Says one of the guests, "At Gauri's party at Mannat (to bring in SRK's 43rd birthday) Saturday night, most people were shocked to see Vivek Oberoi getting up close and personal with SRK and Gauri. VO's appearance at the bash is surprising because Gauri's party was a very intimate one meant only for a select few those very close to the couple's innermost circle."
The guest adds, "Though Vivek and SRK have been bonding over the last few months (Vivek had even gone to Kolkata to cheer for Shahrukh's Knight Riders team) especially due to Karan Johar (Vivek acts in his next along with Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan), that still doesn't explain Vivek's presence at such an exclusive party! There were very close friends present and Vivek is not doing any ads, film or shows with Shahrukh. Their sudden bonding raised lots of eyebrows at the party as people kept wondering about the connection."
Adds the source, "While their wives, Malaika and Seema go for the parties, Salman's brothers Arbaaz and Sohail keep away out of loyalty to Salman. Malaika and Seema are very close to Gauri and are part of the Khan's inner circle. Sohail had come for Farah Khan's Eid bash."
Notes the guest, "Though Kareena-Saif and Ranbir-Deepika couldn't attend as they were out of town, their absence was more than made up by the presence of Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu, Arjun and Mehr Rampal, Sajid Khan, Karan Johar, Neelam and Chunky and Bhavna Pandey. The party was held on the terrace of the new building behind Mannat and the decor was very festive full of fairy lights and lanterns. There was great food and good music."