If there’s any wedding that’s being talked about, it has to be Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s li’l sister Arpita’s.
From making the Khans — Shah Rukh, Aamir et al join the guest list to the President and the Prime Minister of the country being invited — it’s certainly one of the ­biggest in the celeb circle.
The wedding is slated to take place on Tuesday in Hyderabad. And guess who we caught up with? Dulhe raja Aayush Sharma!
Tell us about your love story.
We met three years ago in Mumbai through common friends, and then lost touch for a bit. We rekindled our friendship about a year ago, and it grew into love! I was bowled over by her craziness.
Who among Arpita’s siblings — Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail, Alvira — are you most friendly with?
I have my individual ­equation with each of them. As they are much older, I maintain a relationship of respect and love with all of them.
What’s the best ­compliment that Salman has given you?
I’m not too sure about the compliment but Bhai (Salman) definitely keeps asking me, ‘Are you sure you want to marry my ­sister?’ (Laughs).
We heard that Salman is ­planning to launch you in ­Bollywood soon.
It’s a misconception that he is launching me. I would definitely like to pursue a career in Bollywood but on my own terms. Also, age is on my side and God ­willing, I’d like to explore all opportunities given to me. For now, I’m training to become an actor.
We’ve heard that Arpita is Salman’s most pampered ­sister. Are you under any kind of pressure to live up to ­expectations?
I’m not under any pressure but I would love to live up to everyone’s ­expectations and even surpass them.
How is Salim ji as dad-in-law?
Well, it’s great to have ­another dad. In fact, I also have a great equation with my mother-in-law (Salma Khan) ... She is a friend to both of us, and I have a lot of love and respect for ­Helen aunty.
Where are you going for your honeymoon?
Australia, New Zealand and Bora Bora.
Also read: Grand preparations for Salman's sister shaadi
Authentic Hyderabadi cuisine is what the family has asked to be served. “Brunches, lunches and dinners throughout the event will have dishes from different cuisines, but for the main dinner on November 18, it is going to be Hyderabadi cuisine. The Khans have specifically asked to add kachche gosht ki biryani and haleem to the menu,” says a source.
Will Arpita’s wedding be ­boycotted by photogs?
In July, the Bombay News Photographers Association (BNPA) had called for a ban on covering the wedding after an untoward incident miffed them. Rajanish Kakade, secretary, BNPA, tells us, “We had banned Salman, not his family members. As of now, we haven’t taken a decision.”
All of Sallu’s exes will attend the ceremony
According to reports, Salman Khan’s ex girfriends will also be at the wedding. Sangeeta Bijlani, who was there at the mehendi, will be there at the wedding, just as Somy Ali. Katrina Kaif, who has offered her makeup artist to Arpita, is also expected at the wedding.
Kat’s make-up artist for Arpita; designer clothes for bhais
Celebrity make-up artist and hair stylist Daniel Bauer — who has worked with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the past, has been roped in to do the hair and makeup for Arpita. Meanwhile, Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail will be dressed by Raghavendra Rathore.