An intimate party at Pataudi Palace

Published: Oct 16, 2012, 08:56 IST | Asira Tarannum

Far away from the hubbub, a private but significant dinner is being hosted by the Pataudi Palace for Saif Ali Khan's extended royal family

While the entire country is going bonkers about the Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor nuptials, our sources close to the royal family say that an intimate but significant event will take place far from the madding crowd today. The newlyweds will travel to the Pataudi Palace to take part in a family dinner that will see 36 handpicked family members attend the celebrations.

Photos: Saif and Kareena's sangeet ceremony 

Kareena Kapoor

The invited guests belong to Saif's extended family all the way from London, Islamabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Our source says, “The celebration is a close-knit affair as both the families are skeptical because of security reasons which Sharmila Tagore had admitted to, during her visit to Bhopal earlier in August.”

Saif Ali Khan

Our source from Pataudi elaborates, “The family has gone all out to impress the Kapoors! The arrangements at the Pataudi House are minimalistic from the outside but the palace is filled with grand masterpieces belonging to the erstwhile rulers of the Bhopal State. Tiger Pataudi’s mother Sajida Sultan was the daughter of the last ruler of Bhopal, Nawab Hamidullah Khan.” The palace is also filled with priceless crockery and artwork by artistes like MF Husain, S G Thakur Singh and the others.

Dress circle
For Kareena everything may be going according to what the couple had planned. However, one bit heirloom that remains elusive to Bebo is the special wedding attire called the Pishwas that belongs to the royal family and is woven out of real gold thread. The Pishwas is a long and flowy ensemble (almost like a gown) accompanied with a churidaar.

Bhopal’s erstwhile begum, Shahjahan, in the family Pishwas

The dress was once a part of disputed family heirlooms and currently resides in the house of Saif’s aunt Nilofer. Due to the feud over the property and assets, this traditional wedding ensemble will not be a part of Kareena’s trousseau.


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