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Cricket crazy again

Event planners say cricket-themed weddings a hit in Delhi as IPL4 begins.

entertainment Updated: Apr 09, 2011 00:32 IST
Namya Sinha

With India’s new status as the World Cup champions, and the grand tamasha of the Indian Premier League (IPL) taking off last night, Delhi just can’t seem to get enough of cricket. So much so, that wedding and event planners in the city say fans are now asking for cricket-themed weddings and parties.

“Earlier, there would be sangeet and dancing at weddings. But now, some couples are going for a pre-wedding cricket carnival. The set-up is just like an IPL match, and for those who can afford them, we’re even flying down commentators such as Harsha Bhogle and Navjot Singh Sidhu,” says Harin Pandya of Red Events. The bride’s family plays against the boy’s side; there is a toss, LED displays, third umpires, tattoo artists and face painting — the whole experience costs Rs 7 lakh upwards.

Delhi businessman Gurinder Walia is busy hosting a cricket-themed party for his son’s 15th birthday on April 12. “We’ll have the cake in the shape of a bat and ball, there’ll be cheerleaders and the IPL match of the day will be screened,” he says.

“We have an event in June where the hosts will screen highlights of the World Cup final, the waiters will be dressed like players, there’ll be cheerleaders and guests will wear cricket jerseys,”says Kuldeep Sharma of Balaji Events in Kirti Nagar.

Rupinder Walia of event company JB Décor, near Mehrauli, says people are also asking for cheerleaders to add the flavour, whether or not matches are being screened. “They add glamour. East European girls charge Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per day, and Indian cheergirls charge anything between Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 a day,” he says.

Buzz on the IPL block
*The IPL parties that created were in news last year are in for a second coming. DJ Husain, who played at them last year, will play at the parties this year as well. Fashion designers are still in the process of being roped in for the fashion shows at the parties, and nightspots say they’re busy preparing
*The IPL anthem, Dhoom Dhamaka, composed by popular Bollywood duo Sajid-Wajid, is set to up the tempo with its Indo-Brazilian beats.