Priyanka Chopra is in Brazil hosting Fear Factor 3 but she made sure that her father Dr Ashok Chopra celebrated his birthday (August 23) in a grand manner. She'd made all the necessary arrangements before she left.
Dr Chopra's birthday bash was held at a Juhu hotel. Priyanka had sent out invites to relatives all over the country and abroad in advance. The actress wanted him to be surrounded by friends and family to make up for her absence.
The star papa says, "The party was organised by Priyanka, my wife and son. It was all done before she left for Brazil. It was a beautiful surprise! In spite of her busy schedule, she called extended family members and friends from all over the world, my brothers, sisters and their children. They all put up a grand show where we all sang and danced together. I was told it was to be a small family get-together at the Novotel hotel in Juhu but when I reached there, I saw this huge gathering of all near and dear ones."
Apart from family, there were also some of Chopras' close friends like Satish Kaushik, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, Sajid Nadiadwala (who is producing Priyanka's next film, Anjaana Anjaani), Ramesh Sippy, Tanvi Azmi, Khayyam saab and Neetu Chandra.
Papa Chopra, who is a trained singer, sang one of Khayyam's compositions and the lyricist was so moved that he came up on stage to bless the 'birthday boy.' "Apart from the surprise birthday party Priyanka also gifted me a huge watch. She kept calling every two hours from Brazil to check if everything was going smoothly. I missed her a lot. She told me that she was very upset that she was not there."
The proud father adds, "My son, who is learning hotel management, organised the entire menu. He also looked after the comfort of all the guests. We had a beautiful Mata Ki Chowki (prayed to God) the previous night while Dr Arvind Lal conducted a havan for me in the morning. I am proud to have such a wonderful family."