Article by - Sonali Velinker Kamat
Here’s how SRK, PC and the pack plan to end 2013!
The stars descended for Deepika Padukone’s party a few nights ago, but as Christmas and the New Year roll around, our local landscape will be surprisingly bereft of famous faces. It seems everyone has packed their bags and headed off in search of either sun-and-sand or a luxury laze. You may not be able to see them as we bid adieu to 2013, but Sonali Velinker Kamat ensures you know where Bollywood’s brightest stars will be bringing in the new year…
The only pictures you will see of pretty PC over the holidays will be those she posts personally on social media sites. The paparazzi will never get to her because, as her manager merrily muses, she’s on “an undisclosed private island.” Don’t ask where or at whose invitation, because no answers are forthcoming. What we can tell you, however, is that mum Madhu and brother Siddharth are PC’s companions on this sojourn. After the tragic death of her father earlier this year, the vacation will give this tightknit family some time to bond in private — and that can’t be a bad thing for the perennially busy Priyanka.
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Gauri & Shah Rukh Khan
“Nothing like working during the season of holidays. Has a strange sense of accomplishment. Come on Day...Hit Me!!!” SRK tweeted on December 22, but don’t take the Badshah’s word for it. We hear Bollywood’s best-loved actor is off to Phuket in the fag-end of 2013, with family in tow. We’re surprised he isn’t opting for Dubai though, considering he has a plush pad there and his buddies Karan Johar and Manish Malhotra et al will be there as well. With the superstar’s plans still not set in stone, we promise to keep you posted on this one!
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Kareena Kapoor & Saif Ali Khan
Just like Christmas lunch with the family is tradition for most of us, the Nawab and his Begum have an annual practice too: they jet off to Gstaad in Switzerland for a snowy sojourn. Their year-end holiday will begin post-Christmas though, with Kareena and hubby Saif spending the festival itself in the company of family and friends in Mumbai. For the ‘Cocktail’ star, this Swiss stopover comes in quick succession post another party-cum-holiday: we’re told Romania was the venue for Saif’s last outing, along with a posse of his male pals.
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Saif Ali Khan isn’t the only star who enjoys the occasional holiday with his bunch of boys. Shahid Kapoor landed in Los Angeles some days ago with exactly the same agenda! “Officially on holiday mode,” Shahid tweeted on Tuesday, and why not? There’s nothing better than to celebrate your success in the company of your besties; in a place far, far away from prying eyes.
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Shilpa Shetty & Raj Kundra
Opting to ditch Mumbai in favour of dazzling Dubai, Shilpa Shetty and hubby Raj are hosting their nearest and dearest family members at their new home in the UAE. We hear Raj jetted off a few days ago, with Shilpa following soon after. Their parents — and Shilpa’s sister Shamita — will join them for the Christmas holidays. While Raj’s parents are due to fly in from London, Shilpa’s mum and dad will travel out from Mumbai. No doubt wee Viaan Kundra will have a very merry Christmas, with his doting grandparents ‘present’ — the biggest boxes under their tree are sure to have his name on them!
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