The Lara Dutta-Mahesh Bhupati wedding celebrations just don’t seem to end. The pretty Dutta and her longtime beau, tennis star Bhupathi had a registered marriage on Thursday at the latter’s Khar residence. What followed was two days of intense partying with family and close friends.
First there was the sangeet ceremony on Friday at Club Fresh, Candolim, Goa where Bhupathi danced on the song Dus bahane kar ke le gayi dil… for his bride. The groom, looking dapper in a Manav Gangwani chudidaar, joined his friends as they grooved to Crazy kiya re… from Dhoom 2. The gorgeous bride glowed in a Gangwani designed orange and gold lehenga, and an uncut diamond necklace with a maang teeka created by Anmol Jewellers.
Interestingly, the couple indulged in a friendly competition of sorts against each other as Bhupathi chose 10 Bollywood chartbusters to dance to while Dutta had picked about a dozen popular Bollywood songs. Mr and Mrs Bhupathi also specially danced to Zoobi zoobi… from 3 Idiots after Dutta showed off her moves to Munni badnaam hui…, Sheila ki jawani… and Desi girl.... The entire gathering cheered when the couple exchanged a kiss at the ceremony.
Vijay Amritraj, Leander Paes and Rhea Pillai, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Riteish Deshmukh, Raveena Tandon and Anil Thadani, Boman Irani, Bikram Saluja, Gangwani, and Akki Narula were some of the guests who were present to celebrate the sangeet, wedding and reception.
Apart from the star performances, DJ Whosane turned tables as celebrity guests moved on the dance floor. Also, a dhol band performed a special act for the newlyweds. The couple had also especially flown down Californian acrobatic group, Lucien Dossier for the sangeet, which went on till about 4 am.
Premium wines and champagne flowed freely and the cuisine was primarily Pan-Asian and also included sushi and Goan specialities. After the registered marriage at their new Khar home, which Bhupathi reportedly bought for Lara after their engagement last September, the couple also had a Catholic wedding at the Sunset Point, Taj Aguada on Saturday afternoon. Dutta looked resplendent in an Elie Saab gown and matched it with an elegant diamond necklace and earring set, Bhupathi wore a black tuxedo by an international designer for their Saturday celebrations. The entire place was done up in Victorian theme as Dutta wanted the venue to be adorned with crystal lamps, candles, lace and pretty bows.
The celebrations continued with a grand reception, which started off with the bride’s father, retired wing commander LK Dutta, raising a toast to his daughter and son-in-law.
Later, Dutta gave a speech recalling how she was surprised when Bhupathi popped the question with a ring last September. Bhupathi’s speech was short and sweet when he said: “It was great to celebrate the wedding with our families and friends. We thank everyone for making it here.”