The Telegraph
Thursday , October 11 , 2012
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For Bachchan, season’s biggest birthday bash
Is it a Khan? No, not yet

Amitabh Bachchan poses with wife Jaya, son-in-law Nikhil Nanda, grandson Agastya, daughter Shweta, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya during the party. Only granddaughters Navya Naveli and Aaradhya are missing from the family portrait. Asked about her daughter, who will turn one next month, Aishwarya said: “She’s here, but she’s sleeping.” (PTI)

Mumbai, Oct. 10: The constellation of Bollywood tonight congregated around Amitabh Bachchan, the master of its universe, on the eve of his 70th birthday.

If standing out among such a dazzling array is the feat to beat, the three superkhans appear to have pulled it off — at least till midnight.

Hundreds of Bachchan’s fans were waiting outside the venue at 1am and it was not clear if any of the Khans would turn up later in the night.

Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan could not be spotted among the parade of India’s most familiar faces to the Reliance Mediawork Studio at Goregaon, where the party was held tonight to ring in the birthday.

Bachchan’s wife Jaya and his entire family threw the season’s biggest bash in Mumbai. From Dilip Kumar to Shashi Kapoor, Waheeda Rahman and Tabu — some of the most reticent stars of Indian cinema joined the event.

Sources close to the Bachchan family said that while invitations had been sent to both Shah Rukh and Aamir, Salman had been left out. Salman and Bachchan have co-starred in a quite a few blockbusters but the Dabangg star is usually not seen at Bachchan family events, probably because of sensitivities associated with his past relationship with Aishwarya.

Bachchan and SRK have had their share of ups and downs. Although cordial, Shah Rukh is not known to be part of the Bachchan “family”.

An actor said SRK was busy with his film’s post-production and was unable to attend the party.

Aamir, who is shooting in Chicago for Dhoom 3, sent his best wishes through co-star Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek arrived from Chicago with wife Aishwarya earlier this week to attend his father’s party.

The party thrown by Jaya with Anil Ambani’s help also drew politicians. Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh, accompanied by son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, sat tables away from Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray.

The celebrations began around 8.30pm with a dance recital by a troupe that performed to Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poetry recited by the actor in his inimitable style.