Mumbai: It was a grand evening called to celebrate the 70th birthday of Bollywood’s quintessential megastar Amitabh Bachchan. B-town’s biggies were in full attendance. But there was someone who had stolen the whole show.
Dressed in a white frock, a little angel caught all the attention of the shutterbugs on the stage.
Aaradhya, the 11-month-old daughter of Aishwarya and Abhishek, was out on the red carpet, in all her glory, for the first time to embrace her Dadu’s 70th birthday.
The little girl joined the family at midnight during the cake cutting ceremony and looked like a little angel in the arms of her mommy Aishwarya and grandmother Jaya Bachchan.
Don't want Aaradhya to get hassled: Aishwarya
The media frenzy over her daughter notwithstanding, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan says she does not want the little girl to "get hassled".
"She was a part of the celebrations. I was on double duty as she was in and out of sleep. But that is ok, I have no complaints. I love her very much. I love to spend time with her," Aishwarya told reporters here, at an event.
"I think it is the job of media to take pictures or bytes. But as a mother, as a family, we were just trying to be protective. She is too small and new to this world. I did not want her to get hassled. It was just a natural instinct of being protective," she said.
It was dance, music and masti galore at Bachchan's 70th birthday bash, says Shah Rukh Khan who shook a leg with the "birthday boy".
Shah Rukh Khan: Danced with Amitji and Jaya aunty to all the songs I have grown up listening. Too much fun. Thanks Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya for the warmth.
Karan Johar: The B70 bash was a beautiful blend of nostalgia, reverence and legendary acknowledgement... SrBachchan has a legacy of abundant goodwill....Vishal Dadlani: Feet hurt, voice hoarse, heart full of love for Amitabh Bachchan, Mrs. (Jaya) Bachchan, Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya! Stellar hosts, stellar party! Happy Birthday Sir! There can only ever be one 'Amitabh Bachchan'! Much love and respect, always!
Madhuri Dixit: Had an amazing time at Amitji's party. Was a re-union of sorts. Got to spend time with so many of my friends! It was great seeing everyone! It was an honour to be in the presence of so many talented people. It brought back so many amazing memories. Looking forward to more!
Sanjay Gupta: Sir Happy Birthday and thank you for a fantabulous party.
Bachchans played host to media too
The Bachchan clan considers media as friends and their affection towards the fourth estate was evident at Big B's 70th birthday celebrations - from snacks to water to dinner - the journos were looked after well.
"The media was treated very well. There were proper snacks and dinner. All in all, it was really good," said Supriya from indiaglitz.com.
Big B's birthday bash Wednesday was a gala affair and the high-profile dinner saw as many as 800 guests walking the red carpept at the Reliance Mediaworks, Film City, Goregaon.
The media persons, who gathered here to cover the event, too enjoyed Bachchans' hospitality.From serving water every hour to circulating snacks, Bachchan clan ensured that the journalists were not left unattended.
A nice dinner was laid out for them. This is not the first time that the Bachchans showed their hospitality towards media.
"During Abhishek and Aishwarya's wedding also, Amitabh ensured that media doesn't leave disappointed," said another media professional.The Indian film industry's biggest stars like Dilip Kumar, Yash Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, and big names from southern film industry like Rajinikanth attended the birthday bash of Amitabh, who turns 70 Thursday.
During his hey days, Big B had boycotted media for a few years, but his fans were always welcomed on his movies sets.Remembering one of such incident, Huma Khan, a fan, said, "My father was transferred to Mumbai (in the 1980s) and we used to go to the movie sets often with our guests. I remember, once we went to Amitabh's movie set. He was shooting in a huge water tank. After the shot, he came out and welcomed us on the set, offered us tea and even clicked pictures with us."