"I don’t want my engagement to be a
,” said actor Imran Khan before he swapped rings with girlfriend Avantika Malik at her family farmhouse in Karjat on January 16. The couple kept the ceremony close-knit, said the Khan scion, adding, “We had invited 300 guests, mostly family and close friends. We wanted to keep it personal.” Aamir Khan was there with wife Kiran, so was Mansoor (Imran’s uncle and director of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak) and family.
Prodded about whether ‘buddy’ Ranbir Kapoor attended, Imran said, “I’ve been bombarded with queries about whether Sonam Kapoor, Deepika (Padukone) and others were invited. I had invited Karan (Johar), but no matter what the media reports, I did not invite actors to the engagement. So Ranbir was not on the guestlist.”
Imran wore an outfit designed by Karan Johar and Varun Bahl. “I wore a black
. It was simple and elegant, no embroidery.” Malik donned a Varun Bahl creation. The dinner was a spread of
cuisine, prepared by chefs flown in from Lucknow.
The couple had decided to forego the trend towards a theme for the party. “There was no dress code. In fact, two of my friends had borrowed my suits,” laughed the actor, adding that he and Avantika were amused when event managers showed them funny décor themes. “We don’t have to go over the top just because I’m an actor? There was a DJ and people danced, like any other party. Everyone had a good time,” he said.
Khan had designed the engagement ring himself. “I didn’t want to take Avantika to a shop and buy her a ring because that would’ve meant that anyone who has money could get the same ring as my fiancée. I wanted it to be unique... And special. The ring has a single big diamond in the middle and a few small ones around it.” He also specially imported a red Beetle car from Europe as a surprise present for her.
The couple met at a common friend’s party eight years ago and hit it off.