Top Indian and international personalities, film and sports icons, business tycoons, political heavyweights, celebrities and a host of others attended what was described as "a royal wedding" for the scions of two top business conglomerates - Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal - on December 12, 2018, in Mumbai. All pictures/Yogen Shah Instagram photos and video screengrabs
The celebrations started in the afternoon with the groom, Anand Piramal arriving on a mare in traditional attire at the head of a wedding procession (baraat) at the Ambani's towering Antilia residence. Guards armed with automatic rifles led the baraat, ahead of a brass band from Jaipur, playing choicest of numbers to which the guests, including the groom’s father Ajay Piramal, swayed. Akash and Anant, along with their uncle Anil Ambani, welcomed the procession
The 27-storied Antilia, said to be one of the most expensive private residences in the world, was decked up like a bride, and the entire stretch from the main road to the building was decorated since the past few days with multi-hued fresh flowers, colourful lights and festoons to commemorate one of the most anticipated weddings in the country's commercial capital in recent times
Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani left no stone unturned to celebrate the occasion of their daughter Isha Ambani's wedding to Anand Piramal. The Ambani-Piramal families ensured that the event turned out to be one of the most memorable ones for both Anand Piramal and Isha Ambani
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar showered her blessings by recording a rendition of the Gayatri Mantra with a special message for Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal. It was an overwhelming moment for parents Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani who were seen getting choked and teary-eyed
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, in a small speech, explained the significance of the rendition by Lata Mangeshkar to the guests. Nita Ambani was spotted praying as the Gayatri Mantra was being played. Amitabh Bachchan also recited the meaning of 'kanyadaan' to the guests
According to reports, the Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's wedding guest-list was restricted to close relatives of the families and friends adding up to half of the guest list are immediate family members of the bride and the groom
After the wedding, the Piramal family hosted a reception on December 13, 2018, which was followed with an open-air wedding reception hosted by the Ambanis on December 14, 2018, at a garden in the centre of the swanky BKC business district. There was also a separate reception for the employees of both Reliance Industries and Piramal Group on December 15, 2018
The grand wedding saw the parents - industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita, tycoons Ajay Piramal and his wife Swati - and others welcoming the high-profile celebrity guests
Former President Pranab Mukherjee was warmly received by business magnate Anil Ambani, the bride's uncle, while other top celebs like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Praful Patel also made their presence felt
Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hritik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty and Vidhu Vinod Chopra et al.
Besides, Sachin Tendulkar and other sports personalities, top business honchos included K.V. Kamath, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Sashi and Anshuman Ruia, Rahul Bajaj and Harsh Mariwala were also seen at the wedding
Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's pre-wedding functions started on December 7, 2018, with the families starting a special four-day 'Anna Seva' to feed 5,100 people, a majority with special abilities in Udaipur. The people were served food three times daily till December 10, 2018 as part of the other wedding-related ceremonies
Industrialists Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita, and Ajay Piramal and his wife Swati, along with Isha and Anand were present at the Anna Seva function, serving and interacting with the people, at the Narayan Seva Sansthan, in Udaipur in Rajasthan.
As a part of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's pre-wedding festivities, a specially curated exhibition called 'Swadesh Bazaar' was set up to showcase 108 traditional Indian crafts and arts form from all parts of India
During the wedding, a video was circulated showing Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan serving food to the guests during the ceremony in Mumbai on December 12 at the Ambani's Antilia residence. The serving was a part of a ritual where the bride's family serve food to the groom's side
Shah Rukh Khan was also the part of serving ritual. The traditional dish of Gujaratis - the dhokla and other dishes was graciously served by the King Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan
The serving by such elite personalities evoked mixed response on the social media. Amitabh Bachchan's son Abhishek Bachchan took to Twitter to respond to a question asked by a fellow Twitter user. The Twitter user asked, "Why were Amir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan serving food in Ambani wedding?" (sic). To which Bachchan junior replied, "It is a tradition called "sajjan ghot". The brides family feeds the grooms family."
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan also served the guests. In few candid photos, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan dressed in a Sabyasachi sari, served sweets to the guests while Aaradhya was looking on. The mother-daughter duo was accompanied by Akash Ambani's fiancee Shloka Mehta
After hosting a big fat Indian wedding, probably the fattest till date, the Ambani family decked up to attend Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's reception party. The reception was held at Jio Gardens in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal were spotted at the venue along with their respective families
Proving that there is no such thing as too much bling, the bride Isha Ambani looked stunning wearing a golden coloured heavy lehenga coupled with pearl bangles and diamond jewellery set. Meanwhile, Anand Piramal opted for black printed bandhgala short kurta and trousers with a monochrome pocket square, looking royal as ever
Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's reception in Jio Gardens, BKC, Mumbai was more of a musical concert. Making the ceremony even more special for the newlyweds, Zakir Hussain and A. R. Rahman performed for the guests
The ceremony was also graced by former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, singer Falguni Pathak, actor Boman Irani, Hema Malini and family and a host of high-profile guests
The Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal's wedding saw a slew of guests right from their pre-wedding celebrations in Rajasthan to Mumbai. One such guest was Grammy Award-winning singer Beyonce who gave a power-packed performance at the pre-wedding celebrations of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal in Udaipur
The pop star performed for a star-studded audience, which included former US First Lady Hillary Clinton and a slew of Bollywood celebrities. Beyonce performed on numbers like "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran and belted out her greatest hits. Beyonce's arrival for a private concert was much talked about since September when American singer John Legend performed at Isha and Anand's engagement in Italy's Lake Como
Among those who joined the party were business tycoons, as well as Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan with wife Kiran Rao, Abhishek Bachchan with mother Jaya, wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya, Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and wife Sunita, Boney Kapoor with daughters Janhvi and Khushi, Siddharth Roy Kapur with wife Vidya Balan, John Abraham with wife Priya Runchal, Ronnie Screwvala with wife Zarine, Karisma Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Karan Tacker
Union Minister Smriti Irani had a throwback moment with actor Saif Ali Khan. She recalled his advice given to her 23-years-ago. Smriti Irani wrote, "23 years ago a rising Star gave a rookie from Delhi advice on how to survive in the chaos of the maximum city; a few tips here & there as to how her dreams can take flight. Little did he know the rookie will turn into a Jumbo Jet. Thank you for the memories #saifalikhan,” Smriti wrote alongside the picture."
33-year-old Anand Piramal proposed to Isha Ambani, 27, at Mahabaleshwar earlier this year. The wedding announcement was followed by a Ghor Dana ceremony, hosted by the Ambanis in May. The couple, both Ivy League alumni, then got engaged at Lake Como in September. In picture: Nita Ambani spotted at the reception held for Reliance employees
Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal got married on December 12 and the festivities included pre-wedding bash, a grand wedding ceremony and a gala reception at the Ambani's residence in Mumbai, attended by the who's who of Bollywood, political heavyweights and renowned personalities from India Inc. Here's a look at inside pictures of the festivities that spanned over a week
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