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Last Updated 22.03.2019 | 12:30 PM IST
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Karisma wedding splits Bollywood

Tinsel town may be a fickle world, but not fickle enough to overlook allegiances and loyalties. Hence, on the eve of the fourth generation wedding in Bombay cinema’s ‘first family’ actress Karisma Kapoor ties the knot with Delhi-based industrialist Sanjay Kapur today the collective hushed toned conversations in filmdom resemble a din. The din and dilemma is over who will seemingly upset another family, the Bachchans, by occupying the 4,200 sq metre tent area for the forenoon Sikh wedding at the Kapoors’ Deonar ancestral cottage. The little background to the present purported predicament? Amitabh Bachchan‘s son, Abhishek Bachchan, was engaged to Karisma Kapoor. The two were reportedly slated for a wedding in September this year a commitment that was dishonoured due to reasons not officially revealed. Many invited to Karisma’s wedding now believe their attendance might sour ties with the Bachchans. Or as an insider put it, This is a way for the Bachchans to know who constitute their family and who are their friends. Though no confirmed lists exist in such cases, sources suggest that those who may decline father Randhir Kapoor’s hand-written invitation, in lieu of the neatly demarcated Bachchan-Kapoor line are, to begin with, Bachchan’s inner troika: Anil Ambani, Amar Singh and Sahara CEO Subrata Ray. Ray’s latter’s apparent decision to not attend is peculiar, considering Karisma is the eponymous star of Sahara’s mega television series. Equally in line, sources add, would be the absence of Ridhima Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor‘s daughter and Karisma’s cousin, who is supposedly close to Shweta Bachchan, Abhishek’s sister who will of course, skip the nuptial ceremony. As will Abhishek’s mates: producer Vicky Nihalani one time boyfriend of Kareena Kapoor (Karisma’s sister) restaurateur Chirag Doshi and the couple Sonali Bendre and Goldie Behl. Again, Behl falls in the centre of the touted divide, since his late father, filmmaker Ramesh Behl, was equally attached to Randhir Kapoor and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek’s mother. Hence, there appears to be a tacit whip in operation and many such as Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar, caught in the quagmire, have chosen to align on Bachchan’s side, sources suspect. Salman Khan, on the other hand, has decided to don his suit for the marriage, though not before offering Abhishek a succinct explanation. As has industrialist Chakor Doshi, a family friend of the Bachchans. Such gossip in film circles notwithstanding, tinsel-town they say is a fickle world, where today’s dividing lines are history by tomorrow. A case in point exists among the Kapoors themselves. In a similar fashion, Raj Kapoor’s daughter Reema Kapoor’s engagement with Kumar Gaurav, actor Rajinder Kumar’s son, had to be called off. However, that did not affect the apparent bonhomie between the Kumars and the Kapoors. So it shall be, we presume with the Kapoors and the Bachchans, in this enduring real-life Bollywood saga. In… * Salman Khan * David Dhawan * Champa and Chakor Doshi * Ritu Nanda, Karisma’s aunt and Shweta Bachchan’s mother-in-law * Twinkle Khanna * Govinda Out…. * Amar Singh * Anil Ambani * Shah Rukh Khan * Karan Johar * Goldie Behl and Sonali Bendre * Shweta Bachchan and Nikhil Nanda * Vicky Nihalani * Ridhima Kapoor, Karisma’s cousin

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