It’s almost time for ‘Happy New Year’ and the stars are preparing for chillout time. But with all New Year’s Eve celebrity performances called off after the Mumbai terror attacks, the celebrations will be private rather than public.
Shah Rukh and family are already in New York. Aamir Khan and wife Kiran are in Panchgani for their annual leave, which starts on their wedding anniversary, December 28, and continues till Jan 4. “It’s an annual ritual.
This year, Aamir surprised Kiran by arranging for a helicopter and a midnight dinner. [For New Year’s Eve] He and his wife will have their close friends, including lyricist Prasoon Joshi and AR Rahman, and some of Kiran’s non-Bollywood friends,” says a friend.
Salman Khan left for Goa to celebrate his birthday last Saturday and he is expected to be back in Mumbai only in the first week of January. “Salman, brother Sohail, sister Alvira and her husband Atul Agnihotri will be together on New Year’s Eve,” a source says. “They are also expected to be joined by Arbaaz Khan since [his wife] Malaika will perform in Singapore.” Salman’s girl Katrina Kaif is in London, and is to join the gang in the new year.
The Rock On!! team, which includes friends and partners Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, Abhishek Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Luke Kenny, has left for Dubai. All the guys and their wives will be together to celebrate the success of the film. “We would’ve loved to be in Goa,” says Rampal. “It’s just our kind of place, but after the terror attacks, Goa is not the same place anymore. The authorities are stricter than ever before. Hope things improve by next year and Goa soon rocks like always.”
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor have not let Saif’s recent health scare dampen the party spirit. The lovebirds are going to the French Alps. “Finally, we will be flying off to France. I am looking forward to spending so much time with Kareena. [In the] Past week, she had been really hassled because of my sudden illness. She didn’t leave me for a minute,” says Saif via SMS.
Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan are keeping it low, ostensibly because of the Mumbai attacks. Priyanka Chopra, too, will spend a quiet New Year’s Eve with her family at her newly done-up house. Kajol and Ajay Devgan, with daughter Nysa, will usher in 2009 at their Karjat farmhouse.