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LIGHTS, CURRY, action. Sounds like the mahurat of a movie. Sorry, it is about a theme restaurant Filmi Masala, recently opened at DT Mall, Gurgaon.


As the name suggests, the restaurant is based on the Bollywood theme. The name, logo, dιcor, menu and music, all reflect the flavour of Hindi films. The interior is done in bright hues. The walls carry images from films with a tongue-in-cheek twist. Bollywood actresses and blurbs sparkle amidst a profusion of gaudy drapes and blinds. The black and white Italian terrazzo splashed with bursts of flowers complement the walls. The table surfaces are glossy red melamine matched with chairs upholstered in shot silk. The circular and focus beams of light are in harmony with the interiors.

The closely packed seating arrangement can prove to be entertaining. Everything from the spicy feud between young couples to the latest in the film industry can be overheard. Beware! This may apply to you too. The long-collared shirts, cravats and baggy pants of the waiters reflect the signature style of evergreen Dev Anand. The menu reflects the pan-Indian delights. The menu loosely resembles the clapboard. It incorporates popular descriptions from the films in the titles. Filmi Masala culinary creations claim to provide a surprise twist. The food includes Jhinga La La (prawns soaked in saffron marinade and roasted in a tandoor), Hare Rama Hare Krishna (palak kababs spiced with ground cumin and coriander) and Big B (whole spring chicken cooked in fresh tomato and butter masala), to name a few. The restaurant declares olive oil as the cooking medium. A lot of attention has been paid to the presentation and dressing of the delights. However, the film titles fail to click at the desserts box office. Gulabo (gulab jamun) needs to be a bit softer. Ek Bar Phirni (Kashmiri phirni) is a better option. Nevertheless, munch on the movies at Filmi Masala.

SHALINI JHA

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