IT’S been a rollercoaster ride that I’ve been on for the past three months, thanks to my sister Rochelle and her Bigg Boss 9 journey. So it only seemed right to be there at the finale, to celebrate the end, with as much excitement as we did the beginning. Nervousness aside, it was a great experience to be able to meet all of the housemates and, of course, the man himself, host of the show, Salman Khan. The finale on the sets in Lonavala included Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapoor and a slew of other B’town celebs, all contributing to the drama, ending with Prince Narula being crowned the winner of season 9. Post the paparazzi frenzy, we and the entire BB9 gang got to enjoy the after party courtesy Salman himself. And for those who were still standing the next day, it was a fun brunch at his beautiful farm in Panvel.
Speaking of stunning settings, I also got to be a part of the annual Stuttgart meets Mumbai wine festival, at Taj Lands End, an event that I’ve come to look forward to every year. As always, the team did a fabulous job of the set up, recreating a traditional Southern German feel. They served some of the best wines the region has to offer. Also making their presence felt was chief guest, Dr Martin Schairer, mayor of Stuttgart, and Markus Eberhardinger, celebrity chef and owner of Michelin-starred restaurant Speisemeisterei.
Back in Chennai, Saturday night was all about guffaws as we caught the second edition of One on One from Mumbai’s Rage Production. Sir Mutha Hall was surprisingly not jam packed, despite the fact that the eight short plays were directed by Rajit Kapur and company. Yet the cast kept the audience riveted to the stage with mostly hilarious and some poignant vignettes from daily life. Actor Neil Bhoopalam, as a struggling DJ, drew laughs for his impeccable body language, while Anu Menon was hilarious as the sleep deprived mother of two.
There was starry action at IIFA Utsavam, Hyderabad, as well, and at Phoenix MarketCity, which celebrated its third anniversary with Laugh Ok Please, a stand-up routine
by Karthik Kumar.