The NCPA was awash with stardust on a recent Saturday evening as television’s most popular stars gathered to celebrate one another’s success. The bonhomie was proof enough that off-screen, these saases and bahus don’t hate one another. Amongst the earliest to make an entry (and a very lovey-dovey one at that) were Kashmera Shah and Krshna Abhishek. Following suit were Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Sheikh, excited about performing with each other for the first time. Gauri Pradhan and Hiten Tejwani (back from a bout of illness) made a stylish couple, the credit for which Hiten gave to his wife.

Abhijeet Sawant, Rooprekha, Prajakta Shukre and Ishmeet Singh had a whale of a time, signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans, even as they indulged in incessant banter. Child actor Aabhas Joshi seems to have become quite used to his celeb status; he was having a gala time as well. Mouni Roy, dressed for Cannes in a billowy gown, seemed distracted as she rushed off saying, “It’s time for the show to begin and I’m yet to get ready!”

Suvarna Jha caught up with Gautami Kapoor; Shweta Tiwari made a back-door entry and expressed mock-consternation at being caught on camera saying, “I’m not even dressed for the occasion; let me get ready and you can click photographs to your heart’s content!”

Smriti Iraani, the ever-so-busy actress-producer, was glued to her phone issuing instructions even as she was reading through her script and getting ready. Ali Asgar kept cheering for bhabhi Sakshi Tanwar, who seemed too comfortable in the confines of a vanity van to step out till the last minute. JD Majethia, Naman Shaw, Guddi Maruti (in an astonishingly slim avatar about which she kept joking to anybody who cared to ask for her secret), Rucha Gujrathi, a bald Sandiip Sickand (who, when quizzed about the change, remarked, “I’m an actor too, I’m entitled to have a makeover!”) and Avinash Wadhwan were also present. 

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