Will and Kate were treated to Bollywood performances and desi Punjabi food at the charity gala on Sunday night
The glittering charity gala at a South Mumbai hotel had a good mix of celebrities from different industries in the country. The royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, seemed extremely at home during the event, though earlier the Prince was overheard telling Shilpa Shetty that he finds it too hot here.
(L-R) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Kate Middleton. Pics/PTI
Shilpa Shetty, along with her Rajasthan Royals partner Manoj Badale is actively involved with the British Asian Trust, which was hosting the gala for the night. The trust is involved in a lot of causes especially towards orphans in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Shilpa has been associated with the charity since her Big Brother days and she had met the Queen in this regard at that time.
Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty. Pic/Yogen Shah
The couple seemed to be completely taken in by the Bollywood performances and Prince William was seen smiling through the performance of Shiamak Davar’s troupe. Shankar Mahadevan performed along with his son Siddharth. The father-son duo sang Taare Zameen Par and Breathless among other songs.
(L-R) Anil Kapoor, Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
The royal duo shared the table with Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and Natasha Poonawala at this formal dinner.
Neetu and Rishi Kapoor with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Soon after the performances, the Prince rose to give a speech and he opened with mentioning the unfortunate temple fire in Kerala. Joking that his speech can never match up to the performances that he witnessed, he went on to say how it was a privilege for him to be in India after waiting for so long.
Apart from Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar, Bollywood was represented by Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Parineeti Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez, Farhan Akhtar, Madhuri Dixit with husband Sriram Nene, Neetu and Rishi Kapoor and many others.
The gala also had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Harsh Goenka and the Poonawalas. The celebrity guests are said to have committed to a decent sum of money for the charity.