EXCLUSIVE INSIDE PHOTOS! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s amfAR Gala

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Last night, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai was treated to an event like never before. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, along with husband Abhishek Bachchan and Hollywood diva Sharon Stone, hosted an event for amFar (The Foundation for AIDS Research), which was attended by Mumbai’s glittering swish set.

The inaugural amFar India event featured an exclusive cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and world-class entertainment, including a special live performance by American pop artist Ke$ha. Among the distinguished guests, here’s a lowdown of the who’s who who made it to the event.

American ace designer and Chairman of amFar Kenneth Cole looked dapper in a black tuxedo. Host Abhishek Bachchan matched him pitch for pitch, in an equally suave black suit. His wife Aishwarya, on the other hand, kept it simple and traditional in a white and gold Abu Jani- Sandeep Khosla creation.

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Hostess with mostest Sharon Stone showed off her sexy figure in a simple black one-shoulder gown, with a thigh high slit. Walking the carpet with her was Hollywood’s Million Dollar Baby aka Hilary Swank, also in a black evening gown. Tres chic!

Performer Ke$ha went Lady Gaga-esque bold, in an LBD, and smoky eye makeup and an outlandish headpiece.

This exclusive, high-profile event was also attended by Bollywood’s most fabulous. Dimple Kapadia (elegant in a colourful Kanjivaram: maybe she hadn’t received the memo stating it was a “black-tie” event), industrialist and society queen Nita Ambani (gorgeous in an all-black and gold brocade Indian ensemble), Nargis Fakhri, Lisa Haydon, Sophie Choudry, Shazahn Padamsee made their presence felt.

Fearless columnist Shobhaa De with her husband Dilip De kept Sharon Stone company on the red carpet, while Abhishek and Aishwarya spoke with the press about the event, and about amFar. Keeping model company were famed Indian couturier Tarun Tahiliani and Anaita Adajania.