Bollywood gives warm welcome to Winfrey
By Hindustan Times
She is known for hosting the who’s who of the world on her talk show, and on her maiden visit to India, Oprah Winfrey was greeted by top-notch Indian socialites and Bollywood glitterati including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and her ever favourite Aishwarya Rai at a private party here Monday night.
The party, hosted at socialite Parmeshwar Godrej’s residence here, saw an impressive footfall from B-Town, and also saw others like novelist Shobhaa De and jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali. A few businessmen are believed to have attended the party too.
From tinsel town, filmmakers Ashutosh Gowariker and Rajkumar Hirani, as well as actors Anupam Kher, his son Sikander Kher, Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty with hubby Raj Kundra, Abhay Deol with actress-girlfriend Preeti Desai, Lara Dutta, Dino Morea, Sameera Reddy, Kalki Koechlin, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Imran Khan were in attendance for the high profile party.
Godrej’s Juhu residence was well-guarded with at least two police vans and a minimum of 10 security men on duty.
Though none of the celebrities stopped to interact with the media before entering the party, some took to Twitter to share their excitement upon meeting the 57-year-old iconic lady.
Sameera tweeted: “My god! Oprah Winfrey is the warmest most down to earth person I have ever met! What a personality! I'm thrilled.”
Heavily pregnant actress Lara was equally upbeat about being in the company of Winfrey, as well as her Don 2: The King Is Back co-star Shah Rukh. " @Oprah and @iamsrk, two people I absolutely adore! Thank you for making my day! Now can go into labour happily!” posted Lara.
Before the party, Winfrey went to visit the Bachchan residence Jalsa to meet Abhishek and Aishwarya’s two month-old daughter, nicknamed Beti B. The job was among her priority list upon her arrival in Mumbai Monday.
Proud grandfather Big B was overwhelmed with the gesture by Winfrey, who wore an orange and gold sari for the occasion. Amitabh, along with Abhishek and Aishwarya drove her to the party after her over an hour-long stay at their residence.
“The gracious Oprah Winfrey visits our home, to meet us and bless the baby…warm hearted, endearing…drive her to party in her honour. And Oprah in sari…looking lovely!!” tweeted Big B post the party.
Winfrey is in India primarily to shoot for her new show Next Chapter, which will see her travelling around the world and interviewing celebrities. She is scheduled to attend the forthcoming Jaipur Literature Festival.