While releasing a film during Diwali is regarded as the best bet to earning good revenues likewise playing cards during Diwali is a tradition which is consistently being observed over the years.
A card bash at eminent star residence is a trend and is much awaited. During these Bollywood ‘Patta’ (Cards) parties amounts running into several lakhs are won and lost.
It may stun the readers but Mr Perfectionist turned Samaj Sewak (thanks to his socially awakening TV show Satyamev Jayate), Aamir Khan's Bandra home turns into a party mood during Diwali. According to an inside source, “ Half a dozen card tables are put up at his first floor Union Park residence in Bandra, where Flush, Poker and Rummy are played. The stakes, they say, ranges from Rs 5 a point to Rs 5,000 a point.”
While Aamir Khan is yet to send the invites, reports have it Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and the twins Amin and Karim Haji are on the guest list. His director friends Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ashutosh Gowariker and Ayan Mukerji are also likely to be present.
Among the yesteryear stars actor Jeetendera is considered as the king of card parties and continues to rule the roost. His sprawling bungalow Krishna is crammed with tables on two floors giving it the feel of an Atlanta casino. Jeetendra maintains, "It is a tradition every Diwali."
From papa Jeetendra the party is now conducted in style by daughter Ekta Kapoor. She usually has gala affairs and this time, she will be joined at the card table by close friends like Karan Johar, Neelam Kothari and actors she has worked with, like Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Emraan Hashmi, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor.
Akshay Kumar, Bollywood's original Khiladi is also good in cards and usually walks away with huge booty.
Bollywood top notch filmmaker Karan Johar too participates in these parties but says, “I play cards only because it is a tradition during Diwali, though I end up losing most often.”
Shilpa Shetty and millionaire husband Raj Kundra's are also known for their lavish card parties. Shilpa Shetty, says, “I play cards as it is customary." However her husband, the grapevine goes, has a terrific winning streak at the tables in Vegas. And he can beat anyone at Poker. "Yes," says Shilpa, "I have learnt to play Poker from Raj. While I am a novice, he is very good.''
As regards Salman Khan, he loves to have card bash for close friends but is poor at the game.
And last but not the least the Cards Party at Amitabh Bachchan’s Juhu residence Jalsa, is the most esteemed affair as it witnesses the who’s who of Bollywood. Big B is seen in full mood as he celebrates Diwali and enjoys the customary card party along with his close friends.