What happens in Hyderabad…Does not confine itself to Hyderabad alone. 2011 saw many Bollywood biggies visit the city and their trip brought with them face-offs, link-ups and more. Here’s a round up of the various headline-creating moments for Bollywood in Hyderabad
Cover-up of the year
Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma: Are they? Aren’t they? The question that plagued Bollywood for long was finally answered in Hyderabad. Former lovers, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, were spotted together at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad as they had come to town to attend the wedding of a city biggie. As the shutterbugs spotted the duo, Ranveer in all his chivalry tried to protect his lady love, Anushka, who demurely chose to walk behind him. That the couple chose to part ways later is a different story altogether.
Holidayers of the year
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor: They are self-confessed lovers of London and Switzerland. In fact, Kareena claims Switzerland is “like home”. But when Bollywood’s star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor needed to spend some quality time with one another, they chose Hyderabad, in all its princely glory. While Saif was in town shooting with Deepika Padukone for “Cocktail”, Kareena flew in to join him for a few days. The couple then moved into the palace-turned-star hotel for some R&R, putting the destination on the map for all lovers.
Hip shakers of the year
Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif: He jumped from a platform of considerable height and she dance to “Sheila Ki Jawaani”. And in between all this, the services of a chopper were used. Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif regaled a select few in Hyderabad during the engagement ceremony of Mallika and Siddharth Reddy. Yes, Bollywood stars shimmying and shaking at weddings is what we heard of in other cities, but this time, B-Town came calling for an engagement ceremony. And what a spectacle it was!
The Ooh La La Lady of the year
Vidya Balan: While the world had forgotten about Silk Smitha and her story, actor Vidya Balan was single-handedly responsible for bringing the southern siren with Telugu roots back in public memory through “The Dirty Picture”. And along with that, Silk’s long lost relatives and friends too managed to find their five minutes of fame. Be it shooting in the city for the flick or returning to promote the movie, Vidya gave it her all. From going retro to risque, Vidya sure made many turn around and say ‘Ooh La La’.
Jodi of year
Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra: Yes, it all began here, in Hyderabad. The stories that now so frequent the pages of all entertainment and gossip tabs and mags was originally a Hyderabad baby. Shah Rukh Khan’s proximity to co-star Priyanka Chopra has been documented for the past few months. But it was in Hyderabad that King Khan brought along Priyanka Chopra for the first time to perform at the GVK wedding. And ever since, the rumor mills have been churning overtime. For now, it seems like PC accompanies SRK wherever he goes!
Rockstar of the year
Ranbir Kapoor: He is one cool customer – charming, talented and a ladies man. Ranbir Kapoor sure knows how to make the ladies swoon. In the city to promote his flick “Rockstar” the Kapoor lad, not only had the ladies eating out of his hands, but also managed some ‘me’ time with director Imtiaz Ali. Taking an auto ride around the city, the actor not only soaked in the sights of Hyderabad, but also gorged on the delectable cuisine and did some late night shopping as well. And all this minus the fuss and hullabaloo that usually surrounds a B-Town star. No wonder then, Ranbir is Bollywood’s original Rockstar.
Most-awaited drama of the year
It was touted to be the biggest face-off in the history of Bollywood. The playground was Hyderabad and the players were Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. Now everyone knows that there’s no love lost between the two Khans. That Ash and Salman share a very troubled history too is old news. But all these years, the three have been careful to avoid bumping into one another in public, even by mistake. So when the three of them were scheduled to come to the city for the wedding festivities of a famous city family, the media went berserk. A face-off was guaranteed and that left most mediawallahs salivating. But trust our B-Town stars to avoid such situations with perfection. It so happened that while SRK was at the venue Ash-Abhishek and Salman were conspicuous by their absence. The moment SRK took his leave Abhi-Ash sauntered in, socialized for a while and left. Then entered the Khan of the season, Salman, with his entourage in tow. Yes, they were all at the same venue, albeit at different times. So no fireworks here folks.
Tourist of the year
Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan: If one owns an IPL team, the other is part of the CCL team. The Badshah of Bollywood and B-Towns enfant terrible were Hyderabad’s most frequent high profile B-Town visitors this year. SRK came to the city to watch his team, Kolkata Knight Riders, play in the IPL, apart from attending a high profile shaadi and shooting portions of his magnum opus, “Ra.One”.
Meanwhile, Salman too came to the city umpteen times to watch his team in the CCL, Bollywood Heroes, play cricket. That apart, film promos and weddings too kept the Khan of the season coming back to the city for more. Not forgetting however are the rocking bashes that Salman would throw in the city for his buddies. But alas, only a select few were