Nita Ambani Opens Up (A Little) About Antilia
We’ve noted before that one of our favourite parlour games is to debate the veracity of rumours floating around Antilia, the Ambanis’ behemoth of a building on Altamount Road. Among the many speculations are that it might be as large as Versailles, has floating pools and temples, and enough staff to service the whole of Malabar Hill. The Ambanis have been notoriously reticent about confirming or denying details of their cosy abode, something no publication has been able to get them to do, except until now. US magazine Vanity Fair’s June issue profiles Nita Ambani, or “corporate India’s first lady” as she is apparently known, and says they’ve finally gotten her to open up about Antilia, with pictures to boot. While the Vanity Fair website has only an excerpt and two measly pics of the sari-decked missus swaying on Antilia’s terrace, the full article does dish considerable more detail than anyone else has gotten before.
For a start, the largely gushy piece, which says Nita Ambani is now the more glamourous of the two Ambani daughters-in-law post weight-loss, is mostly a profile of her business and philanthropic endeavours and how she came to be Mrs. Mukesh Ambani. “Nuclear-treaty-level negotiations” for the interview and photo shoot, however, did result in a few scant revelations, like for instance: the Ambanis have indeed moved in; the house really is every bit as pimped out as you’d imagine (expansive views of the sea, a seemingly maidan-sized ceiling installation); the all-veg household offers its guests the option of only wine during cocktail hour (meals are alcohol-free). Perplexingly, the mag is asked not to disclose the location of the photo shoot, even though it’s quite obviously one of the garden terraces at Antilia. And for those who wonder if the Ambanis are ever able to invoke their once-humble beginnings, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra attests that the billionaire family is not above taking in a film (and buying popcorn!) at a public cinema (even if said trip first involved flying to London for one of their kids’ birthdays).
The Talk of Mumbai [Vanity Fair]Tags: Antilia, Antilla, Mukesh Ambani, Nita Ambani, Vanity Fair