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Want to spot a star? Sumita Chakraborty tells you of all the star haunts in Mumbai where you’re sure to spot your fave star.
Psst… you’ve just landed in Mumbai or you’ve been in Mumbai for donkey’s of years and yet never spotted a star? …Really? You’re there right in the midst of Tinsel Town – Mumbai is the land of stars – so it is really surprising that you’ve never spotted a single filmstar. But don’t lose heart… We are here to ensure that you don’t leave the land of superstars without spotting one.
Welcome To Mumbai – Juhu Magic
They say any film buff who is in Mumbai, should land up at Juhu to take darshan of his fave superstar, the doyen of Hindi cinema – Amitabh Bachchan, In fact, if you are in Juhu, just ask the autowalla to take you to Amitabh Bachchan’s house, and sure enough, no directions are needed. You’ll land up at a bungalow with mammoth sized walls enclosed with a big gate manned by stern security guards. The bungalows name is ‘Jalsa’ and is the abode of the Bachchans. And once every day, the superstar does come out to his balcony to wave at his fans. Supposedly, it’s at 9 a.m. in the morning and at times, at about five or six in the evening. During his birthday or festivals, you’re sure to catch the entire family – wife Jaya, son Abhishek and his wife Aishwarya waving at the onlookers.
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Likewise, you can head to Bandra to a house called Mannat – again there’s no need to ask for direction, it’s a landmark by itself – and sure enough, you may get to spot the charismatic Shah Rukh Khan. Shah Rukh often steps out of his balcony to wave or send flying kisses to his fans. At times, he does come down and meet his fans especially during Idd or festivals but he is invariably accompanied by bodyguards. But he is said to be extremely warm and amiable and greets everybody with a lot of respect.
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Closer to his place, overlooking Bandstand, is an apartment called Galaxy Apartments. This is where the very popular Salman Khan resides. If you see a crowd outside his gates, know that the superstar is casually lounging on his balcony and people are jostling against each other to get a dekko of him. He is very often seen on his balcony accompanied by his family members – his brothers and sisters, and his bodyguard Shera.
Other than that, you can head off to the iconic Mehboob Studio (in Bandra), and you’re sure to spot many stars. Almost every day, there is a shoot and you’ll find the famous and many other known faces out there.
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If you belong to the older generation and you really want to spot Dilip Kumar, you can head to Pali hill, Unfortunately, his health is not too good but he does spend time on his balcony so you can get a glimpse of him.
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Another frequent haunt of the stars is the very iconic Prithvi Theatre. You’ll find a lot of stage and television actors frequenting this place. Sitting at the famous Prithvi café, you can even spot stars drinking Irish coffee at a seat near you.
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There is another popular haunt which is frequented by the likes of Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora, Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor and it is a restaurant called the Korner House in Bandra. This is supposedly also owned by Salman Khan, and you’ll find many stars here. But this place is practically haunted by these four best friends – Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora, Karishma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor – who tend to come here for some wine and gossip.
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Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are also big foodies so you’ll invariably see them trying out new high-end restaurants in and around Bandra. But the place they visit very often is again The Korner House. So also Dia Mirza and her husband Sahil.
Another popular place is Olive Bar and Kitchen – this place too is very popular with the stars.
Close to Juhu, JW Marriott is also one 5 star hotel that many stars go to. For business – in terms of interviews– for chilling out – you’ll find them at the coffee shop or the poolside restaurant.
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PVR Theatre is another place where a lot of previews take place. So you can spot any and everybody – from Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor to everybody.
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Another very popular haunt is Taj Landsend at Bandra. If you’re lucky you’re sure to spot Hrithik Roshan and his sons digging into a meal there or Shahrukh and l’il AbRam roaming freely all around.
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If you love TV, head without any doubt head to Filmcity. You’ll invariably bump into so many of your fave stars that you’ll wonder whether tellyland is actually Filmcity.
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…In Mumbai, it’s not difficult to bump into a star as there are so many premium stores and restaurant launches happening where invariably a star lands up to cut the red ribbon or be the chief guest. So if you are at the right place and the right time, it’s tough not to bump into a star. After all, Mumbai is the land of films, stars and glamour. So go ahead, pick the right place, and you’re sure to meet a star!