It’s official. Olympian Vijender Singh will be tying the knot with his long-time girlfriend Archana today in his village in Kaluwas in Bhiwani. The World No 1 boxer had earlier denied the report that appeared in our Hindi edition, Hindustan, but within minutes of landing in India from the Arafaru Games in Australia with a bronze medal, Vijender connected with his designer-friend Manav Gangwani. Manav was asked to put together a
for his low-key wedding.
“We started working on the two outfits only on Sunday but they will be ready in time for Vijender’s Big Day,” says Manav, who will be at the wedding to see the 25-year-old Indian icon take the vows with his 23-year-old bride who is the daughter of a Congress activist, Surinder Singh, from Muzaffarnagar, UP. She is a software engineer currently working with the British embassy in Delhi.
Vijender will be wearing an ivory-gold Tibetian brocade sherwani, subtly accentuated with Swarovski crystals, with a gold lame collar and cuffs. The sherwani will be teamed up with an ivory kurta-pyjama, a gold stole, a dark fuschia and deep red shaded
(turban) and Tibetian brocade ‘
For the reception tomorrow, May 18, Manav has put together a gold lame sherwani that contrasts sharply with a built-in collar with black velvet appliqué and emerald green Swarovski crystals. “A black shirt,
trouser and a gold black stole completes the outfit,” he adds.
Vijender was in a tizzy on the eve of his ‘shaadi’ and admitted that he was both “excited and nervous taking this very big step in my life”.
Though Archana and he have been friends for a few years now, the decision to take the plunge was only taken recently, with the consent of both parents. “We had very little time to plan since everything happened so fast,” he admitted.
Prodded on whether he would continue to pursue his Bollywood dreams even after marriage, Vijender said, “
Arrey kal meri shaadi hai
(tomorrow is my wedding) and even as we talk, there are some 100 calls waiting to be answered. Let me deal with them.”