out with the stars
Star Lounge is the nerve center of any award ceremony — an air- conditioned cozy sitting area backstage where stars cross path, where actresses with their managers in tow opt for that last minute dress fitting before they go on stage. The vibe is buzzy. Small talk is exchanged over chocolate fondue and coffee. A Star Lounge is a networker’s delight and every Gossip Girl’s mecca. Only a chosen few get access to the coveted Star Lounge. We were there and so we give you all the uncensored action:
Amitabh Bachchan, who was awarded the ‘Legend of Indian Cinema’ honour was all praises for Annu Kapoor’s soul stirring speech on the Delhi Braveheart, which he delivered when he won the award for best comic role in Vicky Donor. Incidentally Kapoor shared his award with Abhishek Bachchan, who won for Bol Bachchan. When Sr Bachchan spotted Kapoor in the Star Lounge he went up to him and said, “Sir, aapki speech ne bahut prabhaavit kar diya hume…Dil ko choo gayi.”
Jaya Bachchan, who was amongst the first ones to raise national consciousness with her emotional speech in the Parliament after the Delhi Gangrape incident, waited patiently as her husband and son performed their winner’s duties. Abhishek Bachchan with his warmth and funny repartees was just what the Doctor ordered for all of us highly stressed girls in the Star Lounge. He made everyone smile. We really hoped he would stay back, but he was in a hurry to go home. Why so? Because as he quipped, “I’m on baby duty.” Lucky Aaradhya.
Katrina Kaif, who looked quite fetching in a fabulous Naeem Khan ensemble was seen bonding with Ishaqzaade star Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula. Katrina, who had come to the awards after a hectic day’s work, was famished and wanted something to munch on. We offered her chocolates, she was tempted but she resisted. “It’s a bad idea to eat sugar after being hungry for so long,” she said. She made do with some mineral water instead.
When she spotted Arbaaz Khan, Katrina went up to greet him warmly. Arbaaz had graciously received the award on brother Salman Khan’s behalf who was awarded as the Best Popular Actor for Dabangg 2. Katrina reminded Arbaaz that like him, she too had received an award on behalf of Salman at another award function and that “it needs to be picked up since