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Rockstars, Celebrities (and a Bodyguard)

Oh boy. So where do I begin? This weekend has been pretty phenomenal overall with much more celebrity spotting than I had any idea was on the cards but as they say yeh hain Mumbai meri jaan (this is Mumbai my love) and anything is possible here!

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*This is a nod to my favorite author Tom Robbins and his book Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (this is in fact true of ALL girls.) But as you can tell I am not at all blue at this particular moment (neither am I a cowgirl, I just had time to kill, a camera and a hat.)

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My night kicked off at Hard Rock Cafe where I was hosting the Ambassadors of Rock contest for Hard Rock Calling to send one lucky “rockstar” on an all-expense trip for two to London (Hyde Park) to watch Bruce Springsteen And E Street Band, Dave Mathews Band, The Killers, The Kooks, Neil Young, Fleet Foxes, The Pretenders and Seasick Steeve LIVE in concert. I love that this dude won.

Vinay Venkatesh & missmalini

Vinay Venkatesh & missmalini

Vinay Venkatesh actually IS a rockstar (can’t you tell?) He’s part of an Indian rock band called Bhayanak Maut aka Deadly Death (!) and hopes to give out copies of his new album on this trip. He was possibly the most shy rockstar I have ever met though and while my first impression was “woah scary” I eventually thought of him as “big & cuddly” (like a bear.)

And so began the celebrity spotting…

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Now before you take me for some kind of megalomaniac please allow me to explain why I’m doing the cheesy poses along-side most of the “celebrities” in this weekend’s “spotting.” Believe it or not they all insisted I pose with them. Now I’ve tried to figure out why that is and have come to the following conclusions;

a) Said celebrities have (so far) not read my blog so don’t quite know what I’m up to (although this may potentially be a good thing.)

b) The fact that I’m requesting to take their picture with an LPC (or sometimes LPP) leads them to believe that I am how sweet a fan and by allowing me to share some pixel-space with them they’re being the celebrity with the big heart who is all about the fans.

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(and this is based purely on Arbaaz Khan’s reaction at Shiro, Mumbai.)

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c) They are wary of paparazzi catching them in compromising situations and feel safer with you in the picture since for one, paparazzi can’t print their own pictures (but lol@youmistercelebrity they sure can blog them!) and two they’re less likely (or so they think) to end up photo-shopped into a compromising situation.

Your guess is as good as mine. But as long as I GET the picture I’m solid. So whatever it takes baby, whatever it takes (plus I’m told I’m easy on the eye so hopefully you won’t mind too much!)

So anyway, remember Alina Wadiwala from Big Boss? She came up to ask (quite sweetly) about the next contest of its kind and was super friendly. My friends and I later headed over to Shiro ( good job if you noticed I changed!) where the music was jumping and found the waiters hovering around one particular table. Turns out they were expecting Malaika Arora & Arbaaz Khan at a private birthday celebration for a friend. Malaika was sweet enough to pose for a picture but Arbaaz pretty much flipped out when I took his (maybe I should have asked first but honestly he’s got to be used to it by now right? Besides you were there with your wife dude its legit chill out!) I mean he literally looked like I was trying to shoot him with a gun!

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Newlyweds Amrita Arora & Shakeel Ladak showed up later, looked very much in love and lovingly put away several kamikaze shots in the process! Since I’ve texted Amrita from time to time for a quote or two for my column she was very friendly and quite willingly posed for this picture (and I mean posed) I like her she’s fun.

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Oh and this was the best part! I met Nilesh Pawar who said “Hey you’re Malini right, you write articles…?” Bingo. Score. Slamdunk. Malaika Arora Khan’s bodyguard reads my blog. How cool is that?! He’s even offered to mail me some pictures of himself (looking intimidating.) Love it. Really nice guy too, he’s apparently worked the door (as a bouncer no doubt) at White (Rij Eappan’s bar, I used to love White) and even Shiro. He told me that they were coming in from Zenzi Mills and life is pretty chilled out since he only needs to be on duty once or twice a week.

(Can we just take a moment to lol@Arbaaz Khan though for a sporting a mean-ass sneer but having his wife’s bodyguard around just in case! Hilarious.)

P.S. I call this one “A Model & A Rockster!”

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These are my friends Joey Cheng and Sidd Coutto. Sidd is also a rockstar and you can catch him at Daddy’s Wind Song Wednesday on June 3rd (don’t miss it he’s really good!) Joey is a lovely, shiny happy girl (with exotic good looks and loads of charisma) plus she just bought this fabulous new “Symphony Dress” and bag from French Connection so I just had to post you her pictures. Pretty right?!

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Rolling Stone (India) Rewind

So the pictures from my gig at Hard Rock for Rolling Stone India are finally here!

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Me and Luke Kenny

Me and Luke Kenny

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Medusa

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

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Pentagram

Pentagram

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Vishal Dadlani

Randolph (also from Shaiir & Func)

Randolph (also from Shaiir & Func)

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Ready. Steady. Glow!

Aditya Hitkari, Divya Palat and Anu Menon of Lola Kutty fame

Aditya Hitkari, Divya Palat and Anu Menon of Lola Kutty fame

Junelia Aguiar and Ash Chadler

Junelia Aguiar and Ash Chadler

Last night was super fun! As predicted my stage fright didn’t last too long and Luke Kenny was loads of fun to co-host with. Amidst randomly giving out cases of Tiger beer to all my new best friends in the audience I was quite intrigued by the line up of Advaita (an eight- piece fusion band), Medusa (heavy/alternative metal) and Pentagram (everybody knows Pentegram.) Vishal Dadlani was in a happy place and good-humoredly rocked the incessant posing he was asked to do up in the VIP section. (I think when there aren’t enough “celebrities” to shoot the photogs get stir crazy, they even took my picture to the point that the multiple flashes gave me my first deer-in-headlights moment.) There was this one lady in a flouncy (is the only word that comes to mind) white dress who posed and preened to perfection, approved the digital pictures and then was on her way to mingle shingle. Amazing. (Pictures coming soon)

Pssst I hear there was a tiny bit of drama where Pentagram almost staged a walk out but then that got sorted out (which is probably why I’m alive to blog the tale today; trust me disappointed rock fans are generally violent rock fans!)

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Matan Schabracq

Part two of my evening was spent at Zenzi Mills, Mumbai where Matan Schabracq hosted another one of his supercool theme parties to celebrate the official launch of the new Zenzi in town. The theme was white and florescent and people clearly went all out to adhere to the strict dress code. Matan himself loaded up on all sorts of party favors from his travels to ensure everyone had a costume (and no excuse.) The party was officially off the paparazzi radar so I’m not going to get into any celebrity spotting (that and the fact that after 4 vodka Redbulls and 2 kamakazi’s everyone looked like this…)

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Amid lots of random posing and a hilarious conversation about new age combovers I had a total blast and enjoyed the whole bizarre dress up thanks to my friend Sheetal who scoped Linking Road, Bandra for anything that glows. Heck even the paparazzi got into the spirit of the party and was walking around looking like this…

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Me, Sheetal & Navraj Lehl

Me, Sheetal & Navraj Lehl

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Rebecca & Ashwin Mushran

Rebecca & Ashwin Mushran

Ash Chandler

Ash Chandler

(I think I might rock the pink extensions again tonight just for kicks!) I also heard a snatch of Ash Chandler’s new bit on the Hrithik  & Susanne Roshan drama something to the effect of …so she moves into her in-laws and he rushes home from South Africa and finally gets everyone believe the “termite” story, everything is going so well until Barbara Mori comes out and says, “who the hell are you calling a terminte?!” Love it.

Juhi Pande

Juhi Pande

And just as I was leaving I caught Juhi Pande outside and was admiring her new (even shorter) chic haircut when some dude “excuse me, excuse me’s” his way over to her to say something amazing cheesy like “Is your name innocence?” (Like I said, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.)

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Hard Rocking with Rolling Stone

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So I’m off to Hard Rock Cafe tonight to co-host the festivities as Rolling Stone India clocks in a year of business in India. I have a confession to make. No matter how many times I’ve emceed gigs I always feel the same butterflies in my stomach moments before I turn on my microphone. In fact I met a sweet college student at the last gig I hosted (where I had to interview a very grumpy Kareena Kapoor about her “beauty regime” with a skew towards Anne French for the benefit of my fellow media) who asked me quite earnestly, “I always feel so nervous before I go on stage. When do the jitters finally go away?” I had to be honest and tell her it’s been about 10 years and I’ve still got mine. I guess on some base level we’re just afraid of what people will think of us. Ironically then we behave in a way that makes people think we’re weird. Over the years I’ve found the secret is to be super confident, smile and find a friendly face in the crowd and focus on it. Works for me almost 100% of the time. *fingers crossed* this is one of those times.

Rolling Stone launch April 2008

Rolling Stone launch April 2008

I still remember the launch party (was that a whole year ago?!) and their 5 different covers shots featuring Amy Winehouse, Anushka Shankar, Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z and Led Zepplin (psst if you’re coming tonight this information could come in handy! :)) There’s more on www.myspace.com/rollingstoneindia

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