It’s the kind of event that generates a buzz well ahead of D-Day. Keeping it under wraps is a knotty affair. Yes, today couples do not enter matrimony solemnly but with the trappings of a Bollywood extravaganza. So, none of that remodelling the family heirloom, the threads have to be haute couture, the settings custom-built to a theme and, for the more savvy, paid for by a publicity-hungry sponsor. The guests have their own part to play, preferably in a choreographed song-and-dance routine; the bride and the groom do not declare undying love for each other, they play their part in the well-rehearsed dance-drama.
In the uber wedding of today, there are many things mandatory. First, you must have celebrity guests, never mind if you don’t know them from Adam. How does most of this come about? Why, just hire the right event manager, the stylist and cordon bleu chef. The dress code must be right also, even if it is way out of place in the great Indian wedding. Do the bride and groom really matter? Yes, as props. Those who are invited make news, those who don’t make even more.
The more bizarre aspects of such mega dos become the source of media stories. So the prospect of the heir of India’s most abiding superstar marrying a former Miss World also formerly married to a tree to ward off evil influences does not surprise us. No, we want to know more. Will the couple live happily ever after? Who knows? But we certainly will in anticipation of the next super shaadi.