A club in Rajasthan provides 'guests' on rent for weddings and other functions at Rs 300 to Rs 700 per person.
"We arrange guests for parties and functions as per the requirement of our customers, who are mainly outsiders or foreigners holding events in the city," Mujahid Islam Syed, 34, said.
"We can give functions an ambience of archetypal Rajasthani tradition by supplying the right kind of guests.
"We have over 80 members in the Guest Club, which include doctors, engineers, lawyers, students and businessmen," added Syed, a telecom agent by profession.
"It all happened a year ago when one of my friends came from Chennai to conduct his engagement ceremony in Jodhpur. He requested me to bring a few more guests with me as he hardly knew anybody in the town. The idea clicked and I started working on it," Syed explained.
The customers are charged according to the class and status of the guests.
"We have three categories of guests. Ordinary guests at the rate of Rs 300 per person, middle-class for Rs 500 per person and elite for Rs 700 per person," Syed said.
He said that the middle-class category was the most sought after by hosts. About 60 per cent of the money earned is equally distributed among the "guests", he said.
Syed is now planning to give the club a more professional look. "Earlier, I started it as a part-time work, but seeing the good response, I want to streamline the club's services."