- Ananya Panday attended Le Bal with her family over the weekend
- She waltzed with her father, who said it was "great fun"
- She was escorted to the do by Prince Philip d'Arenberg
Ananya's cavalier, to whom she was introduced at a formal dinner in the Peninsula Hotel, was Prince Philip d'Arenberg. The first dance, however, went to each debutante's father. "Waltzing with Ananya was great fun," Chunky Panday told NDTV, adding that he often danced with both daughters when they were young.
Here are Ananya and Ahaan practicing the waltz before the main event - Ananya wears Abu-Sandeep's 'Firefly' dress:
Cousins at their waltz rehearsal,ballroom dancing requires grace,elegance and posture perfect. @ahaanpandayy @ananyapanday you both have it all,shine bright my darlings tonight at the @lebal.paris #Shinebright #lebalparis #debutantes2017 #regalcavalier #cavaliers #lebal #balroomdance #Waltz #rehearsal #family #cousinlove #cousinsrock
"Ananya made me feel very proud," the 55-year-old actor said, describing Le Bal as a 'worldwide launch pad.' This, Chunky Panday joked, was "the closest feeling to royalty" as he would get.
"I think it's a very good experience, they got to truly experience a fairy tale evening," Ahaan's mother Deanne Panday told NDTV.
Ananya Panday's Le Bal gown was a blue-black confection by Jean Paul Gaultier:
Ananya slipped into Monisha Jaising's silver chainmail mini for the after-party:
Ananya and Ahaan had company from home in the forms of Princess Gauravi of Jaipur, who was also making her debut at Le Bal, and her brother Padmanabh Singh, acting as cavalier to Ava Phillippe, daughter of Hollywood stars Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe.