London's calling the Bollywood brigade this summer. While some celebs are juggling work and play, others are just enjoying an escape from their hectic schedules.
We saw Saif Ali Khan with family and soon-to-be-begum Kareena Kapoor make a pretty picture at Lords recently. But it was a bittersweet moment for them - the occasion was a memorial lunch for patriarch Tiger Pataudi who died on September 22, 2011. (Read: Saif, Kareena trying to wrap up work before October wedding)
Another Khan - SRK - has been shooting for his new film Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum
in London, and grabbed the chance at combining it with annual family vacation. Fans gathered by the drove to watch SRK shoot, and the superstar has gone on record to say that he finds it difficult to film his scenes in London. SRK was a conspicuous by his absence at the IIFA awards held while he was in London, at the other end of the world, in Singapore. (Read: Salman and SRK together on the big screen? )
His co-star in the YRF movie, Katrina Kaif, who's hometown is London, chose to spend some time with family and did some catching up on life's simple pleasures in the beautiful city.
For a few days it seemed you couldn't go anywhere in london without bumping into Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and baby daughter Aaradhya. Ash, too, was combining too a private vacation with official engagements. She made a spectacular appearance, dressed in Sabyasachi and on the arm of husband Abhishek Bachchan, at a charity gala. And then spent some quality time with seven month old Aaradhya, shopping on Regent Street and strolling around the city. More than one lucky fan bumped into mother and daughter, a refreshing change from back home in Mumbai where Aaradhya is closely guarded by the Bachchans and Ash herself makes very few public appearances. (Read: In London, Ash went shopping and took Aaradhya for a stroll )
All things considered, it was an Indian summer in London, and turned over a rich haul to star gazers.
For the stars, London proved the perfect escape.