Aamir Khan and 'Dangal' team at Geeta Phogat's wedding in Haryana

Updated: Nov 23, 2016, 08:12 IST | Mohar Basu

Aamir Khan along with Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra and 'Dangal' director Nitesh Tiwari upped the star quotient at wrestler Geeta Phogat's big fat wedding in Haryana

Dangal co-stars and the family and relatives of the bride, wrestler Geeta Phogat
Dangal co-stars and the family and relatives of the bride, wrestler Geeta Phogat

At the entrance of Haryana's Balali village hung a large signboard declaring it the home turf of the Phogat sisters — Geeta, Babita, Vinesh and Ritu. Villagers were thrilled Balali was having its biggest wedding ever, as Geeta tied the knot with fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar in a grand ceremony at Charkhi Dadri, 20 km from the village. Aamir Khan, who plays her father Mahavir Phogat in his next, 'Dangal', was there to bless the newly weds.

Early last morning, Mahavir was on his toes, looking into minute details. Aamir joined the party in the afternoon. Walking in with his Dangal family — Sakshi Tanwar, Sanya Malhotra (who plays Babita) and director Nitesh Tiwari, the star brought in big boxes of dry fruits, sweets and gifts. Fatima Sana Shaikh, who plays Geeta on screen and has recently fractured her leg, missed the wedding.

Aamir Khan arrives at the wedding
Aamir Khan arrives at the wedding

Aamir was supposed to get Geeta's bridal lehenga too, but as per tradition, the dulhan's shaadi ka joda comes from her maternal uncle's side. The star was hardly disheartened, though. He said his real wedding gift was the movie itself.

The bride was up and about all morning, attending to guests. The paps were even given a tour of their local akhada. One of Geeta's cousins emotionally said there was a time Mahavir fought with everyone to make wrestlers out of his daughters. "The mentality of the village has changed after the girls went on to win medals. Mahavir's story is out there for the world to see with this movie."

The star spent two hours with the Phogats, helping with preparations and talking to the media who were thrilled to cover the village's first celebrity wedding. By 6 pm, the wedding began. Geeta looked resplendent in a pretty pink lehenga. Pawan, dressed in red safa and sherwani, looked dapper.

Though conversation at the shaadi revolved around the bride the couple, Dangal was hotly discussed. Amid blessings and best wishes, village elders who once muttered how the chhoris were a shame to the brethren, were visibly sad that the pride of their community was moving to her 'real' home.

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