Woh…what’s happened to Deepika Padukone? Where did the washboard-ab and the toned body disappear? I mean I was aghast to see Deepika Padukone in her new voluptuous form at the IPL 6 opening ceremony. Even last night post KKR’s win over DD at IPL 6 opening match, Deepika’s thighs looked big when she walked along with Shahrukh Khan in the stadium. Has she put on bulk for Chennai Express? Down-south actresses with meat are preferred. They like their leading ladies to be buxom and bootilicious and yes they have a thing for thunderous-thighs.
Katrina Kaif looked pretty toned though but hey the pleasant surprise came from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. In this picture taken after AB Baby and Ash landed at Vancouver for TOIFA she looks pretty slim.
Well less said about Mozez Singh, the better it is. I have known Reshma Shetty professionally. She is a no non-nonsense lady who wouldn’t have fueled a rumour if it didn’t happen. On the other hand Mozez Singh, a one-time producer of a dud movie and a social butterfly has a track record of misbehaving at parties.
In the past Mozez Singh did something similar at Shahrukh Khan’s party and was thrown out from there. And just last month in Delhi at Niamat and Sanjit Bakshi’s anniversary party, Mozez reportedly misbehaved with dozen of guests. Since it was his sister and brother-in-law’s (Niamat and Sanjit) party he wasn’t thrown out but Mozez definitely was the night’s irritant that bothered many guests.
So I have no doubt in believing that Mozez was behaving like an ‘ass’ at Anu and Sunny Dewan’s Christmas bash. I am sure he will be taken off the party guest lists soon and Mumbai definitely won’t miss a thing by his absence. Mozez’s behaviour is not fueled by alcohol but because of some other ‘shit’ and that’s when his frustration pours out.
The Private Equity (PE) arm of Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton – L Capital with Ravi Thakran at the helm of affairs gave a lot of hope to the Indian Fashion Fraternity to see ‘corporatisation’ of Indian Fashion Industry. Ravi Thakran being an Indian led the Desi fash-frat to unjustifiably believe that L Capital with a corpus fund of $ 650 Million would really see some huge investment in Indian Designer Labels. But as I mentioned – it was an‘unjustifiable’ expectation.
L Capital heavily invested in Genesis Luxury and took 25.5% stake in the company. Here I must say that Sanjay Kapoor of Genesis Luxury who is a former banker must have used his financial expertise to secure that huge chunk of investment from L Capital. Other brand where L Capital picked up stakes was Fabindia – L Capital holds 8% stake.
Finally L Capital turned its focus to the niche segment of Indian designer-wear. The reports of L Capital investing in Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi Mukherjee and in multi-designer retail chain – Evoluzione still stands unconfirmed. The talks are in final stages is what we still hear. This news sparked off various unconfirmed reports that Sabyasachi’s brand has been valued much higher than that of Rohit Bal’s and why Evoluzione and why not Ensemble. Ravi Thakran and Rohit Bal are old friends and when Thakran was heading Omega Watches, he sponsored a grand show of Bal’s at the American Ambassador’s (The Lundquists!) residence where Shahrukh Khan was the show-stopper. Murmurs of L Capital investing in Rohit Bal because Thakran and Bal are buddies had been floating but I personally discount it as gossip as PE firm of L Capital’s stature don’t do business on the basis of friendship. Gossip on why Evoluzione and why not Ensemble has many conspiracy theories.
But it’s high time L Capital comes out with a status report on what’s happening with the investments in Rohit Bal, Sabysachi Mukherjee and Evoluzione. Also how significant is the news that L Capital is planning to replicate the LVMH model in India? This is what I am reading - “Along with consolidating their separate labels under a single corporate structure, each of them will get a chance to scale up and reach domestic as well as global markets. L Capital plans to invest close to Rs 200 crores in the venture, which is being planned as a company that will own significant minority stakes in the design houses of these well-known designers and will forge a joint venture with Evoluzione for back-end distribution business. Gradually, more known designers will be brought on board to expand the business horizons.” Well if this happens I feel it is something the Indian designers always needed and it will definitely be an impetus to the desi designers. If LVMH-type structure comes up in India, it would definitely assist in consolidating and projecting Indian fashion to the world, besides helping brands with marketing, retailing and identifying suitable real estate to increase scale, pare costs, improve operating efficiency and boost profits.
Sharukh Khan slapping Shirish Kunder, husband of almost two decade old SRK’s friend Farah Khan has literally gone viral. There is no doubt about the fact that SRK did give a tight-one on Shirish’s cheek but am not sure wether he was provoked to slap Kunder or not. I was amazed by the report that even Sanjay Dutt gave a tight-one to Shirish Kunder because Kunder had been sending lewd messgaes to Manyata. If that is true why the hell was Shirish Kunder on Sanjay Dutt’s guestlist? Would you invite the person who sends dirty messages to your wife to your party??? I won’t!
Anyways I feel SRK shouldn’t have gone ‘physical’. Stardom is a double-edged sword and a wee-bit Tweet shouldn’t have ruffled Badshah Khan to that extent that he gets physical with Shirish Kunder. SRK’s humility was one of the most loved aspect of him but sorry to say – lately I see SRK losing that humility and showing his ugly arrogant side. His constant jabs on Salman Khan, his tiff with Juhi Chawla for totally ignoring her comatose brother – Bobby, one of the brains behind Ra-One while promoting the movie, his jibes on critics who didn’t have good things to write about Ra-One, his temper flaring everytime a scribe asked him on his relation with Priyanka Chopra and his tiff (though temporary) with Mehr Jessia Rampal because she complained about Arjun Rampal not getting his due credit for Ra-One. It is like if you utter a word against SRK and you face his wrath. This is not how a superstar behaves.
And i wonder why the ‘slapgate’ happened in the loo area. I am sure you know what I am hinting at. Was it the surge of dopamine post the visit to the ‘Powder Room’ that made SRK slap Shirish Kunder??? Shahrukh Khan we loved your humble approach and it is one of the prime factors that has made you King Khan or whatever you love to call yourself. Take criticism in your strides and that is what is expected out of superstars.
Folks sorry for the delay in coming out with the LISTS. I was waiting to get the names tabulated from the huge number of recommendations that I received from the readers. The LIST is compiled based on the responses I received from the readers so as to eliminate any bias.
First of all let me define a ‘Henpecked Husband’. A typical Henpecked Husband is the poor guy; he squirms under the thumb of a domineering wife, very likely a Grande Dame. Her word is law, and he can only obey, with a meek and humble, “Yes, dear.” We laugh at his misfortune, and maybe pity him a little. So based on this definition who are the Top Henpecked Husbands of 2011?
Robbie Mohan is married to Tanisha Mohan, who is a walking-talking billboard of Luxury Brands. Tanisha definitely wears the pants in the Mohan household and we have often seen Robbie meekly surrendering to his wife’s demands. It is a common sight at Page 3 parties where you can find Robbie holding on to Tanisha’s designer bag and her drink as she floats around schmoozing the crowd. High time Robbie takes things in his hands and stop being enslaved by his better-half.
Amit Burman who runs a chain of succesful restaurants and also is the scion of the Dabur Group is in total control when it comes to running his vast business empire. At home Amit plays the second fiddle to his demanding wife, Divya Burman.
The names topping from Mumbai are that of Adi Godrej and Shahrukh Khan.
Adi Godrej of Godrej Industries may be the boss-man at his office but back home it is his wife , Parmeshwar Godrej who calls the shots. I still couldn’t get over the image of Adi holding on to the umbrella and Parmeshwar’s clutch as they walked in to the premier of Robot when it was pouring cats and dogs. From the readers I have learnt that Pam’s word is law at the Godrej household and poor Adi has to fall in the line to whatever Parmeshwar decides.
Most readers of this Blog claim that Shahrukh Khan is the most henpecked husband in the history of India. Gauri wears the pants and pockets all the money that SRK rakes in. In an interview SRK said that Gauri loves to buy things and if anything gets “used” at all she marches out an buys another expensive item right away and tosses the old one, and does this many times daily. No wonder SRK is always in a rush to make money and more money and probably that’ s the reason why he dances at weddings. Even with the Priyanka Chopra episode, Gauri gave an utlimatum to Shahrukh to stay away from her. In fact Gauri had the last laugh by inviting Priyanka to the Diwali bash and then ensuring nobody talked to her. Poor SRK was just a meek audience to all this tamasha.
The other close contenders to the Top Henpecked Husbands of 2011 were Sanjay and Shalini Passi, Arjun Rampal and Raj Kundra. I am sure you don’t need explanations for them! Sanjay Passi has no qualms of Shalini being linked up with other men. Mehr Jessia Rampal almost ruined Arjun Rampal’s friendship with SRK by openly voicing her discontent on how Arjun’s role in Ra-One was chopped by Shahrukh Khan. About Raj Kundra, well Shilpa Shetty will soon make Raj go bankrupt.