All about newlyweds Deepika Padukone-ranveer Singh and how they changed landscapes of Bollywood nuptials.
3 things that #Deepveer wedding reveals about the changing landscapes of Bollywood nuptials
Speaking to an Indian magazine ahead of her November wedding in Italy’s Lake Como, Deepika Padukone revealed how marriage has always been on her mind. Blushing, she said, “Marriage is definitely something I have looked forward to in my life as would any other girl. When it does happen, it will be exciting, it should be exciting.” Excitement is an understatement. As the Padmaavat star married long-time boyfriend Ranveer Singh in largely private ceremonies on November 14-15 in Villa del Balbianello, an 18th century castle in Lake Como, it quickly became clear that the whole of India — and elsewhere — was looking forward to the
#Deepveer wedding more than the couple themselves!
One of the biggest weddings in a year full of high-profile nuptials, from Virat Kohli-anushka Sharma and Sonam Kapooranand Ahuja to Neha Dhupia-angad Bedi, the #Deepveer union was billed as no less than a royal wedding. Yet, what surprised fans and celeb-watchers was the extra mile that the couple, walked to keep their wedding a strictly private affair. Hours after the wedding, no pictures were leaked and a ravenous media faced a rare conundrum.
The wait was killing. And finally, the couple themselves posted a happy wedding picture and shared more pics later. What the #Deepveer matrimony reveals, as consolidated by top Bollywood couples before them, is that the small, intimate wedding has now replaced the big, fat Indian wedding.
INTIMATE AND PRIVATE
It may be foolish to think that stars in today’s media-saturated time can keep anything, let alone their wedding, a secret. Yet, most stars like to keep their personal lives private. But some go to unimaginable lengths protecting their special days. In that regard, #Deepveer managed to keep it guarded, though as we have said earlier, they couldn’t stop the public hysteria back in India. Reports suggested that Deepika and Ranveer had been planning the festivities for months. Somewhere they must have known that their wedding would become a theatre for fans back home. #Deepveer’s receptions for family and friends in India in November more than made for all the pomp and pageantry that was missing in the Lake Como celebrations. Gone are the days when a Bollywood wedding was a huge affair. Who can forget the Bachchan wedding more than a decade ago that was the talk of the town for its grandeur? Today, it’s quick and Instagram-friendly. As a photographer told Masala! on condition of anonymity, “#Deepveer wedding is a Bhansali musical, minus the three-hour torture.”
THE ITALIAN GETAWAY
“The first time I met Anushka (Sharma),
HERE ARE THREE THINGS WE HAVE LEARNT FROM THE #DEEPVEER WEDDING.
I couldn’t even say Anushka to her face. I kept saying, ‘bride, bride.’ She was like, ‘What’s wrong with you.’ I was like, ‘We have conditioned ourselves not to take your name.’ We have to, have to, keep it a secret,” Anushka Sharma’s wedding planner told BBC, in response to a question about how tough it is to keep a celeb wedding private. The reason why Indian celebs get married away from Mumbai or Delhi is to feel real about themselves. Forever under media surveillance, a small destination wedding is a huge form of escape. “They want to feel the importance of their own wedding. If it happens in their own backyard they know that they will be upstaged by other Bollywood biggies. Also, abroad, they have no pressure to invite everyone. They can be free and themselves,” says a stylist to Bollywood stars. Cue — Italy. The Italian countryside provides stars with the muchneeded relief from limelight. Rani Mukerjiaditya Chopra secretly tied the knot in Italy way back in 2014. So did Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. “Bollywood celebs fall in love with our countryside villages so rich in traditions. Our unique and vivid cities are made even more precious by the warmth and welcoming smiles of the locals and our mountains, so similar to the Himalayan range. So, who doesn’t want to celebrate one of the best days in life in such a heavenly scenario?” the Italian PM Giuseppe Conte told India Today magazine.
KEEPING IT REAL
Usually heroic on screen, stars like to be real at their weddings. The #Deepveer and
#Virushka wedding pictures proved that they don’t want to miss out on fun at their own wedding. “Social media has become a big critic,” as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who styled the entire #Deepveer wedding, said recently. “Why are we making fashion an unkind business? We are all human beings.” Deepika herself was once asked to pick between a dress and sari for her wedding. “Sari,” she replied, instantly.
THE GOLDEN COUPLE
AT THE ANAND KARAJ CEREMONY
THE KONKANI WEDDING
THE FUN SIDE
THE TRADITIONAL BRIDE
SHARING A SWEET MOMENT