DESI DULHA, VIDESHI BARAATI

Want your wed­ding to be the talk of town? Get some for­eign baraatis. Don’t know any? Just hire them

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Some­times th­ese guests ca­su­ally tell us that they are hired mod­els, and aren’t fa­mil­iar with the hosts

Did you just hire a he­li­copter for your wed­ding? As fancy as it may sound, it is so passe! To­day, your wed­ding will make the cut only if you have phoren baraatis dressed up in In­dian fin­ery, sway­ing to Bol­ly­wood chart­busters.

In a new fad in the city, the well-heeled are now hir­ing for­eign mod­els to at­tend their wed­dings as guests. Ala, a 24-year-old from Brazil, who re­cently at­tended a big fat wed­ding in the city, shares, “I was paid ` 5,000 to at­tend a wed­ding in Delhi and was told to learn some dance moves. I prac­tised danc­ing on Bol­ly­wood songs for three days. I was then in­tro­duced as a guest of the fam­ily, along with eight other for­eign mod­els. It was great fun.”

The Cap­i­tal’s lead­ing mod­el­ling agen­cies also say that they are get­ting a large num­ber of re­quests from peo­ple who want to hire for­eign mod­els as guests for their wed­dings to flaunt their fi­rang con­nec­tion. “They want for­eign­ers to be a part of their cel­e­bra­tion and of­fer good money in re­turn. We are okay send­ing our boys and girls if the re­quest comes from known clients, but I of­ten have to turn down of­fers as it is dif­fi­cult to en­sure the safety and com­fort of mod­els,” says Nitin Sarna, founder, Satin Mod­els, a Delhi-based mod­el­ling agency that pro­vides for­eign mod­els.

And he’s right as some­times things do get messy. “Some guests try to make ad­vances at us. Since I have had some un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ences, I en­sure that I take a male model friend along when­ever I’m paid to at­tend an In­dian wed­ding,” shares 21-year-old model An­dreja from Slo­vakia.

Talk­ing about the trend of hir­ing for­eign­ers, ho­tels in the city and NCR also con- firm that they wit­ness many such wed­dings. “Th­ese for­eign guests don’t even know the names of the bride and groom. Some­times they ca­su­ally tell us that they are hired mod­els, and are not fa­mil­iar with the hosts. The idea be­hind this is to make the wed­ding look more lav­ish and to show off their for­eign con­nec­tion,” says Shri­pal Rath­ode, MD, Atrium Ho­tel, that hosts many wed­dings.

Agen­cies re­veal that the max­i­mum de­mand for for­eign mod­els comes for func­tions such as sangeet, cock­tail and pheras.

Shri­pal Rath­ode, MD, Atrium Ho­tel

Films like The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel also fea­tured for­eigns baraatis at In­dian wed­dings

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