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Yes We Can (too!)

Ritesh Deshmukh
Ritesh Deshmukh
Shiamak Dawar & Kids
Shiamak Dawar & Kids
Mallaika Arora Khan
Mallaika Arora Khan
Harsika Batt
Hrishitaa Bhatt
Raj Bhavsar
Raj Bhavsar
Shiamak Dawar @ Kids We Can!
Shiamak Dawar @ Kids We Can!

ttpThis is way sweet. Last night Shiamak Davar’s electric show featuring blind and deaf children was attended by Alyque Padamsee, Shazahn Padamsee, Sharon Shazahn Padamsee, Jayant Patil Home Minister of Maharashtra, with his wife Shailaja (who got a birthday greeting in sign language no less!) Shaina NC, Viral Shah, Rupali Ganguly, Vikram Phadnis and Tarana Raja Kapoor.

Performances included The Blind Man’s Band (a band in which every member is blind) accompanied by Vijay Prakash, the critically acclaimed singer of songs like “Manmohini” from the movie Yuvraaj. Mind-blowing acts and audio visuals showcased how blind and deaf children recognize currency and people, can operate computers, travel in local trains, change platforms without any help and even has hold jobs without being able to see, hear or speak.

Celebrity performers included Riteish Deshmukh, Mallaika Arora Khan, an energetic performance by Hrishitaa Bhatt and never seen before gymnastic performance by Raj Bhasvar (the American desi who won a gold medal in the gymnastics category for the USA in the Beijing Olympics of 2009.) The real starts of the night however turned out to be students of the Helen Keller Institute proving without a shadow of a doubt that indeed they can.

Shiamak even moved the audience to tears with the heart wrenching tribute act to the film Black.

Its nice to see so much of this happening now and celebrities and just generally charged up regular folks showing their support as well. Whether it’s for the mentally handicapped, physically abused or creatively combating poverty.

P.S. I recall being captivated by an Astad Debo “Breaking Boundaries” performance with deaf students over a decade ago in Delhi. At one point they even turned the music off so you can experience the deafening silence they were grooving too. At the end when everyone got up to clap and were animatedly discussing the show in sign language I felt like I was the one with the handicap since I couldn’t understand their signs. Amazing what happens when you flip things around like that. Makes you think about how much we take for granted doesn’t it?
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GQ Bar Night. The Butler did it.

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So GQ’s Wednesday Bar Night at Olive is turning out to be quite the hotspot! In fact I have to say I’m pretty impressed with how they manage to pull off stylish soirees on a regular basis without ever compromising on class (this also means they always have Redbull at the open bar which I truly appreciate.) Remember the launch party? That was super hip. Plus the magazine has had my heart throb Aamir Khan on the cover (with a pretty well crafted interview inside) and their first bar night was a roaring success. (Maxim eat your heart out. Although I had a conversation with Alex Kuruvilla yesterday and he pointed out that there was actually no magazine (in the same league)  that really compares, I guess that’s fair. Its also true that guys actually read this stuff (when they’re not flipping through Cosmo that is) so they’re clearly on to something.

So here’s my LPC action from the night (Press kit photos to follow…)

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler and Amrit Maghera

Narendra Kumar, Gerard Butler and Ken Chin

Narendra Kumar and Gerard Butler

Gregorry David Roberts

Gregory David Roberts

Bandana Tewari

Bandana Tewari

In a blur of heat (and the distinct aroma of horses) I spotted Gerard Butler (remember I told you he was in town?)  While the boys commented (with some degree of satisfaction) that “he really isn’t as jacked as he looks in 300″ he spent most of his night getting oodles of attention from members of the female persuasion (and clearly loving every minute of it.) Tarana Raja Kapoor had a funny exchange with him about having dubbed for the Queen in the Hindi version of 300 to which he replied with a snarky “So how was I in bed in the Hindi version?” Another popular face at the party turned out to be good ‘ol Shantaram Gregory David Roberts who flashed me a friendly smile unlike the slightly grumpier Mr. Butler! Amrit Maghera pulled of the whole “barbie” ensemble with a straight face and managed her first Hollywood scoop for After Hours with a satisfied grin on her face, (Nina Manuel’s stilettos can’t have been easy to fill!) Meanwhile Narendra Kumar Ahmed looked like he’s been working out although he kept joking with me that he was just holding his stomach in. (Man if you could teach some of us girls to do that we’d never work out!) Uday Benegal also appeared out of nowhere much to the delight of some long time fans and friends and Bandana Tewari zipped around with the kind of dynamite energy I’m praying to God I still possess post parenthood!

P.S. This what the buzz over at www.gerardbutlergals.com is… to surmise: they love him in white and they really want him back!

And Now Say Hello to My Monochromatic Friend!

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Same colors, same party but sadly getting it SO wrong.

Not like I was saving the best for last but just when you thought (based on his relatively normal attire at the last GQ bar night) that Yash Birla had finally retired his futuristic wardrobe and any moment now was gonna do a big fat “gotcha!” on the paparazzi (who remain mystified but trigger happy) perhaps even admitting that he had been kidding all along he shows up in this psychadelic tee shirt which could possible be the ugliest shirt in the world. Challengers?

Yash Birla

Yash Birla

Honorable mention in the fugly department goes to this dress and that belt. (I’m not a fan but I’ll let the experts decide. Ladies?)

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