Earlier, audiences only adopted simple fashion trends or dialogue from Bollywood movies. But of late, it has become normal to replicate lavish film sets for weddings. Wedding planners in the city are getting requests from to-be brides and grooms to have their special day look like an opulent Bollywood film set.
Anway Bhoite, creative head, Dreamz Kraft, a wedding planning company says, “People literally want to recreate the sets of movies for their special day, and they don’t mind spending anything from Rs 10 lakhs to a crore for the same.”
Films in demand
The theme that’s in vogue these days is royalty, and popular movies include Ashutosh Govarikar’s Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas (2002), Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om (2007) and Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Rajshree Ojha’s Aisha too is popular for those who want to add a western touch to the traditional Indian wedding.
“That’s not all. After seeing pictures from Shilpa Shetty’s and Aishwarya-Abhishek Bachchan’s wedding, people came up to us asking us to make their wedding look like theirs,” says Bhoite.
Manali Jagtap, a wedding planner says, “Some people want to look like the characters from the films. So we get the designs and try and emulate the feel. Not just the wedding, people also like planning Bollywood themes for their mehndi or sangeet or bachelor parties.”
Some couples demand that the entire guest list is involved in the theme. “For one wedding, we took Polaroid pictures of all the guests. Then when we sent out reception invitations and their images with a personal note,” says Jagtap. “On other occasions we make coffee table books with candid pictures of the functions.”
Though Bollywood actors mingling at weddings for a fixed price is old news, the latest fad is to invite foreigners who play extras to weddings. “People actually ask us to fly down these foreigners to make them attend the parties. These trends are bizarre,” says Jagtap, laughing.