Heiress and singer Ananya Birla shows off an Anjolie Ela Menon drawing on her shirt. Birla was at an art gallery in Worli yesterday, along with cricketer Kapil Dev, as part of a charity art auction

A material world

WHILE defying trends is his brand of fashion, Kolkata designer Kallol Datta has decided to venture into the art scape, too. Datta opens his first solo show today at one of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries, Experimenter, run by Priyanka and Prateek Raja. Titled Random Access, the exhibition examines the conceptual, material and spatial aspects of Datta’s design practice. For his show, the London’s Central St Martins’ graduate has gone even more experimental — he has used garbage bags as fabric, and has treated reclaimed silk and cotton. Those who have seen the work tell us that the pieces are as exquisite as his clothes. “Both Prateek and I have followed his work and his collection for years now. And this show is not about presenting him as a designer. His work is conceptually strong, and for us the show is very sculptural,” says Priyanka.

What’s brewing?

SANJAY Dutt’s party on Tuesday night was quite a revelation for us, if we may say so. An unusual guest was also present among the usual revellers like Bunty Walia and his wife. This was Abhishek Bachchan. The Bachchan family and Sanjay have been friends for decades, and there have also been rumours of Abhishek and Sanju tying up to produce a film. When Dutt came down to walk Abhishek out, both of them were in high spirits and shared a long hug. In Bollywood parlance, that’s often called sealing the deal.

For love or money

WE don’t want to be in Alia Bhatt’s shoes right now. Having it all does have its flipside. We hear Bhatt is in a bit of a quandary regarding her father’s production company’s newest film, ‘Aashiqui 3’. Alia greenlighted it, and so has her rumoured beau, Sidharth Malhotra. But it seems that Alia isn’t too keen on the film, especially since her next releases are ‘Gully Boys’ with Ranveer Singh, ‘Dragon’ with Ranbir Kapoor and her solo lead film, ‘Raazi’, directed by Meghana Gulzar. Perhaps, she is doing her ‘Aashiqui 3’ for sentimental reasons, or maybe she’s hoping to recreate the chemistry of their last hit ‘Kapoor & Sons’. Either way, she has all of 2018 to decide.

Second helping

THE city’s cognoscenti and gastronomes collectively mourned the closing of the legendary Samovar café at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 2015. Run by the late restaurateur Usha Khanna, a city institution in her own right, the café was as famous for its illustrious patrons such as Jaya Bachchan, Pritish Nandy, Dolly Thakore, Shyam Benegal, MF Husain and Kekoo Gandhy, as it was for its kheema paratha. Khanna and the Jehangir Art Gallery committee were locked in a legal tussle for years, and eventually the restaurant had to give up the space. Seems Khanna’s daughter Deveika Bhojwani has let bygones be bygones, and is looking to start the eatery once again. She is currently looking for a space for the restaurant’s second innings. “Nothing is finalised as yet. I hope something works out soon,” she told us, crossing her fingers.


THIS much-in-love actress and her long-time beau are now history. It seems their romance fell by the wayside, as she was hoping to marry him this year, but he has developed cold feet. So intense is their sparring, that the two coldshouldered each other at a recent party. In fact, the actress was even snubbed by her former beau’s family members, some of who she was rather chummy with only a couple of months ago. That’s the way the cookie crumbles, we guess.Read more at:formal dresses perth | formal dresses canberra

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