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Dilliwaale dulhania le aayenge...

The city is all set to welcome its latest celeb bahu, Riddhima Kapoor

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 02:18 IST

Come January 25, and Bollywood’s Kapoor khandaan will welcome another baaraat from Delhi. Neetu and Rishi Kapoor’s daughter, Riddhima, weds Delhi entrepreneur Bharat Sawhney.

True to the opulence that the khandaan is known for, preparations are in full swing for the week-long gala. It all begins with Maata ki chowki — a family affair — at Rishi’s residence on Jan 22. The next day sees the engagement and sangeet. Mehendi is on Jan 24 at Raj Kapoor’s residence, with a cocktail dinner at Mumbai’s InterContinental Grand in the evening.

Jan 25 is the day of the shaadi. Needless to say, it’ll be an extravaganza — 1000-plus guests will be entertained at Mumbai’s Grand Maratha. On 26th, the Dilliwale will bring the dulhania back to the city. A reception follows on Jan 28 at a Chattarpur farmhouse. Youngsters will party on the 29th at the same venue.

Says Riddhima: “I am going through mixed emotions — if one moment I’m sad about leaving my family, I’m happy the next about entering a beautiful phase of life.” Adds Bharat: “I’m as excited as a groom can be.”

While on the marriage, expect a gala menu. Informs, chef Mohd Ishtiyuaque Qureshi: “For Mata ki chowki we’ll serve the Kapoors’ choice of some 40-plus kinds of kebabs. At mehendi, the stress will on Lucknowi dishes.” For the wedding, dishes from the Maratha restaurants, Dumpukht and Peshawar, will be served.

While the groom dons a Rohit Bal outfits, the bride’s trousseau is designed by Abu Jani and Tarun Tahiliani. It’s a sherwani for Bharat and a red wedding lehnga for Riddhima. And once the wedding is over, the couple will leave for a month-long honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand.

First Published: Jan 22, 2006 02:18 IST