Aamir Khan’s Diwali party kicked off at 10 on Tuesday night and ended at 11 am the next morning, making the longest Bollywood Diwali party ever thrown.
The guest list was expectedly impressive. Besides friends and relatives, the party at Aamir’s Pali Hill residence saw the attendance of Karan Johar, Ashutosh Gowariker and wife Sunita, Raj Kumar Hirani, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor (UTV), Uday Shankar (Star Plus), Riteish Desmukh, Sharman Joshi, Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and wife Bharati. Some of Some of the guests spent the early part of the evening at the Bachchans’ Diwali party and then attended Aamir’s do.
Celebrities who attended Aamir’s annual Diwali party for the first time included Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor. Incidentally, Ranbir, who have been part of Yashraj films, didn’t attend 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' premiere.
At Aamir’s do, Ranbir was seen bonding with Imran Khan and his wife Avantika. Selman, who was in his element, was spotted with Aamir.
But the biggest attraction was Aamir’s son Azad.
A guest told us, “Azad is a natural-born scene-stealer. He is a replica of his father in his looks. He slept until 11 pm and was then brought into the party where he had himself a ball. It was his first Diwali and he enjoyed every bit of the fireworks and the attention.”
It was touching to see little Azad’s bond with his half-brother Junaid and half-sister Ira.
A guest added, “Azad was completely comfortable with Junaid and Ira. I personally saw all three siblings spending time together at the party. Kiran (Mrs Aamir Khan) too was bonding during the party with Junaid and Ira. But we didn’t see Reena (Aamir’s first wife). Maybe she was inside, away from the party. But Aamir’s brother Faisal and his wife were present, and very much part of the family celebrations.”
Besides the film fraternity Aamir had invited all his school and college friends. He made sure to give equal attention to both his filmy and non-filmy friends.
Another guest said, “Aamir’s friends go back a long way before he became an actor. His non-filmy friends were at the party. It’s amazing how well he managed to apportion his attention among all his guests. Aamir looked after every guest at the party. He asked about their food and drinks. There was an all-night long spread of Italian, Chinese, continental and Mughlai food all through the night .The guests could eat whatever they felt like whenever they felt like it.”
Interestingly, cards sessions went all night long. But no money was used to play cards. “We played cards without money-stakes. Aamir is against gambling even at Diwali,” informed a guest. By now Aamir Khan’s compulsive desire to be an ideal citizen is well-known. He proved it once again this Diwali when after his all-night party at his residence in Pali Hill, guests were provided by in-house drivers to avoid drunken driving.
One of the prominent guests who reveled the whole night and were too tipsy to be at the wheels said appreciatively, “That’s Aamir for you. He thinks of every aspect of every situation. If he hosts a party every detail is looked into by him personally. Yes, he had lined up a fleet of drivers to take to the wheels of his Diwali invitees’ cars in case they were in too drunk to take to the wheels. When the guests were ready to leave in the morning Aamir did an impromptu breath-test. Those of us who smelt of alcohol were forbidden from driving. We were provided drivers to do the needful.”