Samarpan Maiti,a Scientist from Kolkata covered himself with glory while emerging triumphant in the prestigious Mr. Gay World India (‘MGWI’) 2018 Pageant which concluded with the Grand Finale being hosted at India’s No. 1 Night Club ‘Kitty Su’, The Lalit, Mumbai on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Samarpan, who is blessed with an innate earthy charm and an amiable disposition won three of the eight sub-awards to grab the coveted glittering Winners Trophy and earned the right to represent India at the Mr. Gay World 2018 Pageant scheduled to be held at Knysna in South Africa in May 2018.
Samarpan, who possesses a ripped body is a perfect combination of brain and brawn and he demonstrated that in equal measure while overcoming the challenge of his worthy rivals after two grueling days where the five enormously talented finalists exhibited their varied talents in the eight sub rounds which tested their all-around skills. He won the Mr. Photogenic, Sports Challenge, and The Panel Interview sub-awards and did consistently well in the other five sub rounds too. Ashish Chopra, who emerged 1St Runner Up won the Written Test and the Arts Challenge sub-awards and appeared to be a hot favorite with the packed Kitty Su audience rooting for him during the Grand Finale. Debendra Sanyal who won the 2nd Runner-Up Trophy was a front-runner too in what appeared to be a three-cornered contest for the Winner’s Crown. His immense popularity earned him the People’s Choice Award. Chirag Gosar, the relatively quiet one among the top five, deservingly won the Mr. Congeniality sub Award. Chirag finished fourth and Amitabh Das, who flew in from Sweden to be a part of the Pageant won the Social Media campaign sub-award and finished fifth.
Sushant Divgikar, the National Producer of MGWI and Director, South West Asia of MGW along with Assistant Managers of MGWI Darshil Sh (who specially flew down from Australia) and Sanket Sveronic worked untiringly to ensure the resounding success of this edition of the MGWI pageant which by far was the biggest and most well organized largely due to the generous benevolence of Mr. Keshav Suri, the dynamic Executive Director of The Lalit Hospitality Group and the unstinted support of the entire Staff of The Lalit, Mumbai, especially the team managing Kitty Su. The trio of Sushant, Darshil and Sanket actually burned the midnight oil to ensure that every aspect of the Pageant which included the preliminary/elimination round, the final rounds, coordination with the distinguished panel members/judges, liaison with the Hotel Management for conducting the various sub-rounds, organization of local transport, etc was accomplished with a degree of professionalism worthy of this fledging Pageant which is attracting wider participation and crowd patronage.
The Kitty Su Night Club was packed to its rafters during the Grand Finale which made the Event truly Special and worthy of all the glitz and glamour that is associated with such Pageants. The crowd was vociferous while cheering for their favorite contestant and were generally appreciative of every performance during the Grand Finale which culminated in the crowning of the MGWI Winner 2018. It was most heartening to see persons both from within the LGBTQI community and staunch allies turn up in large numbers for the Grand Finale notwithstanding the fact that there were a host of Events lined up for the day at various locations across Mumbai as part of the Pride Month Celebrations. Most of them hopped from Event to Event and finally showed up for the first Open Grand Finale of the MGWI Pageant to enlist their support and make it memorable.
The MGWI team collaborated with Sumit Pawar and team QKnit to put forth this wonderful event which was indeed a spectacle in every which way.
The distinguished band of Achievers who adorned the Panel Rounds and Grand Finale as Judges included some of the eminent Equal Rights Activists from within the LGBTQI community and ever supportive Allies from the World of Entertainment, News, and Glamour. The sub rounds were judged by Ms Dolly Thakore (renowned theatre, TV and film personality), Harrish Iyer (Equal Rights & Animal Welfare Activist and Columnist), Yogesh Pawar (Senior Journalist and staunch supporter of the LGBT movement), Pallav Patankar (Equal Rights Activist, Author and Crusader of the LGBTQ Movement), Maryjane Monika (celebrity fitness trainer and expert, aesthetic body builder & model), Shruta Rawat (LGBT Activist and Research Head at Humsafar Trust), Suveera Ambade (Fashion Designer and stylist), Kanchan Thakur (Journalist turned Fashion Designer and owner of label KAYTEE ), Darshan Mandhana (Winner of MGWI 2017 & HR Professional), Anuja Parikh (LGBT Activist and Businessperson), Diandra Soares (Reality tv star, International Model & Actor) & Sushant Divgikar (Winner of MGWI 2014, National Producer of MGWI, Singer and TV Host).
The Judges who illuminated the Grand Finale were Twinkle R Vasisht (TV Actor & Model), Anjusha Bhattacharyya (Model, Anchor & Miss India Tourism 2017), Viraf Patel (Grasim Mr. India 2005 and TV Actor), Natasha Suri (Miss World India 2006, TV Host & Actor), Sushant Divgikar ,Diandra Soares and Darshan Mandhana.
The Host for the Grand Finale was the effervescent and incredibly witty RJ Ro Hini Ramanathan who is the Queen of the FM airwaves in Mumbai as a Host of her extremely popular show on Radio Nasha 91.9 FM. Rohini ensured that the Contestants were relaxed all through the Grand Finale and entertained the packed audience with her wit and charm. Rohini is a strong Ally of the LGBTQI Community.
Thea Shroff another strong Ally of the LGBT Community and a fabulous singer/actor enthralled the audience with a power-packed rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’
Diandra Soares was presented with the MGWI Rainbow Ally Award for lending her continued support to the MGWI Pageant since its inception.
The entire LGBT community of India and MGWI, in particular, owe a collective debt of gratitude to the amazingly generous Keshav Suri for making the LGBT community a beneficiary of the Lalit Hospitality Group’s diversity and inclusivity program. He has personally driven and overseen the transformation and rise of Kitty Su as the country’s top Night Club Brand and has introduced LGBT friendly endeavors such as performances by legendary Drag Queens of international acclaim and through these efforts revolutionized the Drag Culture in India. All the Kitty Su outlets in India provide a safe haven and space for members of the LGBT community to socialize and organize LGBT friendly entertainment Events. Keshav’s unstinted support and unwavering commitment have been monumental and one of the principal reasons for the immensely successful conduct of the MGWI 2018 Pageant.
A big shout out to all the Allies and supporters who have stood rock solid behind the Rainbow Community in every endeavor they embark upon.
Indian film actress and producer Sridevi died in Dubai due to a cardiac arrest. The 54-year-old actress was in Dubai to attend nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding in Dubai with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi Kapoor.
Her sudden demise came as a stun to the Bollywood after which her fans gathered outside her residence in Lokhandwala, Andheri. Prime Minister gave his condolences on Twitter – “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace.”
She began her career as a child artist in ‘Thunaivan’ at the age of four. In the wake of featuring in different Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films, she made her Bollywood debut in ‘Julie’ in 1975. The actress gained fame after her fantastic work on-screen in films like Himmatwala, Mr. India, Laadla, Judaai and the list continues…
After a 15-year break from the industry, Sridevi made a comeback in 2012 with a Rs. 780 million grosser movie English Vinglish. She was last seen in her 300th film ‘Mom’ with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2013.
Disheartened by her demise, with a heavy heart, the LGBT community bids adieu to her soul. May heaven embrace her with loving arms.
Gay bombay has been organising parties since 1998 and support various causes through the funds raised at these parties . So enjoy an amazing party at an awesome venue . Here are the details.
Address – NEOS , Phoenix market city, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400072
Date – Saturday 24th Feb 18.
Time – 9 pm to 1.15 am.
Entry – Rs 800 before 10 PM and 1000 after 1p PM , includes drink coupons worth Rs 500
Please note that you must be above the age of 20 to attend GB parties. Please carry proof of age with you, such as driving license, college identity card.
No dark rooms and no sex and absolutely no drugs on the premises; if found indulging in any “hanky panky” you shall be asked to leave the party. Pls respect the safe space which is being provided.
Once entered you cannot leave the premises as crowding outside creates issues with the local authorities.
A special REQUEST: During and after the party please DO NOT gather outside the venue. The management has requested us to ensure that, in the middle of the night, the peace of the neighbourhood is not disturbed.
A few dos:
Club Wear Only. Dress to Kill
Have a smashing time.
Carry your Alcoholic Drinks Permit.
Rights of admission reserved. with www.gaybombay.org
For any Queries regarding GB Events or parties please message on GB Mobile number – +91 9870504010 . You can add this number on whatsapp for regular updates on events
Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival (KRPF) is an open collective of individuals, networks, and organizations, which believes that sexuality is a key element of human existence, fulfillment, and enjoyment. They hold that no individual, community or section of society should face stigma, discrimination or violence because of their gender and sexuality.
They are organizing a pre-Valentine’s fundraiser party to support the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk later in 2018. Here are the details
Name of the event: Sunday Night Queever Chapter 3 | Promise
Date: February 11, 2018, Sunday
Time: 6 PM to 12 AM
Venue: Masque Lounge and Bar, 3rd Floor, Silver Arcade, EM Bypass, Dhapa, Kolkata 700 015
Contact number: Souvik Som 9674099729
Entry: INR 400 from 6 PM to 7 PM under ‘Early Bird Offer’; from 7 PM onwards INR 500
Some rules –
- Entry fee timings are strictly enforced and will NOT be relaxed for anyone without exception.
- Drinks responsibly, as you’d have to return/drive after the party.
- Smoking on the dance-floor is PROHIBITED, if you must- there is a smoking room, please utilize that.
- You MUST be at least 18 years old to attend the party, we reserve the right to check your ID.
- NO photography without consent; you must seek permission of the organizers to cover the party floor and/or take permissions of those you’re clicking.
- Behave responsibly, any disruptive/indecent behavior will lead us to the organizers asking you to leave.
- NO drugs or illegal substances will be admitted inside the venue, if we learn of such possession, we will reject you from the party floor without refunds.
- Please take care of your valuables, we won’t take responsibility for loss or damage of your belongings.
Hope you guys have a fabulous time. Enjoy !!!
Whether you are looking for love or just want to have some fun.! Having a Twist on Cupid’s Classic Day by partying with un-attached friends, crushes or dates on this Valentine’s day with Rage by D’kloset.
Wear any of these colors depending on your relationship status.
Red: Relationship (taken)
White: Dating (still have a chance)
Black: Single (ready to mingle)
Special Drag Act Featuring:
Our International Guest, William Belli from Los Angeles, California – An American Actor, Drag Queen, Contestant on the 4th Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, His Famous Music Video Parodies “Chow Down” and “Boy is a Bottom”
The Most Talented and blessed with an Awesome Stage Presence Sushant Digvikar in his Fabulous Drag Avatar as Rani-Ko-He-Nur. Another Special Guest Performance by our very own Queen Maya, all the way from Bangalore. And none other than our very own Tropical Marca will Work.Play.Slay 💅🏼
Venue- Kitty Su The Lalit, Sahar Airport Road, Mumbai
Date- Wednesday 14th Feb 2018
Time- 9 PM to 3 AM
•Free Vodka Based Shots.
•Hot Sizzling Shower Boy in action, showing off his sensuous moves in the glass cubicle.
Add: Kitty Su Club, The Lalit Hotel, Near International Airport, Andheri-E, Mumbai
Send your name to the Registration List & they will get back to you with your confirmation number.
Contact Details: 09820319195
Notice:•Club Rules Apply.
•Credit Cards would be accepted.
•Dress to kill the dance floor.
•No Sleeveless, No Shorts allowed at the venue.