'A Bollywood royal marriage'
MUMBAI - Bollywood glamour couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot on Tuesday in Mumbai, in the most anticipated Indian celebrity wedding of the year.
Kapoor, 32, and Khan, 42 — Bollywood’s answer to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — held an official ceremony at the groom’s home in the city, to be followed by an evening party at the grand Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
The newly-weds emerged to pose and wave to the large press pack waiting outside the residence. Kapoor appeared in a red bridal wear, while Khan wore a simple grey kurta.
The couple have been dating for five years and come from famous acting families, with their wedding attracting frenzied media coverage.
“Party time” ran the headline in the Mail Today, which offered breathless coverage of a pre-wedding function in Mumbai on Sunday evening.
“Dressed every inch like a bride-to-be, Kareena dazzled in an orange-yellow lehenga (skirt) and a shimmering golden choli (top),” it said.
“Beau Saif Ali Khan turned out more on the simpler side. He looked dapper in a white outfit.”
Friends have been tight-lipped about the private event, but the bride’s uncle, actor Rishi Kapoor, confirmed to AFP that the wedding day would be followed by a reception in Delhi in the near future.
“It is a very joyous moment for our family,” he said.
Another celebration is reportedly planned at the Pataudi Palace, the ancestral home of Khan in northern Haryana state.
He became the new Nawab (Muslim prince) of the former princely state of Pataudi last year after the death of his famous cricketing father Mansur Ali Khan, known as “Tiger Pataudi”.
Khan’s mother Sharmila Tagore is an award-winning actress and his sister Soha is also in the movie business.
Kapoor hails from one of Bollywood’s foremost acting dynasties, started by her great-grandfather Prithviraj.
Her grandfather Raj Kapoor was a cinematic legend while his brothers and a number of relatives have become well-known names in the industry.
Khan, who has appeared in about 50 films including 2001’s “Dil Chahta Hai” (The Heart Desires) and “Hum Tum” (You and Me, 2004), has two children with his previous wife Amrita Singh. They divorced in 2004.
Kapoor, entering her first marriage, has similar number of film credits to her name include hits like “3 Idiots” (2009) and “Jab We Met” (When We Met, 2007).
She appeared alongside Khan in this year’s spy flick “Agent Vinod”.
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