A Bollywood film was launched at the Raj Bhavan, marking perhaps the first time that the Maharashtra governor's mansion was playing host to such a showbiz event.
"I had planned to host the mahurat (launch) at a five-star hotel, but when I met Governor Mohammed Fazal with an invitation, he insisted that because of the inclement weather it would be better if it was held at the Raj Bhavan instead of travelling all the way to the venue," said "Brides Wanted" producer Bala Giri.
"I had expected a lot of film personalities and political bigwigs to attend, but they failed to turn up," he said.
Even a press conference marking the launch Friday evening had to be cancelled in the absence of leading actors like Girish Karnad and Waheeda Rahman. Even Anuj Sawhney could not make it since he was abroad.
Channel V VJ Sarah Jane, who plays a tomboy in the film, reached only after the event was over. She looked glamorous. But what a waste, with the media having left by then!
"Brides Wanted" also features theatre actress Ruby Chakravarthy in a laudable performance.
The only Bollywood star present was Gracy Singh. She badly needs a dress designer as dressed in a yellow salwar suit, she looked too plain for a Bollywood function. Otherwise, she could have made a killing since none of the stars was present.
Apart from rushes of the bilingual (Hindi/English) "Brides Wanted", "Tere Bin", "White Land" and "Kisse Pyar Karoon?" were also screened.
Though there were no mahurat shots, the launch was marked by the breaking of coconuts that is considered auspicious. Member of Parliament Gurudas Kamat and Mumbai Nationalist Congress Party chief Sachin Ahir were present on the occasion.
Daboo Mallik rendered lilting songs with 'Aaika Dajiba' girl Vaishali Sawant joining him for the national anthem.
The event was hosted by Divya Dutta.
The 150-year-old Raj Bhavan is one of the most beautiful buildings in Mumbai. It is built on about 50 acres of land, surrounded by the sea on three sides.
The complex at Malabar Hill has trees, a beach and several lush lawns over an area of some 1.5 km.