THE GREAT INDIAN WEDDING
ESHA'S 'I DO' DETAILS
brings you exclusive dope on the Deol girl's wedding to Bharat
Takhtani. Mommy Hema is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the
four-day extravaganza, starting today, will be a much-talked-about
Deol's wedding to businessman Bharat Takhtani on June 29, at a suburban
five-star hotel, promises to be a grand affair. The bride and groom are
personally involved in planning the four-day extravaganza, with their
families helping out. While Esha's mother Hema Malini has been busy
shopping for the perfect
Kanjeevaram sari for her daughter in Chennai, younger sister Ahana is
busy organising the sangeet and a surprise party for the happy couple.
And last but not least, father Dharmendra with his sons Sunny and Bobby,
and their families, will be attending all the festivities, starting
June 25. BT brings you exclusive tidbits on the upcoming nuptials.
BRIDE'S PARENTS' GUESTLIST
film families of B-Town will be in attendance. The Bachchans, the
Kapoors, the Khans and the Chopras, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu,
Shatrughan Sinha and his family, Anil Kapoor and his family, Mahesh
Bhupathi and Lara Dutta, Rekha, Dimple Kapadia, Bipasha Basu, Celina
Jaitly, Fardeen and Zayed Khan and their families, Shilpa and Shamita
Shetty, Vashu Bhagnani and family, Harman Baweja, John Abraham, Dino
Morea and Nandita Mahtani, Raveena Tandon, Vidya Balan, Riteish Deshmukh
THE WEDDING INVITATION
invitation comes in a golden box with the initials 'E' and 'B'
intertwined on the cover. There are separate invitations — all in gold —
for the sangeet, mehendi, wedding and reception. The box also contains
motichoor laddoos made of pure ghee and dry fruits, especially selected
by Bharat. The box also contains a Radha-Krishna painting (both Esha and
Bharat are Krishna bhakts) that the couple sourced from an American
SANGEET (JUNE 25)
Venue: A suburban five-star hotel.
friends from B-Town, family and close friends. In total, there will be
about 200 people, including Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan.
Decor: Red-and-black colour scheme with a retro touch, flashing disco balls et al!
will wear a traditional ghagra-choli in orange, red and indigo with
gold zari work, designed by Rocky S, while Bharat will wear a blue
velvet sherwani with gold zari work designed by his close friend Simone
Khambatta. A special
dance act has been put together by Esha, Ahana and Karan (Mani Ratnam's
assistant), where both families will dance. While Hema will dance to
her famous Dream Girl song, Esha will perform on tracks like Tauba Tauba
and Dhoom Macha De, and Dharamendra's Yamla Pagla Deewana will also be
MEHENDI (JUNE 28)
Venue: Hema Malini's bungalow in Juhu. Guestlist: About 150 women, including Esha, Ahana and Hema's friends from B-Town.
Decor: Traditional South Indian, with lots of flowers, incense and diyas.
will wear a mango-coloured lehenga-choli designed by Neeta Lulla, while
Bharat will wear a yellow and brown sherwani with a waistcoat. Mehendi
artist Veena and her team will design Esha and Bharat's mehendi, after
which Bharat will give Esha gold bangles specially selected by his
family. In the evening, there will be a mehendi party at a suburban club with a DJ and Punjabi nagadas.
WEDDING (JUNE 29) Venue: A temple in Juhu at 7.30 am. Guestlist: Only family. Decor: Deep gold-and-red colour scheme with marigolds, roses, and jasmine adorning the
The pillars will be wrapped with floral garlands and silk drapes in
coordinating colours. Plantain trees will be put at the doors of the hall and mango leaves will line the doorways, along with decorative clay pots known as pallikais.
will wear a traditional silk Kanjeevaram sari in red and gold with
heavy traditional South Indian jewellery. Hema had specially flown to
Chennai to pick the wedding sari. Neeta Lulla, who designed Esha's
wedding outfit for her character in Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, has reworked
the sari and blouse for the occasion. While South
Indian weddings usually have the groom going bare-chested wearing only a
lungi, Bharat will wear a white sherwani with zari work and a turban
designed by Neeta. The ceremony will take place at 7.30 am in
traditional South Indian style, as it's been Esha's dream to be married
in a temple.
RECEPTION (JUNE 30)
Venue: A suburban five-star hotel.
reception will be attended by nearly 1,000 people, including Hema and
Dharamendra's political, social and spiritual contacts, apart from their
B-Town friends. Hema is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it is one
of the grandest weddings of the year.
Decor: European style
with a white colour scheme — including white flowers, drapes and
candles. The food has been specially selected by Esha and her close
friend and chef Shilarna Vaze, and will have all kinds of cuisines,
including Indian, Thai, Chinese and Continental. Dress: Esha will
wear a rose pink corset blouse with a mermaid-cut ghagra richly
embellished with Swarovski crystals, designed by Rocky S, while Bharat
will wear a grey tuxedo with a white shirt designed by Simone. A week
after the wedding, the couple will take off for their honeymoon to an
undisclosed destination for a month.
OUR TIME HAS COME: Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani
PROUD PARENTS: Dharmendra and Hema Malini