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Father disowns Arun Nayar after being "humiliated" at wedding

world Updated: Apr 09, 2007 11:51 IST

The Indian father-in-law of British actress Elizabeth Hurley has disowned his son Arun Nayar, an NRI businessman, saying the couple humiliated him and his relatives at their much-talked about wedding last month.

It has now emerged that an unseemly wrestling match broke out in the middle of the sacred Hindu ceremony -to the astonishment of the 200 guests and Vinod Nayar was ejected from his own son Arun's wedding, The Mail tabloid reported on Sunday.

The couple had sold exclusive rights to Hello! magazine for a cool two million pounds.

"My wife and I were publicly humiliated and treated like social outcasts for the sake of a two million pounds magazine deal. We were pushed into the background like poor relations," 66-year-old Vinod said.

"I have totally disowned them (his sons). I want nothing more to do with them or their wives...," he said

But the real target of his anger, the person he blames for this shameful turn of events, is none other than Hurley. And it is the result, he said, of her obsessive appetite for lucrative publicity.

"I believe it was expressly done on Elizabeth's orders," he said adding, the couple was openly reluctant to invite Nayar's Indian family. "May be they didn't really want my side of the family there. They didn't even have the manners to invite my 87-year-old mother.

"It was important for her (Hurley) to get celebrity faces there. That's what the Hello! deal was about. She was fulfilling her contractual obligation," Vinod said.

Vinod was married to Arun's mother German-born Gunhild Hapke for over 20 years but they divorced in 1996.