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Quirk Quotient

Costumes and props turn weekend parties into fun times to break free and slip into roles.

Costumes and props turn weekend parties into fun times to break free and slip into roles.

Flaunting green pants and an off-white shirt,25-year-old Saurabh Puri is ready to paint the town red on a Saturday night. He is about to leave home,but stops short as he remembers what he has left behind on the sofa — a red cowboy hat to complete the outfit and add quirk to the weekend party. “It’s all about letting loose and having fun. I wear this hat to justify that idea. I have to be dressed in crisp formal clothes all through the week,during the weekend I can be as quirky as I want,” says Puri,a city-based software engineer.

Come weekend and youngsters in the city are ready to put on attention-grabbing gear and head out for fun times. Picking up the vibe,clubs and pubs across the city are hosting theme parties to keep up with the enthusiasm of the young crowd.

The recently-organised Harlem Shake at High Spirits,Koregaon Park,that saw over a hundred people dressed in funky (and funny) costumes is good proof of the trend. Many in the crowd were also equipped with props one would never really think of taking to a pub,like teddy bears. “There was something wrong with my car so I had to take a rickshaw to High Spirits for the Harlem Shake. I was wearing a ghost costume and carrying a mask in my hand. As the rickshaw stopped at a traffic signal,I leaned over and saw two girls dressed in catsuits and shutter shades. We exchanged knowing smiles. Neither of us were awkward in our costumes,” says 24-year-old IT professional Siddharth Baid.

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Destiny of Sounds,that organised the Mad Hatters’ Party on April Fool’s Day last year,was taken by surprise at the number of people who were good sports. They are going to host the party’s second edition at One Lounge on March 31. “The party is themed Alice in Wonderland and to enter it one needs to come equipped with suitable (read quirky) headgear,” says Vinay Pawar,owner of the event management company. This year,quirky hats will be given out to people who drop in without headgear and refuse to buy one from the hats stall at the venue.

Those at PenthouzeKoregaon Park,also swear that their regulars are high on the quirk quotient. “The crowd in Pune is very open to the idea of costume or theme parties. Even at regular parties on weekends,we have guests who like to stand out,” says the manager,Jon Evangelos.

Even private parties are going the costumed way. DJ Abhishek Mantri,who celebrates his birthday on March 24,likes to set interesting themes for his bash every year because he thinks it adds excitement. “In 2011,the party was themed around Hollywood and guests came dressed as stars from different era’s of Hollywood. Last year’s theme was James Bond. People just look for opportunities to put on a costume and play the role of something or someone else,” says Mantri,who is looking for something over the top for this year’s party.