Everyone who is anyone in Bollywood was at last night’s big birthday party for Dharma Productions CEO Apoorva Mehta – the party was organized by Dharma chief Karan Johar and the guest list was suitably starred. Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal wowed photographers with some PDAs; Alia Bhatt seemed like a dream as did Ananya Panday; Aryan Khan made another appearance, the last of many; and Karan Johar shared a moment with Kajol, friend turned enemy, turned friend. There are some notable absences: Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan are shooting Pathaan in Spain, Kareena Kapoor is on vacation with her sister Karisma, Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan are also on vacation. However, those who made it put on the best faces of the party.
Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif both wore mini dresses: Alia with a floral print, Katrina adherent in blue.
Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal, like this forever.
Ananya Panday and Janhvi Kapoor chose gorgeous dresses: Ananya’s was a real corset, Janhvi’s was very bright. Shanaya Kapoor, who will be the last rookie in the Dharma block with the work in progress Bedhadakhe was sharp in a white business suit.
Aryan Khan, seen everywhere lately, showed up with his mother Gauri Khan.
Kajol posed in a black dress. She was drawn in for a hug and a kiss on the cheek by Karan Johar who detailed their infamous rift in her autobiography a few years ago.
The Bachchans were represented by Shweta and daughter Navya Naveli Nanda who participated with director Zoya Akhtar. Maheep Kapoor (Shanaya’s mother), Bhavana Pandey (Ananya’s mother), Seema Khan and Neelam Soni – star of Dharma’s Fabulous lives of Bollywood wives – laid together.
Parineeti Chopra, Tara Sutaria, Mrunal Thakur dressed their best.
Less impressive were the fashion choices of Sharvari Wagh and Nushrratt Bharuccha.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen included Vijay Deverakonda, Arjun Kapoor, Ananya Panday’s alleged fiancé Ishaan Khatter, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, and Abhimanyu Dassani.
Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter may not have entered a couple, but many others did: Madhuri Dixit and Sriram Nene, Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi, Adar and Natasha Poonawalla (Natasha was on vacation with Kareena and Karisma and clearly is back for the party) and Raku Preet Singh with boyfriend Jackky Bhagnani.
Karan Johar also posed with the man of the moment, Apoorva Mehta.
Evidently everyone was enjoying themselves.