What happened when Bollywood royalty like Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan met the royals, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton? Instant shock and awe!
Khan, who met the royal couple at a meet-and-greet organised in Mumbai, told PTI, “It was very nice. They are so elegant and beautiful. It was really nice to see them.”
The royal couple attended a glittering reception alongside some of the biggest names in business and Bollywood, to celebrate Mumbai’s film and creative industries. They met and greeted the who’s who of Bollywood, including actor Rishi Kapoor, his wife Neetu, actress Madhuri Dixit, her husband, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, director Karan Johar, actor Anil Kapoor and choreographer Shiamak Davar.
After meeting these guests, the couple went to individual tables and interacted with other celebrities, including Parineeti Chopra, Shilpa Shetty, her husband Raj Kundra, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Jacqueline Fernandez.
They also had a chat with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, music composer Shankar Mahadevan, actress Aditi Rao Hydari, politician Priya Dutt, actress Huma Qureshi and designer Manish Malhotra.
Kate was wearing a blue evening gown with embroidery which had an Indian touch. It was designed by British fashion designer Jenny Packham. William and Kate, both aged 33, arrived here on a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, aimed at building up strong bonds between the two countries.
Speaking at the event, Prince William on Sunday said his wife Kate Middleton wanted to visit India ever since they got married. “It has been a wonderful and colourful evening. It has been a real treat to be welcomed to India in this way... When Catherine and I got married, India was the first place in her list which she told me she wanted to visit. Two children and five years later we finally made it and we are quite honoured to be here,” he said.
The 33-year-old Prince said the relationship between England and India has evolved over the years but his family’s regard for the country has remained unchanged. “It seems fitting that we start our journey from here... A short distance from the Gateway of India where so many people including my great great grandfather had come,” William said at the Bollywood gala night at the iconic Taj Palace Hotel here.
“Catherine and I embarked on a journey to get to know the vibrant India in the 21st century. We are so pleased that tonight’s event will raise considerable sums for three Indian charities, working to overcome severe problems...” he said. Heaping praise on India’s culture and traditions, William said, “On a personal level, Catherine and I are full of admiration for this diverse and democratic society. No one can come here without being awed and amazed, without a sense of excitement for all that India has achieved in the past and the extraordinary promise it holds for the future.” He concluded his speech by saying, “Bahut dhanyawad (many many thanks).”
“India and the United Kingdom already have an unparallel understanding and affection for each other. But to stay close to each other and remain close friends that we are, we need to keep sharing and understanding each others culture, history and art. It is this which defines us and makes us who we are,” director Karan Johar said at the event.
The Royal couple is on a seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, aimed at building up strong bonds with the two countries.
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