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RED-HOT 24TH NITE

Mood & music: “Where is the noise on the dance floor?” asked Suketu, the star DJ for the night. “Yeaahhhhh!” replied the party people, 3,000 and counting! That was the Christmas Eve story at The Tollygunge Club. Packed and pulsating.

While band Nu Identity set the stage for the night, DJ Suketu pumped it up with his mixed medley. “Loved it! This is the second time that I am playing over here. It just gets better every time. The only thing I feel bad about is that the time limit keeps going down and down!” smiled the Bin tere sanam man after a thumping performance. He spun everything from I Gotta Feeling to Munni badnaam hui. While Tere liye was his Christmas special, a Suketu session is incomplete without the remix that made him Suketu — Bin tere sanam — as the clock struck 1am. “It has to be a Katrina (Kaif) track after a Salman Khan song,” quipped the console king and the crowd erupted as Sheila ki jawani followed Character dheela.

Hands went up in the air two minutes to Christmas as The Tollygunge Club rang it in, singing and dancing. Some did a Gangnam to Senorita, while some tried fly-the-kite step with Angrezi beat and ball dance with Ooh la la!

DJ Ashish wrapped it up with Ishq tera tadpave, not before the crowd did some toko toko with Honey Bunny! For Rohan, who has been emceeing the party for the last six years, the inimitable “pulse and energy” are the two high points of Tolly.

And above ’em all, t2 was flying high in the Xmas sky! Thanks to helium, air and a secret solution that made Flogos (floating logos, silly!) — yes, that’s the t2 logo on the cover today!

She was wearing: Yes, there were shawls and woollens but outnumbering the safe-rather-than-sniffle gang was the bold-despite-brrrr brigade. So hemlines rose. And how! Black was the usual favourite. Dresses paired with stockings was the most popular look of the night. Some tried pink, white, red and even green. Stilettos beat boots and berets clicked with most.

He was wearing: Pretty women on his arm! Well, that was the best accessory they could sport, considering most played it by the rulebook… suits and jackets. Cowboy hat was the headgear for men.

Food & beverage: Scotch, vodka, beer… spirits flowed! As perfect accompaniments there was a lip-smacking menu including Murg Tangri Kebab, Murg Achari Tikka, Mutton Galouti Kebab and Paneer Achari Tikka.

Clubspeak: “Smashing! We had a record crowd… more than 3,000,” said A.R. Mukerji, the CEO of Tolly. So what makes Xmas Eve at the club such a superhit? “The ambience… the bamboo grove!” he smiled. His beat-the-chill mantra? “Spirits!” he laughed out loud.

Saionee Chakraborty

Pictures: Pabitra Das