India has become a hot destination for international celebrities over the years, with more and more stars stopping by for the purpose of shoots, concerts and parties. Here’s a look at the Hollywood brigade that enthralled us all in 2012...
The actor-politician was the guest of honour at the 4th Green Globe Foundation Awards held in the Capital in February. Sadly, his visit was just for a day, but he promised to come back. Arnie posted a picture of himself on his arrival on Twitter, wearing a garland and sporting a tilak. “This is how they greeted me in Delhi. Does anyone have some good restaurants or other tips,” his tweet read.
The media mogul visited the Bachchans first thing after landing in the country. The main purpose of her maiden visit in January was to shoot the Indian segment of her TV show, Next Chapter. She also visited the Taj Mahal and also went to the Jaipur Literary Festival. Socialite Parmeshwar Godrej threw a lavish party in honour of the talk show host. But the only spoiler was when she made this controversial remark on her show — “So I hear some people in India still eat with their hands.”
Hollywood heartthrob Ashton Kutcher came to the country in the end of August to shoot for a Steve Jobs biopic. He was spotted in the bylanes of Delhi, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand for the film titled — Jobs: Get Inspired — by Joshua Michael Stern. Ashton also took out time for an NGO in Delhi. “Met some powerful girls today in Delhi at Apne Aap: A grassroots movement to end sex trafficking.” he had tweeted.
The Oscar winning director was here in March to shoot for Zero Dark Thirty, a film based on Osama Bin Laden. She faced protest from radicals for recreating Pakistan in Punjab and had to wrap up her shoot before the scheduled time. On her experience in India, she had said: “It was a good experience, though there were lots of controversies regarding recreating Abottabad in Chandigarh, but in the end, it all went good.”
The supermodel short-listed Jodhpur, Rajasthan, as the location to celebrate her boyfriend Vladimir Doronin’s 50th birthday in November. Naomi and her supermodel friends Kate Moss, Karolina Kurkova and Eva Herzigova were dressed in traditional Indian outfits for the party. Naomi looked pretty in a lehenga-choli designed by Manav Gangwani.
International socialite Paris Hilton made the country groove to her tunes when she turned DJ at the India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW) in Goa this month. Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias enthralled one and all on his three-city tour in Pune in October. Other musical sensations who visited the country were David Guetta (March), Korn (September), Carlos Santana (October) Megadeth (October), and Guns N’ Roses (December).