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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 July 2018

Inside Akash Ambani's truly lavish engagement party

The billionaire-hosted bash was outlandish, even by Bollywood A-lister standards

Mukesh Ambani is the richest man in India, with a reported net worth that hovers around the US$40 billion mark (Dh147 billion). So it's to be expected that with the marriage of his eldest son comes many lavish occassions - Saturday night saw the engagement party of Akash Ambani, 27, and Shloka Mehta (whose father is a well-known diamond merchant).

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The star-studded party was held at Antilia - the extravagant, billion-dollar-value 27-storey tower in South Mumbai that is the home of the Ambani family (and famously needs a staff of 600 to maintain it), and it was definitely star studded.

Antilia is the tallest building in this picture:

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The engagement party capped off a week of events and parties (with a pre-engagement party held on the Thursday night too). All of the events were a veritable who's who of Bollywood. Priyanka Chopra turned up with her new boyfriend Nick Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan was there with his wife Gauri and his lookalike son Aryan Khan, as was Sachin Tendulkar, Rekha, Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukerji, Parineeti Chopra and Alia Bhatt - there were even A-list performances (and the floral arrangements alone clearly cost more than your average luxury car).

Here's all the action from inside the Ambani engagement party...

Parineeti Chopra arriving:

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Madhuri Dixit makes an entrance:

Nita Ambani performs a beautiful classical dance during the party:

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Karan Johar with Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan: "years of love...years of movies...memories forever" was Johar's caption for this pic:

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Scroll through these photos to see just how many flowers were displayed for the event. The first photo shows Nita Ambani with her soon-to-be daughter in law :

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Shloka Mehta (second to the right) with the Ambani family:

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Isha Ambani welcomes Shloka into the family:

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Shahid Kapoor arriving:

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Shah Rukh Khan and family (with the Kapoors in the background):

The Bachchan family was there:

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The legendary Rekha:

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Disha Patani with Tiger Shroff:

Aishwarya Rai with her daughter and Navya Nanda:

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Ekta Kapoor with her father Ravi Kapoor:

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Here's a moment from Harshdeep Kapur's performance:

And, finally, this is how large the performance was (spot the celebrities - they're everywhere!):