When the stars shone down
It wasn’t quite the filmi party one is so used to in the Capital, with exhibitors, distributors and their families jostling to mingle with stars who arrive fashionably late. The post-premiere party of Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool started on time: the invite said 7.30 pm and by 8.30 it was a full house at The Lodi. It was a pleasant Sunday evening and the cognoscenti arrived in limoloads (some of them straight from the IFFI premiere at the Siri Fort), sporting designer suits, chiffon saris and plastic smiles.
Maqbool producers Bobby and Varsha Bedi of Kaleidoscope Entertainment were the gracious hosts. They who mingled with guests, introducing the cast and crew – Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj – to guests. Vishal was glad after the “positive feedback” he received at the premiere. The reclusive Tabu sizzled in a burnt orange salwar suit.
Bangash brothers Ayaan and Amaan, who enjoyed Maqbool, are busy wrapping up the musical score of Bedi’s under-production Amercian Daylight. Sunit Tandon, IFFI jury secretary, confessed he hasn’t yet seen any film at the festival.
Spotted at the do: artist Satish Gujral, media personalities Uma Gajapathy Raju and Ramesh Sharma, Gitanjali Aiyer, Anuradha Prasad and her husband MP Rajiv Shukla; IFFI Director Neelam Kapoor, American Daylight director Roger Christian, Shivani Wazir, PVR’s Ajjay Bijli with wife Celina, I&B Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.