Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh

Updated: January 21, 2015 11:17 IST

It was a gathering of the most august sort, a moment straight out of celluloid history. Indian cinema legends Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan rubbed shoulders with each other at the music launch of Big B's upcoming film Shamitabh on January 20.

Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
It was a gathering of the most august sort, a moment straight out of celluloid history. Indian cinema legends Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan rubbed shoulders with each other at the music launch of Big B's upcoming film Shamitabh on January 20.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Shamitabh is somewhat of a family affair. It stars Rajinikanth's son-in-law Dhanush and Kamal Haasan's daughter Akshara, with Mr Bachchan. The three superstars themselves are longtime collaborators. Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have co-starred in countless films together, usually with the former playing villain and the latter hero. Rajini Sir and Mr Haasan have each co-starred with Big B in films like Hum and Geraftaar respectively.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Among the A-list guests at the event was actress Sridevi - a frequent co-star of Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Big B wearing cream and red Sabyasachi. She was accompanied by husband Boney Kapoor.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
The launch of Shamitabh's music also felicitated its composer Ilaiyaraaja for his 1,000th film score (which was not the one for Shamitabh)

He posed on stage with lyricist Gulzar, actress Jaya Bachchan, Shamitabh's producer Sunil Lulla, his wife Krishika and lyricist Swanand Kirkire.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Amitabh Bachchan placed a shawl around Ilaiyaraaja while Sridevi, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth applauded.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Sridevi bowed respectfully before Ilaiyaraaja while Mr Haasan and Rajinikanth stood nearby.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Mr Bachchan's son and daughter-in-law, Abhishek and Aishwarya, formed a cheer squad of sorts - she in sunny Abu-Sandeep.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Big B greeted his 'Bahu Rani,' as he calls Aishwarya on the stage, while Abhishek stood nearby.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Kamal Haasan's elder daughter Shruti was a sight for sore eyes in a grey Arpita Mehta lehenga with a matching mirrored potli and an elegant braided updo.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Shruti's little sister Akshara, who makes her Bollywood debut with Shamitabh, seemed all grown up in a sleeveless black gown with a slit.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
The Haasans were out in full strength to support Akshara.

Kamal Haasan warmly greeted his former wife Sarika, Akshara's mother.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Shruti and Kamal Haasan were in the highest spirits.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Akshara, who clung to Sarika, was a dead ringer for her mother.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Actress Tabu, who starred opposite Big B in Balki's first film Cheeni Kum, was at her fashionable best in a beige and silver Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna ensemble.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
The Three Musketeers: Dhanush, Big B and Akshara posed for a picture.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Dhanush shared a light moment with his wife Aishwaryaa, Rajinikanth's elder daughter, while Ilaiyaraaja seemed amused.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Perhaps the most sociable guest of the evening, Dhanush chatted with the other Aishwarya.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
And gallantly bowed and shook hands with Sridevi.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Junior B, Ilaiyaraaja, Dhanush and R Balki seemed to enjoy each other's company.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Big B warmly greeted Ilaiyaraaja.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Dhanush and R Balki in deep conversation.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Singer Shreya Ghoshal was pretty in ethnic green and magenta.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Also invited were Aamir Khan's former wife Reena Dutta and their daughter Ira who were seated with Sarika and Shruti Haasan.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Shruti Haasan exchanged pleasantries with Sridevi and Boney Kapoor.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Tabu struck up a conversation with her Maachis director Gulzar and Big B's wife, veteran actress Jaya Bachchan.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Celebrated writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi also received an invite.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Actress Ila Arun, Gulzar and Swanand Kirkire were spotted in conversation.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Colonial Cousin Leslie Lewis got along famously with ghazal king Pankaj Udhas.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Big B chatted with his film's cinematographer PC Sreeram.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Music director Bappi Lahiri and Pankaj Udhas had a lot to catch up on.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
The film's choreographers Bosco-Caesar posed for a picture.
Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Ash Root for Shamitabh
Casting director and theatre artist Dolly Thakore was also invited.

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