Priyanka Chopra did it. Abhishek Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty-Kundra and Anil Kapoor did it too. This year, Dimple Kapadia and Karisma Kapoor got in on the action as well. So, what is the new celebrity party trend that is taking Bollywood by storm?
Well, it has to do with birthdays and it isn’t unique to Bollywood alone. In 2010, Mariah Carey decided to celebrate her 40th birthday with only a dozen of her nearest and dearest buddies. She wanted to host an intimate dinner and cut a cool cake afterwards. Of course, this is Mariah Carey we’re talking about, so drinks and dinner was never going to be just drinks and dinner. The One Sweet Day singer rounded up her friends and flew them out to Barbados on a private jet! The cake, meanwhile, was flown in from New York City.
Not to be outdone, David Beckham celebrated 4-0 in similar style. With wife Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice), their four kids, and a handful of guests in tow, the famous footballer spent the early days of May 2015 soaking up the sun in Marrakech, at the city’s stunning Amanjena resort. Much like an Indian destination wedding, Beckham’s birthday celebrations lasted for almost an entire week!
If you are still wondering, the new celebrity party trend we’re talking about is the destination birthday bash. Just as the destination wedding has become de rigueur for the rich and famous, this is the new cool. And it comes with plenty of Instagram pictures for friends and fans!
ABHISHEK BACHCHAN CHOSE THE MALDIVES
When Amitabh Bachchan’s beloved beta was ready to ring in his fortieth year in February 2016, the party had to be epic! And so off Abhishek and family went — jetting into the amazing South Asian archipelago and then wasting no time in taking to the high seas on a private yacht. “The family that stays together… sails together…!!” the Big B captioned this picture, featuring birthday boy Abhishek, Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya, Aaradhya, Shweta Nanda and himself.
PS: Priyanka Chopra celebrated her 35th birthday on a beach vacay too and it looks very similar to the Bachchan bash. Was it destination Maldives for mum Madhu Chopra and the rest of PC’s pack too? Well, the Baywatch star opted to keep the venue of her celebration a secret…
ANIL KAPOOR CHOSE DUBAI
Just over a month ago, we told you all about Sonam’s dreamy Sri Lankan vacation, which was really a destination birthday bash for one of her besties. But well before that wonderful vacay, Sonam and her folks spent time in the UAE together, celebrating the ageless Anil Kapoor’s birthday. For the second year running, the Kapoor clan chose Dubai to bring in Anil’s December 24 birthday in 2015, though their celebration the previous year was decidedly different. Unlike the massive bash that marked Anil’s 59th birthday, he was treated to an intimate soiree in 2014 — with daughters Sonam and Rhea Kapoor and wife Sunita in attendance, besides less than a handful of other guests. Needless to say, Sonam and family really do seem to enjoy the destination birthday bash, having opted to treat mum Sunita Kapoor to a lively celebration in London for her milestone 60th birthday in March this year. We’ve always known Sonam to be a trendsetter and there’s no doubt she’s championing the destination birthday trend too!
DIMPLE KAPADIA CHOSE LONDON
Sunita Kapoor isn’t the only mega-mum to bring in her big 60th birthday in our favourite city. Twinkle Khanna, Akshay Kumar and their children Aarav and Nitara jetted into London for Dimple Kapadia’s 60th too — and we can assure you this was also a destination birthday bash that was high on style. With daughter Rinke, her husband Sameer Saran and Dimple’s nephew Karan Kapadia joining in, this family celebration ticked all the boxes and made the milestone birthday a particularly memorable one.
KARISMA KAPOOR CHOSE THE FRENCH RIVIERA
For her June 25 birthday this year, the still gorgeous Karisma Kapoor set temperatures soaring in the French Riviera, posting swimsuit shots online — much to the delight of her several-million social media followers. While the Dil to Pagal Hai actress opted not to upload pictures of her actual birthday celebrations (or of anyone who accompanied her for this destination b’day bash), we can safely say Miss K had a blast. After all, she had already lived it up in London, prior to her arrival in magical Monaco. Could this long and luxurious getaway have been a birthday gift for the beautiful Bollywood belle? Your guess is as good as ours.
SANJAY DUTT CHOSE AFRICA
Shortly after a family vacay with wife Maanayata and their twins in Europe, Sanjay Dutt opted for an adventurous destination birthday celebration with buddy Paresh Ghelani a few short weeks ago. The actor and his friend flew in to Africa from two separate ends of the world, to bring in Sanju’s big day on July 29; surrounded by scenic vistas and spectacular wildlife. We hear Sanjay did some shooting too — with a camera, of course — indulging his passion for photography in one of the most inspiring nature reserves on the planet. Frankly, we can’t think of a better birthday getaway for a wildlife enthusiast!
You can romance the pause in the Maldives (like the Bachchans) or in London (like Sunita Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia), but if you want to jet off on an uncommon vacay, here’s plenty of inspiration...
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