)  and then went on to explain, “No seriously… I have no idea. Maybe because its almost raining and people are gonna be stuck at home then?” Point. Rishi Acharya who’s new club Oba (which has and I repeat; the best hip hop DJ ever) said, “Place was rocking, the whole older social lot were there for dinner and then in the lounge for drinks. Suresh & Meena Raheja, Sidharth Bhandari, Suzie & Deepak Mirchandani and even Upen Patel.”

Naved Jaffery

Naved Jaffery

P.S. I briefly saw a slightly scruffy-cute looking Kelly Dorji at China House (amid the constant stream of people walking up and down (why do they do that?) perhaps not having bothered to shave since ex girlfriend Lara Dutta and ex best friend and Lara’s new boyfriend Dino Morea are still in Macau) and later at Bling last night Naved Jaffery (was wandering around, not really getting noticed but now that I know he was at the opening of the new Indo Afro restaurant earlier that night, the waistcoat makes more sense) Sohail Khan walked in past 2am (flanked by groupies and bodyguards) and Gautam Singhania was the last to leave. Well maybe technically we were, but I saw Rishi Acharya enjoying the Leela breakfast buffet just like us, what a spread and for 800rs  ($17) what a steal! Tonight I had every intention of attending as Chef Max unfurled his monsoon menu at Olive, Bandra (and as I mentioned A.D. and Sabina Singh played host come rain or shine) but I’m just too partied out! As Garfield once wisely said; “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!” Tomorrow night I’m on air on 94.3 Radio One with Twitter Tunes, my buddy Chetan’s cricket commentary and live Tarot readings with Lara Shah so tune in, we’ll party. This Wednesday Shamita Singha is hosting the launch of another Sobo (i.e. South Mumbai for the uninitiated) lounge and Something Relevant are playing are Blue Frog (Yesssss!) I’ll be there and not be square.

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IIFA up close and personal…

IIFA photos courtesy Ankit Vengurlekar

IIFA photos courtesy Ankit Vengurlekar

Some people have all the luck. I mean imagine flying to Macau to cover the IIFA Awards as part of your job! (I guess I shouldn’t complain my life is pretty awesome too but still. Macau!) So my Twitter buddy @ankitv (who describes himself as a mortal/non-chronological creature/TV presenter/dreamer/adrenaline junkie/wildlife enthusiast/amateur photographer/storyteller and is an anchor and correspondent for CNBC TV18) has very kindly let me hijack photos from his Facebook to share with you. Check it out!

P.S. Who wants to tell Aishwariya that she may have gone a tad overboard on the make up? And I lovelovelove Lara new haircut, she looks absolutely fab and pixie like. Must be love eh Dino?

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Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Amitabh & Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Abhishek & Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Larra Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta

Dino Morea

Dino Morea

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan and his wax replica

Amitabh and Aisw Bachchan

Amitabh and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor

Anushka Sharma

Anoushka Sharma

Raveena Tandon

Suchitra Pillai and Raveena Tandon

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IIFA-rget it!

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(Apologies for being MIA it’s been a hectic work week!) But here’s the buzz from Macau this year. Turns out a lot of celebrities will NOT be attending this years International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards this year. Kareena Kapoor (after announcing that she was going to learn to belly dance from Shiamak Davar for her act) has now backed out. Instead, Bebo will accompany boyfriend Saif Ali Khan to England where they will attend the T20 World Cup matches. Farah Khan has her priorities all sorted out too. Her babies and family first, then her friends and then everybody else. Farah Khan will be given the Best Choreography award for ‘Desi Girl‘  (a track from Dostana) at IIFA this year but will not be there to receive it, instead she’ll be choreographing a song picturized on Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol for Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan.

Now this one’s particularly funny, Ranbir Kapoor had initially agreed to perform at the awards ceremony. But now is not too keen anymore. This sudden change of mind is being credited to his new look for Shimit Amin’s next  project Rocket Singh (really Rocket Singh?) Incidentally, if Ranbir had actually ended up performing, it would have been the first time he’d dance at an awards ceremony(looks like it will be a while before I see Ranbir groove to Bachna Ae Haseeno.)

And Forget about performing live, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar won’t even be attending the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards night in Macau on June 13. The actor has kept aside the month for a family vacation, specially chalked out with his son. I’m told the finale might be performed by the Bachchans Amitabh, Aishwarya and Abhishek (they’ve had tons of practice because of the Unforgettable Tour anyway.) I also hear Shahid Kapoor is performing. Initially Priyanka Chopra was also to perform but now she is not. Bollywood actors Boman Irani and Riteish Deshmukh, who had the audience in splits with their humor at the awards last year in Bangkok, will play hosts to the cine event again and joining the two would be beauty queen-turned-actress Lara Dutta.

Meanwhile Amrita Rao will be seen in a whole new chic avatar At IIFA’09 promoting “Shortkut” walking the ramp with co-star Arshad Warsi as a part of the special IIFA Foundation Fashion Extravaganza followed by a rapid fire Q&A round with hosts Zayed Khan and Sophie Choudhary on centre stage. There will also a special media briefing for Shortkut on the following day. The film is directed by Neeraj Vora, produced by Anil Kapoor and screenplay by Anees Bazmee. Other star cast of Shortkut includes Akshay Khanna, Arshad Warsi and a special appearance by Sanjay Dutt and the producer Anil Kapoor himself in a cameo. Amrita will be seen wearing sleek and sexy Wendell Rodricks outfit complemented by elegant jewellery by Gitanjali Group for IIFA Foundation Fashion Extravaganza. She will also be seen sporting accessories and more from international brands of the likes of Christian Dior, FCUK, Aldo, Luxottica Group.

FYI her PR says “Her look for the IIFA will showcase 2C’s – color and comfort.” Hilarious. (And seriously I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!)

Amrtia Rao

Amrtia Rao

Two days before the actual excitement begins, Amrita Rao says “My stint with IIFA started off in Singapore where I was awarded the “Face of the Year” Award. It is an event that is extremely close to my heart and extremely special for sentimental reasons. Macau is a unique amalgamation of Portugal and Chinese culture which I am quite fascinated by and looking forward to explore. This year besides mingling with the entire film fraternity, I will be giving undivided attention to my soon-to-be-released film, Shortkut. My fashion statement will express loads of ‘green carpet’ glamour for the night, but simple yet sexy dresses for the day.”

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Tough on Tobacco gets Everyone High!

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Tough on Tabacco

Ankur Tewari

Ankur Tewari

Minisha Lamba (right)

Minisha Lamba (right)

Naved Jafri

Naved Jafri

Yudi with Sameer Malhotra

Yudi with Sameer Malhotra

Anita Hassanandani and Ekta Kapoor

Anita Hassanandani and Ekta Kapoor

Adam Bedi and Nisha Harale

Adam Bedi and Nisha Harale Bedi

Riyaaz Amlani, Shamita Singha and Swaati Langeh

Riyaaz Amlani, Shamita Singha and Swaati Langeh

Once again Il Terrazzo saw a host of celebrity faces (big and small) turn up for their weekly live music gig on Wednesday night. Tough on Tobacco played for an audience that included Adam Bedi and his wife Nisha Harale Bedi, Minisha Lamba, Shamita Singha (on a sorta kinda date maybe?) with Craig Wedge (the wine guy, who incidentally will be blogging about wine on missmalini very soon),Yudishthir Urs, Naved Jafri, Ekta Kapoor (don’t let the picture fool you she has a crazy temper), Anita Hassanandani and fellow musicians and music aficionados Ankur Tewari, Shibani Kashyap, Sudhir Mishra, Nikhil D’Souza and obviously Riyaaz Amlani, Sameer ‘Daddy’ Malhotra…

Sapna Bhavnani

Sapna Bhavnani

…and Sapna Bhavnani with her main squeeze Arijit Datta who let me take fun pictures of them for my blog 🙂

*Also remind me to tell you about this amazing Ladakh Confluence my friend Swaati Langeh is organizing in August. It’s going to be Epic!

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Sidd Coutto and his band Tough on Tobacco (which consists of Sidd Coutto -Voice/Guitar, Niranjan ‘Pozy’ Dhar– Guitar, Johan Pais – Bass, Gaurav Gupta – Guitar/Voice, Neil Gomes – Violin, Sax, Flute/Voice and Jai Row Kavi – Drums/Voice) did a fabulous job of keeping the vibe going and Sidd belted out song after song with his easy charm and brilliant voice. Love him.  Watching him makes me happy.

P.S. Dontchya just love the violin?

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I’m also super impressed with his new recruit Neil Gomes who I’m told used to be a choir boy on his way to the priesthood when he was picked up by Sidd to add incredible flavor to the bad with a saxaphone, violin and even the flute. Sorry mom! (I should totally introduce him to Shanks na?)

Nikhil D'Souza

Nikhil D'Souza

Alternate Reality

Alternate Reality

Sapna Bhavnani and I egged Nikhil D’Souza to come up and play a few songs too (what a voice!) plus we got a sneak peak at next week’s act, Alternate Reality (now this guy seemed like a bit of a rookie but sweet enough and hey I guess everyone’s gotta start somewhere na? Besides he was pretty cute!)

Ishq Bector

Ishq Bector

The comic highlight of the evening however goes hands down to Ishq Bector’s impromptu birthday rap. What was that? Now I know for a fact that Shibani can sing, but their whole jam up sounded totally amateurish at best. I also think it might be time for Ishq to take down his Eminem poster, step away from the speakers and let the whole “hip-hopper” persona go.

You’ve gotsta be kidding me. (Um by the way, P. Diddy called, he want’s his loofah back.)

The thing is, he’s actually not a bad guy at all, but the popped collar and desi-gansta vibe does him zero favors. I’m just saying, perhaps he could take a leaf out of Coutto’s lyrics and “Play it some other way?”

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