The police had pulled the plug on the ‘loud’ house-warming party at her Prabhadevi pad but that did not deter Depika Padukone from doing naach-gaana again when her film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani set the cash registers ringing, earlier this year. And now the actress is throwing another bash. This time too she is celebrating her success as she climbs the leaderboard with five back-to-back hits (Cocktail, Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express, Ram-Leela). Though she has picked the date as December 21, Deepika is still deliberating whether to host the party at her house or at a Juhu 5-star hotel.
According to a source close to the actress, Deepika has sent out personal invites. Come Saturday, Imtiaz Ali, Rohit Shetty, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ayan Mukerji, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Homi Adjania and Farah Khan will raise a toast to her. “Deepika is very happy. She wants to let her hair down with the film fraternity,” adds the source. Other names in the guest list include the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, her ex-boyfriends Ranbir Kapoor and Sidhartha Mallya, Ranveer Singh, Imran Khan and wife Avantika, Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza.
Buzz is, the usually reticent director Sooraj Barjatya has also been invited. Whether he attends or not remains to be seen, but rumour has it that Deepika is the leading contender for the role opposite Salman Khan in his next film, which goes on floors mid next year. The actress, who made her debut in Shah Rukh Khan’s 2007 film, Om Shanti Om, made public her plans to acknowledge her triumphant box-office run a few days ago, when she said at an event, “2013 has been very good for me. A lot has happened in my life this year. But, more than my success it is the time for celebration for everyone, who has supported me.” And so, she has got party on her mind, even off screen!