My week began with the Living Legends awards by Adding Smiles, honouring achievers from across various fields. The event saw the coming together of some serious heavyweights from business to sports, arts and culture. It was nice for a change to see an award show that was less about the ‘glam factor’ and more about substance, with the spotlight focussing on the work done, rather than the red carpet. It was quite the mutual admiration society though, with both the presenters and awardees taking turns heaping praises on each other. Enough to make most of us feel like serious underachievers. Highlights of the evening included an impromptu performance by Sudha Raghunathan, and a silent National Anthem by a group of differently-abled youngsters.
Awards season might be well and truly here, with all eyes peeled for ‘who wore what where’ as we gear up for the big ‘O’ end of this month, but this week also saw quite a few birthdays, or should I say ‘Three Birthdays and An Engagement’. Setting the ball rolling was Sneha Nair; the popular socialite brought in her special day with a sundowner at Aqua, The Park. This is fast becoming my favourite party format. The birthday girl was in top form and didn’t allow her Shivan and Narresh drape dress to get in the way of some killer dance moves. Meanwhile, some of the Chennai fashion peeps had made a quick trip to Bengaluru to celebrate supermodel Jackie Besterwich’s big day. Next on the birthday trail was Shruti Haasan, who has been handling multiple movie industries and the music business with envious ease. Her birthday bash reflected her style, with a loungey vibe and of course, great music. The select group included old friends from Chennai, and fellow actors Tammanah, Jiiva and Vishal. And rounding off the celebrations was the engagement of actors Samantha Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya looking like something out of a fairytale. As expected, the couple kept things private, surrounded by family and close friends..
The week ended with the annual Leather Fashion show, a milestone on the Chennai fashion calendar. In keeping with the beauty queen tradition over the years, the show saw this year’s Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee as show stopper. My favourite was Chaitanya Rao’s collection for Unipel, along with the little ones who, as always, did their own thing and stole the show.
— Paloma Rao
(In picture: Kavipriya, Vinod Chandra Patel, Sudha Raghunathan and Seetharaman)