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Parmeshwar Godrej and the stars, in pictures

October 12, 2016 15:10 IST
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Fashion designer, style icon, philanthropist and Bollywood's favourite queen bee, Parmeshwar Godrej passed away on October 10 after a prolonged lung illness.

From hosting parties for Bollywood and international stars to hobnobbing with the famous and lending support to social causes, businessman Adi Godrej's late wife made a name for herself at a time when women empowerment was an alien concept.

One of Mumbai's best-loved socialites, here's looking back at her life with the stars.


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IMAGE: Hrithik Roshan and his then wife Sussanne Khan at the 26th International AIDS candelight memorial with Parmeshwar Godrej.

After briefly working with Air India as an airhostess, Parmeshwar Godrej designed costumes for actresses Hema Malini and Zeenat Aman in the 1970s.

She had a background in art after all, having been a student at the J J College of Art, a classmate of our colleague and friend Coomi Selod.


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IMAGE: Parmeshwar Godrej with Kiran Rao at the HDIL India Couture Week. Photograph: Kind courtesy Actimedia

In 2000, she joined hands with filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and launched her production house, Starlight.


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IMAGE: Tina Ambani and Parmeshwar Godrej at producer Ritesh Sidhwani's party. Photograph: Abhijit Mhamunkar

Parmeshwar Godrej championed many social causes.

In 2004, she teamed up with Hollywood star Richard Gere and spread awareness about AIDS through her Heroes Project.


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IMAGE: Parmeshwar and Adi Godrej with Anil Kapoor at the 17th Mumbai Film Festival. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

She launched Inner Spaces, an interior design firm, in 1982 along with her friend, Sunita Pitamber.


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IMAGE: Parmeshwar and Adi Godrej with Salman Khan at Arpita Khan's wedding reception. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

She shared a great rapport with Vinod Khanna, the late Feroz Khan, cricket legend Imran Khan, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, Salman Khan, Gauri Khan and Tina Ambani.


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IMAGE: Parmeshwar Godrej with Gauri Khan. Photograph: Gauri Khan/Instagram

She was good friends with Goldie Hawn and Richard Gere, and hosted a huge party for Oprah Winfrey when she visited India.


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IMAGE: Tina Ambani with Manish Malhotra, Parmeshwar Godrej and Neetu Singh. Photograph: Manish Malhotra/Instagram

Several celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to her.

'Devastated by death of close friend, Parmeshwar Godrej, last night: she was always there for me in my most difficult times,' Imran Khan tweeted.

'Mumbai lost a philanthropist, visionary & a great lady..Rest in peace #ParmeshwarGodrej,' Anil Kapoor wrote. 'Your city & people will miss you.'

'Deeply saddened to learn lovely beautiful Parmeshwar Godrej passed away last night at Breach Candy. She was truly special. #RIP,' Shabana Azmi tweeted.


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IMAGE: Parmeshwar and Adi Godrej arrive for a screening of Beauty And The Beast. Photograph: Pradeep Bandekar

Parmeshwar married Adi Godrej in 1965. The couple have three children: Tanya Dubash, Nisa Godrej, Pirojsha Godrej.

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