Arpita Khan’s fairytale wedding
A pictorial of the lavish celebrations from the Wedding of the Year.
Durbar Hall at Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad (Image Courtesy: Taj Falaknuma Palace)
When the beloved younger sister of Bollywood’s best loved family gets married, it’s bound to be a celebration like none other. But unlike traditional Big Fat Indian Weddings, this one was a stellar gathering of Bollywood’s finest in one of the most lavish of locations, the Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. Small by Indian standards—with just 200 guests flown down for the wedding party that stretched from November 17-19—the mehendi, sangeet and wedding were intimate affairs graced by the who’s who of the film fraternity. No surprise that security was tight, with the entire hotel booked for two full days for the wedding and only invitees being allowed into the hotel during this time.
While Arpita wanted a small, intimate wedding, the Khan brothers, Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail, went all out to make it an event to remember. In fact Salmani bhai has gifted the newlyweds, Arpita and Delhi-based businessman Aayush Sharma, a three-bedroom terrace flat to Arpita as a wedding gift. Galaxy Apartments in Bandra where the Khan parivaar resides was decked up in fairy lights days before the nuptials and on November 16 the celebrations kicked off with a grand sangeet ceremony at Galaxy. Incidentally, this was also the occasion that caused a flurry in filmi circles because it saw the coming together of one time friends-turned enemies-turned jigri dosts (Shah Rukh and Salman Khan). The paparazzi went crazy snapping photos of Bollywood’s biggest stars posing happily with the bride-to-be and each other.
The mehendi, sangeet and wedding
The shiniest star at the stellar mehendi ceremony was the bride-to-be, Arpita, resplendent in a heavily embroidered Sabyasachi lehenga in traditional colors of red and gold, and heavy jhumkas. For the sangeet ceremony she opted for a shimmery white lehenga complimented by a dainty matha-patti. For the wedding, she wore a beautiful, traditional, red and gold lehenga dotted with beautiful gota work and golden zari work. The creation was conjured up by ace designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Heavy kundan necklace and beautiful maang-teeka completed her ensemble. The beautiful pair of churas and kalira completed her homage to the Punjabi family she was marrying into. Meanwhile the groom kept it simple in a head-to-toe sherwani look.
The celebrations kicked off with the baraat at 4.30 p.m. on November 18, and continued till late into the night at the heritage hotel. The baraat included horses and two bands, one from Delhi and the other from Hyderabad. Salman’s father Salim Khan, mother Salma, brothers Arbaaz, Sohail and other family members received the baraat and blessed the couple, who exchanged garlands. This was followed by the pheras, and the ceremony was performed as per Punjabi Hindu traditions. At the after-wedding party Salman, his step-mother Helen, and sister-in-law Malaika Arora Khan performed to popular Bollywood numbers. Punjabi singers Mika and Yo Yo Honey Singh also performed at the party. As expected Bollywood was out in full force with Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Karan Johar among others attending the wedding celebrations. The couple is planning to visit New Zealand and Bora Bora island for their honeymoon.
Salman’s ex Katrina Kaif loaned her personal makeup artist Daniel Bauer to Arpita for the wedding, and he helped Arpita’s inner beauty shine through simply and tastefully. In keeping with her ornate wedding finery, Arpita’s makeup was traditional. Her cheeks sported a rosy glow while her eyes were kept smoky.