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Oprah meets Bollywood

January 21
02:36 2012

MUMBAI: Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey’s first day in Mumbai turned out to be a star- studded extravaganza with the creme de la creme of Mumbai making an appearance to welcome her in the city.

Within few hours of arriving in Mumbai, Oprah headed towards the Bachchan residence, perhaps to meet the new arrival in the Bachchan family. After spending an hour there, superstar Amitabh Bachchan himself drove the lady to a private party hosted in her honor by acclaimed Indian socialite Parmeshwar Godrej.

Clad in a beautiful orange saree, believed to be gifted and then draped by Aishwarya, Oprah was accompanied by the entire Bachchan clan including son Abhishek and mother Jaya.

The party saw almost every big celebrity of tinsel town including Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Priety Zinta, Lara Dutta, Shilpa Shetty, Anil Kapoor, Imran Khan, Neha Dhupia, Sameera Reddy, Hrithik Roshan, Kangna Ranaut, Dino Morea, Ashutosh Gowariker, Javed Akhtar along with wife Shabana Azmi and children Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, Arjun Rampal among others.

Also present were novelist Shobha De, business tycoon Anil Ambani along with wife Tina Ambani and jewelry designer Farah Khan Ali etc.

“The gracious Oprah Winfrey visits our home, to meet us and bless the baby…warm hearted, endearing…drive her to the party in her honor. And Oprah in sari..looking lovely!!,” Amitabh Bachchan wrote on twitter.

Mom-to-be Lara Dutta went one step ahead and even posted a picture of her along with Shahrukh Khan and Oprah. She tweeted “@Oprah and @iamsrk, two people I absolutely adore! Thankyou for making my day! Now can go into labour happily!,”

“Tonight was dinner at the Godrej House with Oprah Winfrey . Nice to see her wear a beautiful Sari. Also nice to see Ash out after so long!,” said Priety Zinta.
Shobha De in her ever so sarcastic style tweeted, “Oprah conquers Mumbai! SRK tells her she is the biggest star in India. Country’s A-list queues up for pics with sari-clad celeb.O is WOW!”.

“Butterflies in my stomach as I get ready to meet my inspiration @Oprah. Did not feel this way even when I met my first boyfriend haha,” jewelery designer Farah Khan Ali tweeted.

On the other hand, the ‘lady in focus’ tweeted, “@FarahKhanAli was so great meeting you and all the beautiful Bollywooders. Directors, poets, screenwriters, what a nite!” and “@FarahKhanAli just opened your gift..WOW! What a fun nite , eh?.

The next day Winfrey toured a slum in the Colaba neighborhood close to the Taj Palace hotel where she is staying. This visit was an endeavor to get a broad view of all facets of the country.

The traffic came to a standstill and people gathered to see the lady even though when many of them didn’t know who she actually was.

She was taken around by Gregory David Roberts, the Australian author best known for his novel Shantaram in which he talks about the tumultuous life in Mumbai.

Oprah is in India for her new show ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ in which she would travel around the world, interviewing celebrities, news-makers and others.

In India, she would interview the internationally acclaimed writer and public speaker and spiritual guru Dr. Deepak Chopra. Apparently, a part of her show would be shot at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Oprah is also expected to visit the upcoming Jaipur Literary Festival commencing from Jan 20.

Oprah said she wore a sari for the first time. Designer Queenie Singh, who was on the exclusive guest list, reveals, “Oprah was quite comfortable in the sari, considering she had worn it for the first time. She carried it off quite elegantly. She was so excited to be in India and had wonderful things to say about the country.”

Oprah, who mingled with everyone, was seen sampling a few Indian dishes as well. She gave a vote of thanks speech at the end of the party, thanking the hosts and the people who turned up to welcome her.”

Gifted a sari

Sameera Reddy who was at the party said, “Oprah was humble and very down to earth. She mingled with everyone at the party. She was surrounded by many people at the party and I waited for my turn to meet her. When we finally met, the beautiful lime green Shantanu-Nikhil sari that I was wearing caught her attention. She exclaimed, ‘oh my god! What a beautiful sari! I love the color. It’s my favorite’.

“I offered to get a similar sari for her but she hesitated, ‘no… no, that is not necessary’ but I insisted. I immediately told Shantanu-Nikhil to design a similar sari. It will be sent to Oprah when she is in Agra.

“I also told her that I was very plump earlier and she inspired me to lose weight. She couldn’t believe it and said that I looked gorgeous! My day was made. I’d say she’s one of the most humble celebrities I’ve ever met.”

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