MUMBAI: On Saturday night, Worli was the new Juhu as an army of Bollywood A-listers descended on the lawns of a plush 5-star property as Deepika Padukone raised a toast to herself.
The high of five straight blockbusters was reflected in Deepika’s golden Gucci gown. She walked in just before midnight with parents Ujjala and Prakash Padukone and immediately announced, “It’s a party not for me, but for the film fraternity who made this extraordinary year possible. I hope there aren’t many catfights inside.”
Vidhu Vinod Chopra and wife Anupama were the first guests to arrive.
Abhay Deol and girlfriend Preeti Desai were the centre of attention till Ranveer Singh entered wearing a rather flashy gold-embroidered tuxedo. Instantly, the press abandoned Abhay for some Ranveer Leela.
Fresh from his Paris sojourn, Sanjay Leela Bhansali walked in with Rohit Shetty, while Milan Luthria came face-to-face with Imran Khan and wife Avantika Malik.
Bipasha Basu, predictably arrived with beau Harman Baweja who was dumbstruck to be bombarded with questions about why he had disappeared from the big screen. Bips soon disappeared inside, alone!
Farah Khan chose gold too and unabashedly announced that her favorite Dippy act was undoubtedly Om Shanti Om. Karan Johar followed, solo, while Sooraj Barjatya made a rare appearance, but dashed off in a few minutes.
A drowsy Aamir Khan arrived at 1.30 am. Wife Kiran Rao said goodnight around 3 am, so did Gauri Khan. But their husbands, Shahrukh and Aamir, partied till morning. SRK got into his Mercedes with an unidentified woman around 5 am. Farhan Akhtar also left around 5.30 am, with wife Adhuna.
The interiors matched the gold-and-black theme with large candles on the walls. The menu was multi-cusine and a Dutch DJ played house music. However, the party really took off around 5 am when vintage Bollywood chartbusters started to play.
After attending to her guests all night, Deepika finally let her hair down and along with SRK, Farah, Alia Bhatt, Punit Malhotra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor danced to vintage hits like My Name is Lakhan, Ek Do Teen, Khaike Paan Banaraswala, Jumma Chumma De De and Mehbooba O Mehbooba.
Ranveer Singh was his usual boisterous self. A fellow partygoer complained, “He was over-energetic and after a point, it got a little annoying.”
Randeep Hooda hung out with Rahul Bose and after a while escorted inebriated female guests out to their cars. Shahid Kapoor too was a gallant knight on duty till he left with Shabina Khan.
Deepika, we were told, left around 7.30 am. Before that we caught an upcoming star who comes from a well-known film family and a sexy star wife known for her item numbers, exchange a lingering kiss, before she zoomed off to party at another night club and he went inside to discuss movies with his director friend. (Mumbai Mirror)
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