Last night the team of Raajneeti celebrated its success with what was supposed to be a grand party at Novotel, in Juhu, Mumbai. The red-carpet was set, and the stars were supposed to descend.
It was rumoured earlier that Prakash Jha will announce his next biggie which will star Amitabh Bachchan, who was also supposed to grace the occasion but didn’t turn up, although he lives a stone’s throw away from the hotel at Prateeksha.
Prakash’s new film is called Aarakshan for which Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devagan and Manoj Bajpai have been signed. Surprisingly none of these stalwarts turned up for the party, wonder what kept them from celebrating the success of their film at a time when every other film claims to have made zillions of rupees at the box-office.
Raajneeti is a bonafide hit, and trade reports suggest that it will gross over Rs 10 crore in profit.
Katrina, who is shooting in Spain for her Zoya Akhtar film – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara with Hrithik Roshan could not make it to the party even after Prakash Jha arranged for her to fly down and be back in less than 24 hours. She sent across a video message which Prakash Jha wanted to play to his guests but was anyone interested?
With Katrina not making it, would Ranbir be around? He glided in with his parents and was gone in minutes! Arjun Rampal, hatting a beret, sauntered in very, very late with his lissome wife Mehr Jesia in her high heels and a plunging backless top. She clasped her hubby’s hand, showed him around to the people he needed to greet and whisked him off in minutes.
Prakash, not to be dimmed by the sparkle of lesser known people in his party, held on to his drink firmly all evening, dressed in black, wearing a charcoal keffiyeh – a picture of understated class.
Attendees included director Govind Nihalani, Ketan Mehta, Sudhir Mishra, Vipul Shah who were all very happy to stand in corners and engage in conversation with producers, writers, etc.
So you know what was missing from this party – the stars!!! People walked in, sipped Australian wine, ate Chocolate mousse, and left the boring party, showing some signs of what they learnt from the film Raajneeti – the politics of a free ride to success.