"Itna thak gaya hun dance kar ke ki lag raha hai jaise kisi ne mujhe maara hai pakad ke" — these were Raj Kundra’s first words to a friend the morning after he brought home his bride, Mrs Shilpa Raj Kundra.
The wedding that was solemnised on Sunday evening at Bawa Villa in Khandala was a fairytale moment — the décor was done up completely in red, with velvet, satin, roses and candles decking the venue, and the mandap was designed like a south Indian temple.
Film producer Vashu Bhagnani and son Jackky were the only guests from the entertainment industry. Actors Rohit and Ronit Roy were also present, as they had organised the security for the event. The dinner was a mix of South Indian and Punjabi dishes.
Punjabiyan di shaan
The baarat came in true Punjabi style, with a maroon sherwani-clad Raj riding on a silver chariot. The ghodi kept making too many stoppages, which made Raj joke to his friends that “bahut nakhre waali ghodi hai” (the horse is very naughty).
Dressed in a red and gold sari, Shilpa choked back tears as the couple completed the last phera. Afterwards, the family headed to Shilpa’s house for the bidaii ceremony.
Shilpa’s friend Kiran Bawa says, “The bidaii ceremony was very short since Raj was very tired. Shilpa’s mother performed the traditional milk ceremony and the couple then headed to Raj’s house in Juhu.” Yesterday, the couple were with family and friends playing post-wedding couples’ games.
All ain’t welcome
Though the wedding was a close-knit affair, not everyone related to Shilpa were present at the do. Sources say that Shilpa’s maternal grandmother, Vijayakka, was not invited for the wedding because of family differences.
Shamita’s Rs 5-lakh demand
Shilpa’s sister, actress Shamita Shetty, demanded Rs 5 lakh of brother-in-law Raj Kundra for returning his shoes at the wedding. But Shamita had to settle with Rs 4 lakh less, as her jijaji negotiated well and brought the price down to Rs 1 lakh. Earlier, the Kundras had been told that Shamita was going to ask for Rs 51 lakh, so they were surprised by her demand, said a source.