EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside Vidya Balan’s Tamil-Punjabi Wedding


[imagebrowser id=241] MUMBAI: Vidya Balan’s wedding to UTV CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur was an elegantly simple and sacred affair, as we reported yesterday. But we now have exclusive pictures to substantiate what a simple, non-starry event this really was.

Vidya Balan is one of the most grounded actresses in Bollywood, and her wedding reflected her simple tastes. Very unlike the recent big, starry weddings we’ve been witness to this year (including ‘Heroine’ Kareena’s nuptials to the Nawab of Pataudi aka Saif Ali Khan), this wedding was all about the bride and groom; and no one else. Apart from a sprinkling of Vidya’s closest friends from the industry, this wedding was mostly a family affair.

We spotted Siddharth’s business associates and old-time friends Ronnie Screwvala, founder and Chairman of UTV, with his wife Zarina Mehta as the only Bollywood guests at this traditional ceremony. We also caught a glimpse of Atul Kasbekar, noted photographer, who is also Vidya’s close friend.

Vidya’s family was naturally in the thick of things, with her father P R Balan, Vice President of ETC India with his wife Saraswaty Balan, and other sundry close relatives. Siddharth’s family saw representation with his mother Salome Roy Kapur and his younger brother Kunaal Roy Kapur (of ‘Delhi Belly’ fame).

The Green Mile bungalow in Mumbai was transformed by the sacred fires and the mix of Punjabi and Tamil rituals. The wedding ceremony lasted for over and hour. Reveals a source close to Vidya, “the wedding ceremony was a mix of both Punjabi and Tamil traditions. The food served was South Indian.”

The source further confirms that Vidya utilized all three Sabyasachi outfits during the wedding ceremony; one of them was a mustard coloured traditional sari with a pink blouse. Siddharth stayed put in his yellow kurta and traditional pink turban.