Friday, 16 April 2010

Signature Party den

Mumbai Indians & Kings XI Punjab, IPL after party at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai

The mantra of the evening certainly was  ‘Eat..drink..and make merry’. Even as the Kings XI Punjab faced defeat yet another time, they were looking forward to an unwinding session at the Signature IPL night here in Mumbai.  Glad to see a few from the Mumbai Indians finally at the partying scene. Bravo, Pollard, Duminy, Abhishek Nayar, Dhaval Kulkarni and Jonty Rhodes filled in for the Mumbai brigade, and were seen having a gala time celebrating their victory.

KXIP skipper- Kumara Sangakara
KXIP skipper Sangakkara
The ‘Ramp’age- Monisha Jaising popularly known as ‘the princess of Bohemian luxe’ showcased her collection which was dominated by block prints, Indian handicrafts, flowy summer collection. Walking the ramp for her were the supermodels Alicia Raut, Sucheta Sharma, Candice Pinto among others. Spotted enjoying Fashion show were fashioniastas Nandita Mahatani, Ex Miss World Diana Hayden,International supermodel Diandra Sores.
As soon as the fashion show ended , DJ Whosane took over spinning some of the best international tracks that got the guests grooving on the dance floor. Kieron Pollard just couldn’t stop raving about the music.  The bollywood brigade comprising of Arjun Rampal with wife Mehr Jessia, Dino Morea, Muzamil Ibrahim, Shaad Randhawa, Rahul Bose, Rock On director Abhishek Kapoor. And guess who’s Back in town and was seen enjoying the party? Mandira Bedi is back from her London sojourn and was among the first celebs to be interviewed by Bani J.  Quite her chirpy self!
And Mandy is back!
Umpire Robin Jackman, Andy Bichel, KXIP coach Tom Moody, IPL vice Chairman Niranjan Shah were seen enjoying their drinks amidst some serious cricket talks. The highlight of the party certainly was Bret Lee, who took to the dance floor along with fellow team mates Ravi Bopara, Bisla and Kumara Sangakarra.  Surprisingly Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla & Sreesanth gave the party a miss. Too miffed by the defeat I guess.
Rahul Bose

'Mighty' Tom Moody, KXIP coach

Bret Lee and Bisla entering the party
And just as the party was getting to a full house, the Regal Room was agog with screams of  “Ness..Ness” as in walked Ness Wadia sans co-onwers Priety Zinta and Rohit Burman.  A pretty picture himself, obliged everyone as he posed before heading to bar.
Wassup dude? Dwayne Bravo with Ravi Bopara
Ness Wadia
The Regal Room- A full house
The Regal Room-a packed house
Whoa…one of the best IPL parties in Mumbai so far. The energy and party quotient of the crowd reached the hilt as they danced till the wee hours, living every bit to the epithet of  ‘The City never sleeps’

Play hard..Party harder

As victory beckoned the Mumbai Indians at the D.Y Patil Stadium, the Chargers weren’t left far behind. They partied and how! The Trident, BKC, was all decked up as the Chargers arrived, starting with the owners Gayatri Reddy and her dad in a majestic looking Bentley.  Happy to be posing with the guests, they headed straight to the party which was held at Golconda Ballroom.
BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah and a few ICC officials were the next to join the Reddys.  The ballroom started filling up soon after the Chargers made a beeline for the party. Also seen enjoying the night were  former Miss India and actress Nikita Anand, the MTV crew comprising Bani J, model Noyonika Chaterjee .
IPL Vice President Niranjan Shah
Nikita Anand
The Mumbai Indians skipped this one as their owners had thrown in a private party celebrating the team’s victory. Chargers had a gala time at the party though. First up to face Bani’s volley of fun queries was the mighty Symonds, who was quite enjoying the party and the fashion show. RP Singh looked a bit jaded and was seen engaging in a friendly banter with fellow Charger Jaskaran Singh and Pragyan Ojha.  Captain Adam Gilchrist was too happy to pose and that too in his typical ‘Kangaroo’ style. Cant get more candid than this one!
Gilly and his signature 'Kangaroo'
The Fashion show started soon after and Mandira Wirk’s ensembles certainly belied her age. Some awesome cuts, negligees, floral patterns adorned her collection. And hold your breath guys, the show stopper of the night was the ravishing..Mugdha Godse.
Mandira Wirk with her show stopper Mugdha GOdse
The Dj took over as soon as the fashion show ended and set the dance floor blazing. While the players were enjoying their food and drinks, the guests just couldn’t get their dancing shoes off.  And as the party continued till the wee just got the better out of them. Yet another Signature IPL night  hit if I may say!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

PRIDE- worth playing for indeed!

A few grins after the loss.
When victory beckons the rivals..
All in all a lukewarm response to the much awaited game, which otherwise would have been a semis berth sealing one.  With KXIP having nothing to lose they did spoil Mumbai’s party plans big time.  The crowds dispersed with talks of desperately seeking victory in the next encounter against the Royals.

Signature IPL Nights

The Mumbai Indians are in no mood to let the others party. After sealing a semi final berth against the Rajasthan Royals, they defeated the Delhi Daredevils here in Mumbai with whopping 37 run margin.  The after party was a hit, both the teams partied and how! Read on..
Shantanu-Nikhil’s embellished collection, the city’s elite grooving to DJ Aqeel’s tunes, the MTV VJ’s, the players ‘wining and dining’ made for yet another IPL after party a huge hit.
The Designer duo of Shantanu- Nikhil, who have been in the news recently for designing celebrity couple Sania- Shoaib’s wedding attire, were the designers for the evening.  Embellished cuts, flowy gowns, models draped in hues of Red, Black and white were the highlights of the show. Seen enjoying the ramp walk from the front rows were Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, IPL vice chairman Niranjan Shah,Daredevils Paul Collingwood,  AB de Villers, Ashish Nehra, among others.

Shiny disco balls:)
Dj Aqeel had the guests asking for more, when his tracks set the dance floor blazing. A good mix of Bollywood and Punjabi numbers amidst the ‘Signature IPL Trumpet’ had everyone shaking a leg. Having two left feet with such music being played is a thing of the past and a silly excuse, if I may say. Javagal Srinath made a rare and quick appearance, and was seen in some serious discussion with a few Delhi players and umpires. Talk of bringing work to party!:P

Javagal Srinath
But Umpire Daryl Harper certainly takes the prize for being the most cordial guest. Obliging fans and guests with pictures and autographs, sharing umpiring and his career tit bits with them and also learning a bit of hindi, he was having a good time indeed.  Surprisingly he remarked ‘Shabaash’ after having a brief tete-e-tete with me, for being an ardent cricket fan.

Daryl Harper with a guest.

Ashish Nehra
Saurabh Tiwary, Dwayne Bravo,  Star of the match Kieron Pollard,  Dhaval Kulkarni, JP Duminy made up for the Mumbai brigade and were seen enjoying the food and drinks. This party also had a houseful of MTV VJ’s who were having a great time interviewing the players , DJ Aqeel and Arjun Rampal.

Couple Capers- Arjun Rampal with Mehr