I probably could have written about both these things earlier today, but I didn’t. Oh well, better late than never!
First, Shahrukh’s Party that Was and the one that Wasn’t
Such an odd thing! Multiple sources were reporting a plan for an early Diwali/late birthday party at Mannat, big splash and lots of people and so on and so forth. And it’s the kind of thing that you couldn’t really hide, if it was really going to be that big, there would be all the workers and decorations coming in, plus all the many many people who received invites. So I just assumed it was actually happening, seemed reasonable that the reports would be telling the truth and there would be no reason for them to lie (especially since it would be so obvious when the lies came out).
And then, nothing! I suppose it could still happen tomorrow, but everything was very clear it would be today, Saturday November 3rd, at Mannat, big big party.
Instead, it was a medium sized party at a restaurant. Which seems reasonable, Shahrukh has opted for smaller gatherings for the past several years and since he had to stay in town for work, why not do a restaurant thing? In a vacuum, this is a logical way to celebrate his birthday. Stay up late the night before, greet the fans at midnight and have cake and hang out with your kids, then do your work thing during the day, and then have a dinner party that night. It’s just really really strange to me that there were so many reports of it being a bigger party! It could have been camouflage I guess, but why bother? Or maybe it was planned at one point and then no one RSVP’d so they canceled it (I’ve been there)? Or maybe it is simply on a different date? But it’s still odd that all the other details might be correct and the date wrong.
Oh, and then the police stopped the party at 3am. Which I guess is why it’s better to have these things at your house, even if it means you have to pick up and do dishes after. The music and noise was going loud, and the restaurant wasn’t isolated and set away from other buildings (like Shahrukh’s house would have been) so the neighbors called the police and they shut it down around 3am. Which either means the Bombay police were pillars of unbribable honesty, or the idea of being photographed shutting down an SRK party was just too good to resist.
The guest list is what I find interesting. Nikhal Advani, Aanand L Rai, Swara Bhaskar, names like that. Not fellow celebs, but fellow interesting movers and shakers in the industry. So, it was a work/social event. The goal was to improve his professional life, but to do it by socializing and getting to know new interesting people. Unlike last year when you had Alia, Katrina, Farah, and also the parents of his daughter’s friends and Ayan Mukherjee because he came with Ranbir and like that. People he felt close to whether he met them through work or not. Probably another reason for the restaurant party, looks like Gauri may not have been there and definitely none of the kids. Which would have been noticeable if they hosted at home, but putting it outside of the house makes it just a work thing for his friends and his family doesn’t have to be there.
2.0 Trailer, So Much CGI and So Little Story
I’m sure the goal was to reveal the amazing special effects and make us all ooo and ah. But it doesn’t work for me, because there is still no actual STORY!!!!!! Akshay is evil and uses cell phones, Chitti is reborn and fights him. Amy Jackson is???? The goal of Akshay is????? The goal of Chitti is????? I’m just at a loss!