7 Places to sight a Bollywood Star
Cinema is India’s great social leveler: from the President right down to the cobbler, everyone loves a good film. In fact Mumbai boasts the largest movie industry in the world. Heroes drive around in flashy cars, oomphy actresses cavorts in its bitsy mini skirts and the poor boy always succeeds against the rich villain. Bollywood film stars are demi – gods and the reigning matinee idols and also a BIG tourist attraction. Every time I visit my home town my cousins would want to know which star I bumped into, if I have an autograph of Shahrukh Khan, if I have a picture with some etc etc. I always managed to disappoint them, not because I have not bumped into a Bollywood star but just that I am too embarrassed to approach them while they go about partying, shopping or eating (what ever they are doing).
I maybe a little timid to ask for an autograph but if you have the guts then here are 7 places I can guarantee that you are most likely to bump into a Bollywood star.
Siddhivinayak temple: The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesha. It is located in Prabhadevi,Dadar. This is one of the hot spots for Bollywood stars. Every Tuesday you are most likely to bump in to not one but a handful of Bollywood stars and many times the biggies like Bachchans, Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar, Rani Muherjee, Sanjay Dutt etc. Here the stars come to offer their prayers before a marriage in the family, before a film/music release, after a film release, before a court hearing, after serving sentence in jail. Whatever the occasion maybe, Siddhi Vinayak is Bollywood’s favourite God.
Recently, Amitabh Bachchan with his son Abhishek and wife Jaya Bachchan visited the temple by walking barefoot from his house at Juhu, about 15 Kms away. Sanjay Dutt, an actor embroiled into controversy by possession of an AK-47 rifle during the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993 also visited the temple and prayed to the lord for his acquittal in the TADA court case which might have implicated him for terrorism.
Most likely time of sighting: Tuesday early morning between 2am -5am or Tuesday late evenings.
Lokhandwala, Andheri: Lokhandwala Complex, also known as Lokhandwala is a large residential and commercial area in Andheri, Mumbai. It is located approx 5 kms from Andheri Station (Andheri (w)). The name ‘Lokhandwala’ refers to the construction firm Lokhandwala Constructions Pvt. Ltd. (www.lokhandwala.com) , who were the primary developers of the suburb of Versova which was basically a marshland. The official name for the area, Shri Swami Samartha Nagar, is less well known. This is the abode of struggling and the upcoming starts. Villains, Stepmoms, Sisters, Best friends of the heroes and heroines stay here in Lokhandwala.
Lokhandwala has transformed from a largely residential suburb to one of the busiest markets, boasting complexes like the Infiniti shopping mall, Citi Mall as well as Cinemax, Fame Adlabs and Fun Republic Multiplexes.There are numerous designer boutiques and jewellery/ shoe shops owned by yesteryear film stars, or wives/close relative of film stars.
Most likely time of sighting: Weekend evenings
Juhu Beach: This is were the rich and famouse like to sweat out their extra pounds and keep those curvatious body in shape. Many Bollywood stars own bungalows in Juhu, famously including Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri, as well as the Deols and numerous other stars and starlets. You will find the stars jogging with their oversized pedigree dogs along side and did I mention that they will also have a fleet of body gaurds sourrounding them.
Most likely time of sighting: Early mornings (Esp weekends)
Bandra: This is were the younger generation superstars like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Sanjay Dutt live. These stars can be found hanging around in the pubs/discs, coffee shops, restaurants in Bandra.
Most Likely time of sighting: Weekends/Evenings/Nights
J.W.Marriot: JW has this awesome Sunday lunch buffet for 1300/- per head. You will be feasting on some 60 plus variety of dishes which comprises of starters, main course, and desserts. You also get an additional bonanza of unlimited booze. Why am I talking about food?? Well here you will find may upcoming Bollywood celebrities licking their plate clean on Sunday afternoons
Most Likely time of sighting: Duh-ugh Sundays of course! You are likely to bump into at least one film start even on other days too.
Taj Hotel, Colaba: This is the pride of Mumbai and the rich and famous prefer to come and dine here all the way from back in the suburbs. Here is a tiny secret of Taj: Do you know that Superstars like Amitabh, Shahrukh have personalized cutleries with their names embossed on them?
Most Likely time of sighting: Any day any time.
Leelavati Hospital: Last but not the least the stars and their parivaar are treated here and here only exclusively. Here they have general ward, private ward and them there is VVIP ward which is for Bollywood big shots and politicians only. Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, John Abhraham are some who have made this an exclusive and unique destination for star sighting.
Most Likely time of sighting: As and when they/their family members fall ill.
Still if you havnt bumped into one bollywood start here is what I have found goofing around the net… Their residential addresses!!!!! Mind you I cant gaurentee you that all of them are the correct ones. Click here