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  • Published 31.03.11
Actor Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao before the match on Wednesday. (AFP)

Mumbai, March 30: The superstars chose to give Mohali the miss, but stars there were aplenty at the show.

Seen in the stands today were a bevy of Bollywood actors, including Preity Zinta, Aamir Khan, Viveik Oberoi, Rahul Bose, Suneil Shetty, Arbaaz Khan and wife Malaika, Dino Morea as well as filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.

So were corporate bigwigs Mukesh and Nita Ambani, UB Group chairperson Vijay Mallya and Raymond Group’s Gautam Singhania.

Missing the show live were superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. While Shah Rukh chose to stay home and watch the match with friends Karan Johar, Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik and Suzanne Roshan and Arjun Rampal, Bachchan opted to work as usual.

“All asking if I am going to Mohali… no I am not… I am working… and neither is Abhishek going. Team relaxed rahe bas yahi dua hai,” Bachchan tweeted.

Shah Rukh told reporters after the Indian innings that he would go to Wankhede on Saturday if India made the final. He said the team had put up a “good score” and would hopefully defend it.

“Abhi picture baki hai (The show is not over yet).”

While the Ambanis and UB boss Mallya flew to Mohali in their private jets, friends and family in tow, most of the Bollywood stars chartered flights.

A Mumbai Air Traffic Control source said 15 chartered flights and eight private jets had taken off for Chandigarh today. Some private carriers operated special flights to Mohali. People who didn’t get tickets to Mohali flew to Delhi and drove down.

With the ATC maintaining strict take-off timings and other guidelines, most planes, whether private or chartered, had to queue up on the runway very early today.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and wife Sunanda Pushkar arrive to watch the match on Wednesday. (PTI)

Some chartered flights hopped by Pune, Ahmedabad and Rajkot to pick up cricket enthusiasts. A spokesperson of Leo Air Charter said their six-seater Citation Bravo would stop by Daman too.

“We had a near gatecrash with more people asking to charter flights than the number of jets in our hangars. But we could not use our entire fleet because of a parking space crunch at Chandigarh airport,” the Leo Air official said.

Many chartered flights were forced to touch down in either Delhi or Amritsar. While a Mumbai-Chandigarh round trip in a nine-seater costs Rs 15 lakh, a six-seater trip comes for Rs 8 lakh.