On Sunday night, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan took off for a five-day vacation to London to bring in Saif's birthday on August 16.
This, despite both of them having hectic shooting schedules, and Kareena's promotional duties for her next release. The recent passing of Bebo's grand uncle Shammi Kapoor doesn't seem to have put a dampener on her plans either.
Says a source close to the couple, "Last week they were shooting for Agent Vinod, but nobody knew what Kareena had planned for Saif's birthday. She requested Saif's production partner Dinesh Vijan for five days off from the shoot to whisk him off to London. This year, Saif's birthday plans have been kept completely quiet and nobody except their families know where they are. They are staying at their favourite hotel Claridge's. Kareena even made all the arrangements for the birthday dinner on Tuesday night at an exclusive resto-bar in London."
The source adds that Kareena and Saif were both adamant that they needed a short break. Though she was in the middle of photo shoots, promotional events and shooting for Agent Vinod, she completed everything before she left with Saif. Kareena wanted to make this year special for him. As for Saif, taking this break meant a mix of both work and leisure, as he has some work-related meetings in London. "They don't want anybody to know about their vacation, so they quietly flew out on August 14. This time the couple didn't want anybody to know what Kareena's birthday plans for Saif were. Their close friends got to know only the next day."
In the past...
A year ago, Kareena and Saif brought in Saif's birthday in Latvia, where he was shooting for Agent Vinod.
In 2009, Kareena had taken off with Saif to an undisclosed location near Chicago for a secret vacation after completing their shoot for Kurbaan.
In 2008, she had thrown a birthday party for Saif at a nightspot in Mumbai.
A day before flying off Kareena, had told BT, "I can't talk about Saif's birthday plans. He doesn't like us to talk about our personal life. All I can say is that we will be in London."