Ekta Kapoor was not there but her former CEO and Maama Ramesh Sippy was there at Manyata and Sanjay Dutt's first wedding anniversary party, sending out a clear signal about the Dutt's affinities and loyalties.
And no, neither of Sanjay Dutts' sisters or brothers-in-law were there. And yes, Sanjay Dutt's new political guru Amar Singh walked in with Abhishek Bachchan and Kunal Kapoor and stayed on for quite a while.
Though the booze flowed like water, Sanjay Dutt didn't touch a drop the whole evening. But yes, he danced…oh yes , he danced with his wife and with some of the other guests. Looking more relaxed than he has in recent months, Sanjay Dutt was determined to make the evening memorable.
The party started at 9.30 pm. And at 4 in the morning, the music was still blaring loudly. Says a guest, "Sanju and Manyata saw off the last guest at around 6 am, and then crashed out. Sanju had to leave for Bangkok late at night on Wednesday. So he planned to sleep it out on Wednesday. Luckily, no hangover because he didn't touch a drop of the booze."
The guest list was choc-a-block, though surprisingly for a wedding-anniversary bash there was a scarcity of spouses. Though Suniel Shetty came with his wife Manya, Ajay Devgan and Dino showed up without Kajol and Lara, respectively.
Shatrughan Sinha's better-half Poonam was missing. But he had brought along his two sons Luv and Kush, both of whom are ready for their big-screen debut. Kirron Kher came minus Anupam and surprisingly Amisha Patel also showed up without her beau Kaanav.
The pretty Neha Oberoi who's Sanjay Dutt's business manager Dharam Oberoi's daughter, was seen being complimented by a lot of the men who came at the party solo. The solo brigade included Kunal Khemu, Riteish Deshmukh, Bunty Walia, Rohit Shettty, Raju Hirani and Vidya Balan.
Karan Johar drove straight from the airport to the Dutts' residence. John Abraham and Bipasha Basu who had consented to come to the party didn't show up. Later Bipasha revealed she was down with a bad throat. John must have been nursing her vocals.
The Dutts's wedding-anniversary party was remarkably free of stress. "No brawl though a lot of booze. No feud though a lot of yummy food. No cops though a lot of incessantly loud music," quipped one of the last guests to leave.