Everyone who is anyone in Bollywood was at Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta’s big birthday party last night – the party was hosted by Dharma boss Karan Johar and the guest list was suitably starry. Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal thrilled photographers with a PDA; Alia Bhatt looked like a dream just like Ananya Panday; Aryan Khan appeared again, the last of many; and Karan Johar shared a moment with Kajol, a friend who became an enemy and became a friend. There are some notable absences – Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan are filming Pathaan in Spain, Kareena Kapoor is on vacation with sister Karisma, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan are also on vacation. However, those who made it pulled up the very best party faces.
Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif both wore mini dresses – Alia in a floral print, Katrina stuck to solid blue.
Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal, just like that forever.
Ananya Panday and Janhvi Kapoor chose high-octane dresses – Ananya’s was a sheer affair with corsets, Janhvi’s was heavy with shine. Shanaya Kapoor, who becomes the latest debutante in the Dharma block with the work-in-progress Bedhadak, was sharp in a white pantsuit.
Aryan Khan, seen everywhere lately, showed up with mom Gauri Khan.
Kajol posed in a black dress. She was drawn in for a hug and kiss on the cheek by Karan Johar, who detailed their infamous breakup in his autobiography several years ago.
The Bachchans were represented by Shweta and daughter Navya Naveli Nanda who attended with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar. Maheep Kapoor (Shanaya’s mother), Bhavana Pandey (Ananya’s mother), Seema Khan and Neelam Soni – stars of Dharma’s Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives – posed together.
Parineeti Chopra, Tara Sutaria, Mrunal Thakur dressed in their very best.
Less impressive were the fashion choices of Sharvari Wagh and Nushrratt Bharuccha.
The competition of extraordinary gentleman included Vijay Deverakonda, Arjun Kapoor, Ananya Panday’s rumored friend Ishaan Khatter, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani.
Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter may not have made a few entries but several others have – Madhuri Dixit and Sriram Nene, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi, Adar and Natasha Poonawalla (Natasha was on vacation with Kareena and Karisma and obviously flew back for the party ) and Raku Preet Singh with boyfriend Jackky Bhagnani.
Karan Johar also posed with the man of the moment, Apoorva Mehta.
Everyone was clearly having a good time.