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Liz goes ballistic after criticism from in-laws

world Updated: Apr 10, 2007 14:16 IST

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British model-cum-actress Elizabeth Hurley, who recenly tied the knot with NRI businessman Arun Nayar, is going "ballistic" after an extraordinary outburst from her father-in-law who accused the couple of humiliating him at their wedding, and vowed never to see him again.

Liz, wife of NRI businessman Arun Nayar, is said to be furious after her father-in-law Vinod Nayar criticised her of "blatant and cynical commercialism" and publicly disowned the newly-wed couple this weekend.

41-year-old Hurley, who was paid 2 million pounds by Hello! Magazine for her wedding pictures, has apparently responded in kind.

She has offered to reimburse the family for a cancelled 30,000 pounds post-wedding party and any other expenses they incurred, a source close to her told the Daily Mail. But she then wants nothing more to do with Vinod, 66, or his wife Joanne.

A spokesman for Hurley was unavailable for comment. But the source told the tabloid: "Liz was furious and went absolutely ballistic when she found out what Arun's family had been saying about her.

"She feels that what was the happiest day of her life has been tarnished and doesn't understand how after everything she has done for them - raising their social standing in India through the roof, for example - they could do this.

"But quite frankly she is also a little bewildered by all of this and was totally unaware about the extent of their grievances. Liz feels she made every effort to be a part of their extended family and fit in," the spokesman said.

"She doesn't think that they have taken into consideration how much planning went into the wedding celebrations - she was under a lot of pressure and was very, very stressed, and perhaps they misinterpreted this for rudeness, the spokesman said.

"Now, Liz has even offered to reimburse the Nayars if they feel they're out of pocket and hopes that this will be the end of the matter.

"Yet as far as she is concerned, that is it - she never wants to see Arun's father or step-mother again," he said. meanwhile, a letter written by Vinod to his son, informing him that he wished to cut all ties, is still awaiting response.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the retired businessman claimed they were made to feel like "second-class citizens" at the couple's English wedding, at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, and their Hindu blessing at the Meherangarh Fort in Rajasthan last month.

Contrary to Indian custom, he said he was barred from the wedding platform during the Hindu fire ceremony in which the head of the family is supposed to officially welcome the bride into the family.

When he tried to access the platform, he was apparently confronted by his youngest son Nikhil and a bout of "pushing and shoving" ensued. He was then bundled away.

It has also emerged that the couple offended Indian relatives after issuing guests with a bizarre set of do's and don'ts , advising them to "bring bacterial wipes and not give money to beggars".

Vinod also revealed that a 35,000 pounds ruby and diamond necklace which he and his wife had commissioned for Hurley to wear in the Indian ceremony was snubbed.

Similarly, they felt obliged to cancel a 30,000 pounds post-wedding party that they had arranged in honour of the newlyweds after falling out with Hurley and Arun, 41.

Talking about the Rajasthan ceremony, Vinod said: "I think this elaborate Indian event was Elizabeth's theatrical dream. It was certainly not a serious attempt to honour our customs.

"In the end it was just nonsense. The magazine wanted a great show, so they could justify the big fee they were charged. I think it was blatant and cynical commercialism," he said.

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