Preparations for the much-awaited big, fat Punjabi wedding are on. Team India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh “Bhajji” and Bollywood beauty Geeta Basra are going to get married in a grand manner on October 29 near Jalandhar.
The wedding will be a lavish affair, with celebrations spreading to five days - starting from October 27 with “mehendi”, followed by “sangeet” ceremony on October 28, the grand wedding the next day and finally the reception on November 1 in Delhi.
The bride-to-be, Geeta Basra’s family arrived in Jalandhar from London on Monday for the special day.
The “sangeet” ceremony that was held on Tuesday evening at Club Cabana near Jalandhar, echoed with mesmerising performances by veteran singer Gurdas Maan and Bollywood singer Mika Singh.
A Mumbai-based choreographer has also been hired for the couple on the wedding day. Chefs from Germany, France, and the UK will prepare lip-smacking delicacies for the guests. Reports say more than 150 dishes, including Punjabi food, were served during the “sangeet” ceremony on Tuesday. The “choorha” (bangle) ceremony will be held on Wednesday.
Bhajji’s friends Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra have already arrived in the city for the big day.
The couple will host a grand reception November 1 at Taj Hotel in New Delhi, which is expected to be attended by Bollywood celebrities, Sachin Tendulkar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jalandhar-based Lovely Sweets will serve badam barfi, anjeer barfi, kaju barfi, shahi dry fruit chikki, laddoo, shahi badam pinni, chana barfi, shahi madhupak, shahi patisa and super soft milk cake at the “shagun” ceremony.
ACHKAN FOR GROOM, LEHENGA FOR BRIDE
According to reports, Bhajji wants to have a classic and simple look for his wedding while Basra has opted for a traditional look.
Their wedding outfits are being styled by ace designer Archana Kochhar. The wedding “lehenga” will be in traditional red-and-gold combination accessorised by a “nath”, a “matha patti” and a “tikka” with a head “dupatta” to complete the ensemble. The reception “lehenga” will be in electric blue colour with mirror work and sequins.
Bhajji will wear an off-white embroidered “sherwani”. For the “Anand Karaj” at gurdwara, he will sport an “achkan” with breeches or “churidaar”, and a turban, says an agency report.