Superstars and daughters
The music launch of Shamitabh would be incomplete without Bachchan rendering the Piddley song and there was a thunderous applause when he concluded. Bachchan paid a special tribute to Illaiyaraaja and R Balki said 1000 is not a number but just an excuse to celebrate the maestro.
There was nip in the air and when Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan came on stage to deliver a vote of thanks it was time for a trailer repeat.
The evening had ended but nobody wanted to go home. Not the hosts and certainly not the guests. Tabu lingered on reliving her memories of shooting Cheeni Kum with Balki. Sridevi lingered on reliving her memories of her shooting English Vinglish with Gauri Shinde wife of Balki.
Kunal Ganjawala was humming a tune and Bappi Lahiri chatting in Bengali with Shreya Ghoshal. I saw a happy Shruti Haasan dive into the car with a smiling Kamal Haasan and an overwhelmed Rajnikanth gently led by daughter Aishwarya out of the green lawns.
Shamitabh is the biggest star studded musical event I have attended in my long career, there were as many superstars on stage as there were in the audience and after a while I stopped counting.
Bhawana Somaaya/ @bhawanasomaaya