We’re well in the grip of The Great Indian Shaadi Season, and The Great Indian Wedding Crasher is having a helluva time. There’s one lurking around every neighbourhood in the city, waiting for his or her share of great free food, disc-style naach gaana and of course, lots of eye-candy all at zero cost.
Whatever their inspiration — Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in 3 Idiots (2009), Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) or Hollywood flick Wedding Crashers (2005) — youngsters in Delhi seem to be all for breaking into a shaadi scene uninvited and pulling it off in style. We get three wedding crashers to let us in on their acts of daredevilry.
My friend and I were waiting for another friend near the Tivoli Garden in Chhattarpur, and since he was going to take time, we entered a shaadi there. Initially, we were nervous, but later it turned out the best wedding I ever attended — the food, drinks, and hot girls! It was a dream come true.
- Rishab, 21 (name changed)
The church crashers
I was heading back home with a friend when a sudden case of stomach trouble struck. I HAD to use a loo, and there was none in sight except the one at the Sacred Heart Cathedral near CP. So we stopped. The purge was relieving and later, I kneeled to thank the Lord for coming to my rescue. It was while walking back to the car that we noticed a wedding going on in the premises. It looked interesting, so we stepped in just for kicks. We flashed our best smiles, clicked pictures with the relatives of who-we-did-not-know and got dancing. We didn’t have the time to eat so we got a good helping of gulab jaamuns packed!
- Aparna Kukreti, 23
We’re engineering students in Janakpuri, and shaadis are a free feast for us. You know how hostel food is — baingan-karela-dal. So every week, we put on our ‘shaadi uniform’ and sneak out of hostel, and into a wedding. We even greet the couple if the stage is clear of suspicious people. We dance, gorge on chaat, but never pose for pics — no proof please! We haven’t been caught in 3 years.
-Siya Kler, 22 (name changed)