When we talk about the ‘Big-Fat-Indian-Wedding’, invariably the mind drifts to opulent weddings of wealthy families from Northern India. Things have changed when it comes to obscenely extravagant weddings in India as Southern India – the wealthy families from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra have set the bar higher for extravagant weddings. The infamous mining barons – the Reddy brothers are spending Rupees 200 Crores on Janardhan Reddy’s daughter – Brahmani’s wedding with Rajeev Reddy on November 16.
Janardhan Reddy spent more than three years in jail in connection with the Bellary illegal mining case. He was released on conditional bail on January 22, 2015, by the Supreme Court. Reddy was also a minister in the Karnataka cabinet during BJP rule and the family is very close to Sushma Swaraj, the MEA in the present Government.
The wedding invitation comes with a huge box that has a LCD Screen on the lid. As you open the box, a video starts playing on the screen. The video features Reddy, his wife, Brahmani and the groom Rajeev Reddy. Janardhan Reddy and his wife are lip-synching to a Kannada song that seems straight out of a film. The song was specially composed for the wedding. Here are the links of the ‘Invitation Video‘: https://youtu.be/rHRQEPxAu74
Shah Rukh Khan, Prabhudeva, Tamannah and Katrina Kaif will perform at the wedding. https://youtu.be/3TgCeDmE6UI
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Princess Kate had an eventful day in Mumbai, marked with stark contrast of India’s extreme poverty seen in the slums and the experience of extravagant affluence at Bollywood gala. The Royal Couple are staying at the Taj Mahal Hotel to show their respect for the victims of the 26/11 terror strike.
It was a game of cricket that started the Indian trip of the most sought after royal couple. Kate was caught and bowled by none other than Sachin Tendulkar while Dilip Vengsarkar looked on. Dressed in Anita Dongre casual dress, the kids were amazed at how quick the Princess was on her feet even in her high wedges.
Duchess Kate’s fashion quotient is under observation at all times. She arrived in Mumbai wearing a red Alexander McQueen dress with paisley work. The ‘paisley’ was for the ‘India affect’, I guess.
Later the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge attended a Bollywood fundraising gala. She looked electric in a blue Jenny Packham (Kate’s favorite designer) sari-gown. Everybody and anybody from Bollywood were there...If Sophie Choudhary and tax evader, Sheetal (Mafatlal) can be there, anybody can be there. The couple met SRK in sad looking tuxedo, Aishwarya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and the whole zing-bang.
Kanika Kapoor_Shahrukh Khan
I still haven’t got my finger on that one thing that Shahrukh Khan has for the female singers. Wonder what it is! SRK’s soft-corner for Priyanka Chopra, especially when she was trying to establish herself as a singer is now a well-debated story. People got them married too. But yeah Shahrukh went all out to help Priyanka Chopra wether it was helping her to tie-up with Pit Bull or Akon or helping her with top-notch producers in the US.
Now Shahrukh Khan is doing the same with one-song-wonder, Kanika Kapoor. He got her the gig at IPL gala in Abu Dhabi and also a song in his movie – Happy New Year. Kanika did the ‘Mohini’ number , a-la Tezaab for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year. I have attached a small video clipping of Happy New Years promo where SRK takes Kanika’s name. Have you ever heard Shahrukh take a singer’s name in a movie promo? Forget him taking a singer’s name, he hasn’t ever taken the name of the movie’s music director(s) ever! Here is the video: SRK2
It is not easy to make a foothold in Bollywood but with backers like SRK, Kanika Kapoor is having a dream run. Kanika has signed up with the Moranis’ Cineyug for international shows and Shahrukh has advised her to have some other promoter for the India market. In fact it is SRK who helped Kanika for an album that’s going to feature Kanika with comedy-king Kapil Sharma.
Yes the IPL Tamasha has started with Shahrukh Khan at the center of it all.
Here are EXCLUSIVE images for FS folks where you can see Deepika Padukone, SRK and what seems to be SRK’s current favorite – Kanika Kapoor having a ball backstage.