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Shanghai surprise.

Abhay arrives hand- in- hand with girlfriend Preeti at IIFA premiere

ABHAY DEOL made his first- ever official appearance with girlfriend, British- Indian actress and former Miss Great Britain Preeti Desai, when the duo appeared together on the green carpet of the world premiere of his latest film, Dibakar Banerjee's Shanghai , at Singapore's Shaw theatre Lido on Thursday.

Abhay, who wore a black waistcoat teamed with blue shirt and black tie, came holding Preeti's hand for the premiere.

Preeti, who wore a pale orange Gucci dress kept blushing as everyone questioned her about marriage plans.

" Do you see any engagement ring on my fingers?" she asked animatedly, showing her hands.

" Why don't you ask Abhay?" she said. " Hey, don't ask about marriage, we are still young and happy. No plans of marriage as of now," said Abhay, who has till now kept his personal relationship under wraps and avoided media queries.

Preeti did not mind referring to Abhay as her boyfriend. " This is my first participation at the IIFA, and its is because my boyfriend's film has premiered and is getting appreciated," she said.

Abhay came out bluntly when he was asked if the non- participation of the Khans and Bachchans at the IIFA is any kind of indication? " I would like to believe just like the Khans and Bachchans, there are all kinds of actors in the industry. It is good to have the Khans and Bachchans but I hope not having them doesn't make the award any less prestigious," he said.

The crowd screamed Abhay and called him to shake hands and give autographs. When a girl requested to take a snap with him, it was girlfriend Preeti who offered to click the pictures.

Ayushmann Khurrana, too, was hugely popular among the Singapore youngsters. Dressed in funky green pants, tie and a blazer, as soon as he stepped on the green carpet, girls screamed: " Vicky Donor, come and shake hands with us." A group of South Indian fans got hysterical as soon as Kamal Haasan appeared on the green carpet. Shabana Azmi, came in a strange hairdo along with hubby Javed Akhtar. Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar looked forward to seeing Shanghai , as she appreciated the work of Dibakar Banerjee.

Shanghai 's leading lady Kalki came dressed in a Priti S. Kapoor heavily embellished cream churidaar kurta.

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Date:Jun 9, 2012
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