INSIDE LOOK: Bollywood’s Diwali Celebrations
MUMBAI: Diwali was a festive time indeed for our Bollywood stars. The film fraternity gathered together to celebrate the festival of lights, albeit in their own filmy style!
Among the many Diwali parties hosted by our superstars, the biggest and most starry affair was undoubtedly the one hosted by the Shehenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan himself. The Bachchan Diwali bash saw the who’s-who of the Indian film industry trickling in to celebrate the festive night.
The biggest names were in full attendance at a stunningly decorated and festive looking Bachchan bungalow. Shah Rukh Khan, looking dapper in a crisp black suit, was seen chatting the night away with the hosts Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who were both clad in traditional Indian attire.
The party was extra special as it was their daughter ‘Beti B’ Aaradhya’s first Diwali with the family!
Also spotted at the Bachchan residence were Farhan Akthar, still in his lean and bearded ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ look, Kangna Ranaut, Farah Khan, Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham (both gave the traditional Indian wear a skip and showed up in casual tees and jeans!), next gen superstars Arjun Kapoor and Siddharth Malhotra, veteran actor and Bombay’s export to Hollywood Anil Kapoor with fashionista daughter Sonam, Bipasha Basu looking stunning in a pink sari with designer friend Rocky S, Saif’s ex wife Amrita Singh.
We also caught a glimpse of a yummy looking Kunal Kapoor fresh off the success of ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’, superman Akshay Kumar, Ekta Kapoor with her protégé Prachi Desai, ace designer Manish Malhotra, Kirron Kher, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor (looking the cutest in matching white and gold outfits), Sonali Bendre with husband.
The host for the evening, megastar Amitabh Bachchan looked like a jovial Santa Claus in a bright red kurta, and the family was seen personally greeting and attending to all the guests. The couple even escorted out their guests at the end of the fun-filled Diwali bonanza bash.
Seen at Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s large Diwali party were some party hoppers, who had come straight from the Bachchan bash. Arjun Rampal and Mehr Jessia struck a pose outside Shilpa’s party venue; and were seen with Arbaaz Khan, Zayed Khan, Manish Malhotra with Nandita Mahtani and Tusshar, Raveena Tandon, Shahid Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Preity Zinta looking pretty in pink, Sophie Chaudhry and Sanjay Kapoor.
Asin too put in an appearance, along with Chunkey Pandey and his wife. The party was an all night affair, with superstar Shah Rukh Khan arriving in the wee hours of the morning, at 6.30 a.m., and was the last reveler to leave the star-studded bash.
The skies were set on fire with the bursting of Diwali crackers and yet another Bollywood party. TV czarina Ekta Kapoor hosted a grand Diwali bash for her friends from the industry, with cards on at full swing and people making a lot of money that night!
Ekta’s close friends from Bollywood- Karan Johar, Imran Khan with wife, Manish Malhotra, Mushtaq Sheikh and Shilpa Shetty with husband Kundra were the guests of honour. Hot ladies Sunny Leone, Huma Qureshi, Ameesha Patel and Mandira Bedi were spotted at this do. TV stars like Karanvir, Natasha Sharma, Shabbir Ahluwahlia, and Rohit Roy were representing the television fraternity.
Another Diwali themed event held recently in B’town, though not a party was the unveiling of the Diwali lanterns by ‘Son of Sardaar’ stars Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha. The duo created a masti filled environment in Mumbai recently, with full-on Sardar style celebrations with bhangra et al. The lovely Diwali lanterns were revealed and were on display for appreciative Diwali revelers to enjoy!