Alia, Ranbir’s wedding festivities kick off – The New Indian Express


MUMBAI: They have never confirmed the date, but celebrations for Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor’s ever-discussed wedding appear to have kicked off on Wednesday with friends and family, including father of the bride Mahesh Bhatt and mother of the married Neetu Kapoor, seen driving into the couple’s apartment complex.

With no concrete information from either family, it was all a matter of optics.

Hordes of media personnel kept vigil outside Bandra’s “Vastu” apartment, located in a generally quiet lane that was today the center of attention with a telephoto lens focused closely on the occupants behind the rolled up car windows.

The fact that many guests were dressed in yellow and green finery gave credence to speculation that this was the ‘haldi’ and ‘mehendi’ ceremony.

According to Yusuf Ibrahim, Alia’s security manager, the team was asked to provide protection for four to five days.

“The wedding is actually taking place – families have started arriving,” Ibrahim told PTI without going into further details.

Speculation is that the wedding could take place on Thursday.

For the reporters and photographers tasked with covering the stars’ wedding, the past few days have been like putting together a jigsaw puzzle – white curtains used as screens on the windows, designer bags Sabyasachi Mukherjee, errant family comments and silence studied from Alia and Ranbir.

Reporters posted outside the building spotted Neetu Kapoor along with his daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and granddaughter Samara who arrived together.

Ranbir’s cousins, actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karisma Kapoor, and Aadar and Armaan Jain along with their mother Rima Jain arrived soon after.

Filmmakers Karan Johar and Ayan Mukerji, the couple’s close friends, were also inside.

A fleet of vans covered in white curtains were seen entering the apartment complex, leading many to speculate the bride was traveling in one of these vehicles to avoid being ‘paved’.

At around 3.30pm, Mahesh Bhatt and Alia’s half-sister, actor Pooja Bhatt, was pictured reaching the building.

Along with a media battery outside the residence, and the couple’s private security, police were deployed for security.

“We have put in place police security with the aim of maintaining public order and crowd control at the venue where the couple’s wedding is planned,” a Mumbai police official said.

The couple’s security team along with police personnel on the grounds tried to clear a path for the guests’ cars which were repeatedly blocked by paparazzi.

To prevent photos of the wedding from being leaked, red stickers were affixed to the mobile phones of all security personnel stationed in the building to distinguish them from the media.

An apartment in “Vastu” where the couple live on different floors was lit up on Tuesday night while the Kapoor family’s sprawling bungalow in Chembur was also adorned with flowers and lights.

For many reporters, especially women, stationed outside to capture every detail they could, it was a harrowing experience – and not just because so few details were forthcoming.

As the morning stretched into the evening, several journalists lamented the lack of essential facilities, particularly toilets.

A Good Samaritan living in the building adjacent to “Vastu” opened the doors of her house for the female journalists to use the toilets and offered water to the media staff.

The day started with Mukerji posting a “giveaway” on Instagram, a teaser of a romantic track from his upcoming film “Brahmastra,” which stars the couple and is produced by Johar.

“For Ranbir and for Alia! And… For this sacred journey they will soon embark on! Ranbir and Alia… my closest and dearest people in this world… My happy place and my safe place. Who added everything to my life and gave themselves completely and selflessly to our film!

“We just had to share a piece of their union, of our film, of our song Kesariya, to celebrate them…as a gift for them and for everyone,” the filmmaker wrote.

The video ends with a message from the “Brahmastra” team wishing the couple “all the love and light.”

Johar, who produced “Brahmastra” through Dharma Productions, shared the same teaser on his Instagram page.

“Love is light and I know how much light you have brought to each other and to our lives with your love.

To new beginnings and more #RanbirKapoor @aliaabhatt #brahmastra,” he wrote.

Neetu Kapoor, for her part, opened up about her own engagement to her late husband and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor.

“Happy memories of baisakhi day as we got engaged 43 years ago on April 13, 1979,” the veteran actor wrote on Instagram.

As at previous celebrity weddings, when hashtags such as “Virushka”, “Deepveer” and “Vickat” became trends, the social media celebrity buzz of the day was “Ranlia” and “Ralia”, a portmanteau of Ranbir Kapoor and the first by Alia Bhatt. names.

The two started dating while filming “Brahmastra,” which has been in the works for eight years.

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