pride & prejudice → modern bollywood au:

For as long as anyone could remember, Mr. Batra was the property manager at the Swarn Mahal, the ancestral home of the illustrious Bajpai family. It was a plum job for a man with no personal wealth, a high-maintenance wife, and five daughters to raise, two of whom were now of marriageable age. Laila Batra (Anushka Sharma) and her elder sister Jia (Katrina Kaif) grew up in the lap of luxury, running the halls of the beautiful but crumbling palace. But as their mother always stressed, their situation was a precarious one: the Batras weren’t rich, and the girls needed to find well-to-do husbands in order to support the rest of their family.

This seemed an easy task for the beautiful, elegant Jia, whom everyone called the jewel of the Swarn Mahal; marriage seemed a less desirable prospect for Laila, whose headstrong and outspoken nature kept potential matches at bay. Truth be told, Laila didn’t mind. She was more interested in her studies, and in helping her father preserve the home she’d grown up in…the home that, as her mother frequently reminded her, wasn’t truly hers to begin with.

Then everything changed for the Batras when Ram Bajpai (Sidharth Malhotra), the scion of the Bajpai family, returned to India to reclaim his ancestral home. Ram was everything a mother could want for her daughter: handsome, amiable, and most importantly, rich beyond belief. And Ram and Jia seemed just as taken with each other as Mrs. Batra hoped they would be. But unfortunately for Laila, Ram didn’t return to India alone. He brought with him his business partner, Mr. Dubey (Fawad Khan), a snobby Londoner hellbent on turning the Swarn Mahal into a new-age resort, complete with swanky restaurants, nightclubs, and–in Laila’s opinion, anyway–no Indian culture whatsoever. For the sake of her sister’s happiness, Laila tries to get along with Mr. Dubey…no matter how pompous, sullen, and impolite she believes him to be. 

As Jia and Ram grow closer and the Batras are tasked with turning the Swarn Mahal into a five-star resort, Laila and Mr. Dubey find themselves thrown together time and again, until ever so slowly, their frequent verbal sparring becomes the highlight of each other’s day…not that they would ever admit that to anyone else, let alone themselves.

With the hotel’s opening day drawing near and the Batra family’s future on the line, will Laila and Mr. Dubey learn to work together…or will his pride and her prejudice bring the whole enterprise crashing down, and a possible future together along with it?

DAY 3284(i) Jalsa, Mumbai                  Mar 25,  2017                  Sat 11:44 am This is what I express in the early hours of my waking .. waking to discover the absence of the Blog for universal exhibition .. the absence of pushing the right buttons due to sleep induced, tablet incurred medication .. and on reading what has gone out as some utter rubbish .. !! It is embarrassing .. it is regrettable .. it is filled with hand folded apology .. and a desire to perhaps make amends by thei (i) posting to compensate for the utter not conscious bilge that you all have been subjected to .. including those pictures .. Actually, it was late .. which is nothing strange or new .. it is a natural phenomena with your Blogmaester .. blogmaester .. ha .. a new expression .. wonder what it means .. just came out .. hang on need to check with Googlistan  ..!! “Maesters, formally known as the Order of Maesters, are an order of scholars, healers, and learned men in the Seven Kingdoms. Due to their scientific and intellectual pursuits, they are sometimes referred to as "the knights of the mind". Maesters are scholars who act as physicians, tutors, and advisors to the noble houses of Westeros. Upon completion of his training, a Maester swears to serve the castle he is assigned to, whoever may hold the castle. Maester resembles the English word master in both form and meaning. The original meaning of the English word is "a male teacher or tutor," and one of the primary duties of a maester is to teach the children of the house.” And this explanation is bearing even greater embarrassment ..NO .. I am none of the above .. delete it from your minds .. remove .. just let it be .. was never even discussed or portrayed  .. Back to sanity .. So yes I won an award for the most stylish Star of the Millennium given by the HT organisation .. HT, Hindustan Times, the vast media empire owned by the Birla family, one of the respected strains of the Birla maester, Shri GD Birla, founder of this great business world, and managed and run by his grand daughter, Shobhana Bhartia, daughter of KK Birla, the son of GD Birla .. and dear family friends from the time of their association with Babuji, my Father .. the families also being very closely associated with cultural activities of the nation, with literature and poetry and the fine arts .. and their respect towards my Father and his works .. SO .. the award of the Millennium .. which is slightly incongruous .. a millennium is a 1000 years .. and the film industry is a 20th century phenomena .. for some one to have been a style candidate for this award would have had to be living for over a millennium, a 1000 years .. !! Now that is serious living .. and one that shall ever elude all of us .. ! So ha cum ..?? Well it is over and done .. thank you HT and thank you for the life you give me of a 1000 years .. and thank you mostly for giving me the utmost pleasure and joy of meeting and being in the company of the other members of the fraternity .. a rarity these days .. I mean , how often does one sit in close proximity with - Ajay Devgn, Kaajol, Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra, Karan Johar, Sushant Singh Rajput, Randhir Kapoor, Jeetendra, Ramesh Sippy, Parineeti Chopra, Varun Dhawan, John Abraham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Taapsee Pannu, Rani Mukherji Chopra, Asha Parekh, Manoj Bajpai, Jackie Shroff .. and I hope I have not missed any out .. a host of many more .. and within 10 feet of each other .. !! that is miraculous .. !! and a huge privilege .. !! And that is quit a hand full ... Amitabh Bachchan