Actor Pawan Shankar’s home

Actor Pawan Shankar’s home exudes elegance, with a mix of modernity and old world charm

    Actor Pawan Shankar’s home in Malad is cosy and artistically designed. The home has an earthy and warm ambiance and functionality is the key factor. The 3,000 sq ft spacious row house, has been designed by his wife Yukti, who is a designer and holds lifestyle exhibitions all over the country. “We shifted to Malad from Lokhandwala three years ago and are very happy here, as my sons have ample space to play here and enjoy the sun, breeze and greenery. Also, my wife works from home and she is also relaxed here with her office staff and home at the same place. We are very close to Infiniti Mall, so we get everything easily and we don’t need a car to go to a mall or theatre; we just have to walk for a few minutes,” says Shankar.
    The rustic elegance is highlighted by the use of the courtyard and ethnic décor. The courtyard has comfortable cane furniture, potted green plants and a swing. There are two doors, one that leads down to Yukti’s office and the other to the living room. The home has been designed as per Vastu Shastra. The entire house has a touch of brown, as the couple loves the feel of wood and it reminds them of their roots. “Wood is a natural element that instantly adds warmth to a home and reminds us of our home town. We have used a lot of wood as it looks classy. So, the furniture is all solid wood with basic lines,” Shankar adds. Antique wooden furniture like a rocking chair, adds richness and appeal to this home. Even the décor pieces like an old telephone instrument, glass lamps, tribal handicrafts and an antique Roman numeral wall clock are reminiscent of the bygone era.
    The living room has wooden flooring, intricately carved wooden design on the ceiling from Bangkok, an antique wooden centre table with brass picked up from an exhibition and a wooden bar from a showroom. The windows have brown wooden blinds that complement the furniture and the air conditioner’s pipes are cleverly concealed behind the sleeper wood on the wall. The antique, intricately carved wooden sofas are from Rajasthan and a huge painting is from Hyderabad. The ethnic touch is further enhanced with two jute stools and antique looking ceiling fans. One of the walls in the living room is adorned with brown and golden wallpaper. The cushion has digitally printed photographs of yesteryear’s heroine Madhubala. The living room has various artefacts like a wooden Buddha from Bangkok, three wooden African figurines and masks from south India. Ganesha and Buddha are omnipresent in this home. On every room’s door is a Ganesha idol. The bright entrance of the prayer room has a lovely frame, designed by Yukti herself with small pieces of fiber glass.
    On the ground floor is a dining room, living room, temple, kitchen and Yukti’s office. A few steps up is the guest room. It is simply put together, with a wooden wardrobe and the bed is comfortably functional. Further up are two bedrooms and a small den. The curved staircase, leading to the bedrooms upstairs, has been designed by the couple aesthetically, to occupy less space. The master bedroom has a semi-circular window and French windows with low seating. On the wall is a huge Buddha painting. There is also a walk-in closet near the bathroom, which has a huge bathtub. “We just love this window and enjoy the monsoon here with a cup of tea,” smiles Shankar.
    The kid’s room has a touch of red and is bright and colorful. The study table is red and white in colour. The room has a ceiling fan with Disney characters, a helicopter-shaped colourful hanging lamp and a wall, which the family has painted by using spray paints. A framed world map has a gold foil on it. In the lounge area outside the two bedrooms, is a mini-bar and a family photo corner. The steps from the bedroom lead to the low ceiling den, the family’s favourite relaxing zone, where the kids love to read or play board games. The tastefully done up interiors of Shankar’s home are indeed welcoming and comfortable. The home has an old warm old charm. “I always express my gratitude to God that he has blessed me with such a lovely home. I feel relaxed and chilled out when I am at home. It’s my own serene world to retire to after a day’s work,” he concludes.


QUICK BYTES
THE WINDOWS HAVE BROWN WOODEN BLINDS THAT COMPLEMENT THE FURNITURE.
THE LIVING ROOM HAS VARIOUS ARTEFACTS LIKE A WOODEN BUDDHA FROM BANGKOK, THREE WOODEN AFRICAN FIGURINES AND MASKS FROM SOUTH INDIA.