What To Catch At The Wassup! Andheri Festival

March 16, 2012 4:18 pm by

Aurus chef Vicky Ratnani.

Mumbai’s most populous suburb is best known for its round-the-clock traffic snarls and for being home to an inordinate number of struggling actors/models who, if they’re lucky, become soap stars. As the city’s restauranteurs and retail outlets know however, you can love or hate Andheri but you can’t ignore it. Ergo, Wassup! Andheri, a weekend-long cultural festival that seeks to celebrate the fact that the suburb is the “entertainment hub” of our city. Not suprisingly, film and TV-related events dominate the festival, which begins today Friday, March 16. The pick of today, for instance, is a performance, at 7.50pm, by the Firoz Shaikh Dance Troupe aka the 2010 winners of the reality TV talent show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (see a clip here). All events are free and will take place at the Lokhandwala Grounds. Here’s what we think might be worth checking out:

Home chef Sultana Kulkarni will conduct a cooking workshop for kids, where they will get a chance to make chocolates, cupcakes and chocolate lollipops, in different batches that will be held from 10am to 7pm. For the adults, Aurus head chef Vicky Ratnani will conduct a cooking demonstration, from 1pm to 2.30pm, where he will talk about the use of seasonal fruits such as papaya, watermelon, mangoes and strawberries, in everyday cooking, and will then prepare summer salads and cold soups using these fruits. Celebrity make-up artist Marvie Beck, who has worked with a number of Bollywood stars, will demonstrate how to “transform girls into divas” at 5pm. Playback singer and rapper Url, who has appeared on Hindi film soundtracks such as Partner and Kaminey, will perform at 7.40pm, while Illuminati, the act that won the first season of reality TV talent show India’s Got Talent, will be among the many dance troupes that will perform between 8pm and 9.30pm (see a clip of theirs here).

In case you can’t make it for home chef Sultana Kulkarni’s cooking workshop for kids on Saturday, she will conduct it again on Sunday, in different batches that will be held from 10am to 7pm. At 1pm, Ajay Chopra, the executive chef at The Westin Mumbai Garden City in Goregaon, will try and simplify molecular gastronomy at his workshop on the science of food and modern cooking, during which he will prepare a fruit chaat using a vacuum sealed bag. Irshad Kamil, the lyricist who has written songs for the Hindi films Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar, will stage a poetry recital at 5pm. Karan Talwar and Varun Thakur of the improv comedy troupe Schitzengiggles will perform sketches, with a little help from the audience, at 6.30pm. Bosco and Caesar, one of the most popular choreographers working in Bollywood today (their most recent work includes “Senorita” from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) will take the stage at 8pm for the Wassup! dance finale.