Leading producer Dil Raju’s 50th birthday bash on Thursday night in Hyderabad was a star-studded affair with the who’s who of the industry in attendance. The likes of megastar Chiranjeevi, power star Pawan Kalyan, superstar Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Ram Charan, Nithiin, Prakash Raj, Anushka Shetty, Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Ram, Yash, Akhil Akkineni, Pooja Hegde, Vijay Deverakonda, Nivetha Pethuraj, Raashi Khanna and K Raghavendra Rao were some of the prominent names who attended the do which was held at the newly constructed house of Raju’s daughter Hanshitha Reddy at MLA Colony, Jubilee Hills. Others who attended the celebrations include Sunil, Anjali, Sandeep Vanga, Sangeetha, Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Sailesh Kolanu, Venu Sreeram, Sunitha and Mango Ram.
According to a source, Hanshitha, who oversaw the preparations for her dad’s big day, extended invitations to industry personalities a week before and she was extremely happy with the way the event transpired on Thursday night. “As it is her dad’s 50th birthday, Hanshitha wanted it to be a special moment in his life. While Raju is averse to ring in birthdays on such a grand note, he had to give in to her daughter’s request. He was delighted to see the industry turn up in full force and greet him. The event also provided him an opportunity to introduce his wife Vygha to the fraternity,” the source informs.
The source adds that while the likes of Chiranjeevi, Pawan, Prabhas and Ram Charan made a quick exit after meeting and conveying their wishes to Raju, Mahesh, Ram, Anil Ravipudi, Varun Tej, Pooja Hedge, Raashi Khanna and Nivetha Pethuraj were some of the celebs who stayed up until 1 am, chatting and cracking jokes. “Sirish, his son Ashish, Harshith (Raju’s nephew) and Archit (Raju’s son-in-law) played perfect hosts and directed guests to their respective floors of the building.
While Raju’s family members occupied one floor, his friends from production (Danayya, Sravanthi Ravi Kishore, Sudhakar Reddy, NV Prasad, Mythri Ravishankar, Bellamkonda Suresh among others), distribution, and exhibition sectors occupied the other floor. Actors were given a separate floor. A live band was arranged for Raju’s family members. However, after the evening kicked in, most of the celebrities shifted to the terrace.
The food was a spread of Indian and Thai cuisines. Some of the crew members from Vakeel Saab joined the celebrations around 11: 30 pm after they finished the day’s work,” the source informs. The source further adds that Raju and his family left for Goa on Friday for further celebrations. “They will be holidaying in Goa for three days where they are likely to be joined by Nani and Sharwanand. After returning, Raju will quickly shift focus to work as Vakeel Saab is in the final leg of filming. He is planning to start the shoot of Thank You next month,” the source concludes.
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