The Mumbai wedding reception of 2017’s most high-profile couple at the St Regis hotel in Mumbai had its share of dhamakas. As dress designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Raghavendra Rathore battled on the social media over Virat Kohli’s bandh gala outfit, Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut, the year’s most controversial non-couple, made sure not to run into each other at the bash.
Rather, Ms Ranaut, never sold on tact, made sure everyone notice her snubbing Karan.
According to one of the evening’s high-profile guests, the awkward moment of the evening happened on the red carpet in front of several embarrassed guests. Says the star-witness who is unaware of the tension between Johar and Ranaut, “Lagta hai donon mein koi tension hai. Kangana was on the red carpet posing with Rekha and Madhuri Dixit when Karan Johar arrived with Sidharth Malhotra. Kangana immediately rushed inside as though she suddenly remembered something urgent. Rekha looked quite taken aback by Kangana’s sudden departure.”
So what happened next? “Nothing. Karan saw Kangana’s showy departure. But he looked like he couldn’t care less. Rekha quickly moved to Karan to pose for pictures.”
The star guest describes Rekha as a “tad over-dressed”. ‘She wore a heavier silk saree and more jewellery than Anushka did at her wedding.” This star-guest also wonders why Rekha was seen at every premiere and party in 2017. “Didn’t she only attend awards functions earlier? Where is the exclusivity?”
The Bachchans arrived sans the lady of the house Jaya Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan, with his hand in a sling, was escorted by daughter Shweta while Jaya was in Delhi attending parliament. Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan also joined them at the function. Anushka’s best friend Ranbir Kapoor seems to have a great rapport with her husband.
Says a guest, “Virat seemed definitely very relaxed with Ranbir, and also with Shah Rukh Khan. The two favourite co-stars of Anushka. Ranbir walked in solo. But it was good to see Priyanka Chopra who we hear had flown in especially for the occasion, and A R Rahman who flew in from Chennai, make a rare appearance with his wife. Siddharth Roy Kapur was seen with his brother Aditya. Where was Vidya Balan?”
While all of Virat’s cricketing pals were present in full glory, Anushka Sharma remembered to invite all her colleagues including her NH10 co-star Darshan Kumar and her PK director Raj Kumar Hirani and producer Vinod Chopra.
Anushka’s producer pal Prernaa Arora of Pari, was present. Apparently the two are planning a major post-marriage project for Anushka that will feature the actress in a dramatic author-backed role.
We can’t wait.