Mannat — the almost unreal rendition of a quintessential palace, is surrounded with fans from all over the country, just to catch a fleeting glimpse of the nation's heartthrob, none other than Shah Rukh Khan.
Located in Lands End, Bandstand with a breathtaking view of the sea, the spectacular abode of one of the biggest celebs of the country is every bit luxurious as one could imagine it to be.
Interestingly, Mannat was not constructed at the lavish open space by SRK himself, it was indeed a legacy house that originally belonged to a Gujarati man, who was once SRK's neighbour. When Shah Rukh had his heart set on the house which was then called 'Villa Vienna', he decided to meet the then owner, Nariman Dubash. After a lot of persistent convincing, SRK managed to get the house for approx Rs. 13.32 cr at that time, a value which has now shot up to Rs. 200 cr!
Some interesting trivia on this magical home...
1. The REAL reason why Mannat was purchased
This may come as a surprise, but Shah Rukh wanted an exclusive prayer room, which is why he wanted to build a house on his own terms, the land of opportunities—Mumbai. He has even quoted that, "Even if I was broke one day, I would sell everything, but not Mannat."
2. An architecture that will make your jaw drop.
Exquisite Italian architecture, and intricate neo-classical elements to boast of—the interiors of the house are the perfect blend of modern and stylish, adorned with curios and objects of art from around the world! The multi-storey ed building has two living rooms connected by a system of elevators, which is tastefully done up with paintings by M.F Hussain, antiques and other valuables. Not only that, the house has an entire floor dedicated to a playroom for his kids, a library, a private bar, and an entertainment centre!
3. Luxurious amenities present besides the obvious BHK!
The palatial building has a second wing which hosts a posh lounge area for story sittings, a kitchen that could make the best chefs of the world drool, and a series of offices and studios where the mega-star works. Fun fact: SRK and Gauri wanted a boxing ring, a table tennis table, and a lavish pool area. They included everything, that's a no-brainer. When you're rich AF, why make compromises rigghhhttt?
4. World Rank
Not only is the mansion the most sought after 'dream home' in India, it ranks 10th in the list of top houses in the world. Woah!
5. The story behind the name 'Mannat'
When Shah Rukh was finally able to buy his dream house, Villa Vienna—he had thought of calling it Jannat. But, no sooner did he buy the house than all his wishes started coming true, and his career hit an all-time high. So he changed his mind, and ended up naming it—Mannat. Aww.
6. The number of people that the villa can actually host.
Average size of a house in a rural area is 494 sq.ft, which implies 103 sq.ft per person. For urban area, it is 504 sq. ft., which is 117 sq. ft. per person. If we calculate, approximately such 225 people can reside in Mannat alone! Talk about frustrated homeless dwellers.
7. When the coffee-table is decorated with a shoe. Wait, What?
A die-hard Tom Dixon fan, and one can safely say he is her biggest inspiration which makes her one of the finest interior designers of the country. Her boundless love, made her display the brand's iconic shoe at the coffee table in her 'humble abode'!
Source: Mind The News