Three interesting men. One beautiful night. It doesn't happen often that I find three fascinating people to keep my mind engaged in a single evening. I lucked out at a very glam, very classy dinner at Juhu at a friend's palatial villa on the edge of the sea. This is a venue I have been coming to for over 20 years. I have been to several incredible homes all over the world and admired them whole heartedly. But the Godrej House remains my numero uno - very , very special. There is magic in the air, and nobody remains unaffected by it, no matter how often you've been wined and dined there. The moment you step onto those shampooed pebbles, glistening in the moonlight, and walk past the waterfall towards the glass dance floor , next to the pool, you know you have entered wonderland, where anything is possible. Not a single detail is ever out of place or forgotten. And each person is made to feel welcome . This is a major feat, given that the invitee list runs into 300 or more. Does it matter? Hey, come on, not when there is so much eye candy around.
Back to the men. It started with the host, Adi - a real, old -fashioned gentleman - and how fortunate is Parmesh ! Adi and I always end up talking philosophy. 'Are you an agnostic?" he asked last night. I need more than a glass of Moet Rose to answer that. We discussed belief and faith in the broadest sense, till we were joined by Karan Johar ( black sequins on his lapel - so rock star!), and Anil Kapoor. The topic switched to movies - what else? 'Slumdog', the Oscars and the two current 'talking point' films Dev D and Luck by Chance. Anil announced gleefully that all 9 kids from Slumdog were to attend the Oscar's . But of course. I told him to go ahead and hug Tom Cruise or any other movie star in his path - that's us. We are expressive, exhuberant and noisy. When happy, we give pyaar ki jhappies to strangers, foes, whoever. Why not? Anil is a straight forward, unpretentious guy. I like his spontaniety. Go for it, Anil. He mentioned Jemima Khan had sent him feelers to introduce her to Freida Pinto, as Jemima was keen to dress her for the Oscar's. Hmmm. Who isn't? Anil will be wearing a suit, possibly Armani. He isn't comfortable in Sherwanis and Bandgalas." I am Indian - I don't have to dress Indian to prove it, " he laughed. No argument! Karan and I can talk movies for hours and generally have a similar take on them. His reservations vis-a-vis 'Luck...' were the same as my own - whose film was it? Who is the narrator - Konkana or Farhan? Whose story do we follow?? Got back at an indecent hour.... but what the hell. What are sundays for if not to sleep it off??