Rebecca Dewan premiered her festive collection with a glittering fashion show in Mumbai last night with many A-list stars in attendance. But Bollywood newbie Sooraj Pancholi did something very few stars would do…..
The ballroom of the St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai glittered with a million sequins, Swarovski crystals and bling embellishments as designer Rebecca Dewan launched her festive collection of gowns and indo-western wear for the upcoming season.
And to cheer her statuesque models on from the front row were numerous Bollywood stars and celebrities like Emraan Hashmi, Eli Avram, Mandana Karimi, Daisy Shah, Shibani Kashyap, Rouble Nagi, Arjan Bajwa, Pooja Chopra, Ritu Shivpuri, Sharman Joshi and Ameesha Patel.
But it was newbie Sooraj Pancholi who actually attracted our attention just before the show started. We happened to bump in to him at the event during the pre-cocktail hour and asked him why he was not in the VIP enclosure along with the other Bollywood actors? He surprised us by shrugging it off as being unimportant and so, we left it at that.
However, just a little before the show started, Sooraj did something unexpected which we couldn’t help but take notice of…
When the doors to the ballroom were opened, Sooraj (along with the other VIP guests) were led to the front row to be seated by the organisers. This is normal protocol at a fashion event and anybody who attends them regularly, knows how coveted the front-row (F-Row) seats are. They are considered a status symbol which prove your clout and your intimate proximity to the designer.
Unfortunately, Sooraj’s friends were seated in the second row, behind him, and he had to keep turning around to make conversation with them. So after a while, instead of asking the organisers to bump them up to the F-Row by adding more seats or displacing those already seated there (Yes! People actually do that!) Sooraj simply went and plonked himself between them in the second row without an iota of fuss.
In fact, he remained seated there right till the show ended..
Now how many Bollywood stars have you encountered who would make such a simple gesture and not attract attention towards themselves as many of them usually do?
We like your humble attitude, Sooraj! Stay that way….