Time stood still as Hollywood hunk Gerard Butler and Bollywood actress Kajol charmed Dubai on Wednesday with their wit and grace.
“I love this place. The last time I was here there was a lot of work in progress … I am astonished,” said Butler as he gazed up at the stately DIFC Gate building.
The glamorous duo was in town to launch the Swiss watch company Roger Dubuis’ store at Emirates Boulevard.
Striking an instant camaraderie, Kajol and the P.S I Love You star became fans of each other minutes after hitting the red carpet.
“I love his work and I think he is such a funny guy. What’s not to like?” said Kajol. She even goaded him to wield the sword used for the ribbon cutting, prior to their red carpet roll call.
“This is Sparta,” said Butler in booming voice, borrowing the catchphrase from his warrior epic “300”. In his typical style, he joked around with the local press, making dramatic James Bond style moves and shooting from imaginary guns.
“You guys were so amazing,” said Butler, with a wink at the photographers.
He even entertained Dubai’s social set with some Bollywood moves at the party that followed.
“Come on, Shah Rukh [Khan] taught me a few moves at 5am some years ago. But I don’t remember it,” said Butler. However, he attempted a jig by aping the infamous screwing-the-lightbulb move, much to the delight of the guests.
Meanwhile, Kajol clad in a Manish Malhotra sari and a pink halter-neck blouse, promised to return to the big screen. Barring her song cameo in Student Of The Year, she was last seen in 2010 hit My Name Is Khan and family drama We Are Family.
“I will definitely do another movie, probably next year,” said Kajol.