Marriage is no more a roadblock for Bollywood beauties and this year five actresses, including Genelia D’Souza, Esha Deol and Lisa Ray, tied the knot with their long-time beaus. Reigning queens Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan too joined the bandwagon.
Also, it has been a welcome change to see actresses doing everything traditionally – either within their homes or at temples.
We give you a lowdown on Bollywood actresses’ weddings of the year:
Kareena Kapoor – Saif Ali Khan
Bollywood ‘heroine’ Kareena Kapoor shut gossip-mongers when she sealed her four-year-old relationship with actor Saif Ali Khan on Oct 16. The revelry was as big and fat as one would’ve expected, but there is no doubt that it turned out to be a well-guarded event. Whether it was a pre-wedding rooftop bash, a simple registered marriage affair, a ‘nikaah’ ceremony at various venues or their grand ‘Walima’ (reception) in the national capital – Saifeena gave a fairy tale effect to their romance – with the privacy they rightfully deserved.
Vidya Balan – Siddharth Roy Kapoor
“Ooh la la” girl Vidya Balan’s nuptials with Disney UTV managing director Siddharth Roy Kapoor turned out to be another classic case in point for a celebrity’s “private affair”. Attended by close friends and family members, the Dec 14 wedding in Mumbai was as simple as it could be – weaving together both – Siddharth’s Punjabi and Vidya’s Tamil traditions.
Genelia D’Souza – Riteish Deshmukh
Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh set out on their Bollywood journey together with Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. Who knew that would be the start of a life-long journey for them. One of Bollywood’s cutest real life couples, they managed to keep tight-lipped about their relationship for almost eight years. They had a Maharashtrian-style wedding Feb 3, followed by a simple church wedding. Their wedding reception, of course, was attended by almost the entire Bollywood film fraternity.
Esha Deol – Bharat Takhtani
Esha Deol married her businessman beau Bharat Takhtani on June 29 in a traditional south Indian ceremony, complete with women in classy Kanjivarams, at Mumbai’s Iskcon temple. A Krishna devotee, Esha preferred to keep her nuptials low-key, though a star-studded mehendi took place a day earlier and a reception followed a day after their wedding.
Lisa Ray – Jason Dehni
Indo-Canadian actress Lisa Rey exchanged wedding vows on Oct 20 with management consultant Jason Dehni in California’s Napa Valley, where they had also got engaged. Lisa had said in an interview that they wrote their own vows and only exchanged garlands as that’s how her father wanted it. She chose only Indian designers to craft her trousseau for her special day – she wore a gown by Wendell Rodricks, and later changed into a Satya Paul sari.