Make way for the grandest wedding of the year. The controversial Gupta family, South African business tycoon brothers, Ajay and Atul Gupta who hail from Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh are ringing in their sons' wedding ceremonies in Auli, Uttarakhand.
The Guptas shot to fame for having "controversial relations" with the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. They are one of the most influential families in South Africa with a business empire spanning computers, mining and media.
On Thursday Ajay, the eldest brother married his son Suryakant to Delhi-based diamond merchant's daughter in the ski resort of Auli, The Cliff Top hotel.
The marriage was one of most extravagant weddings the hill station has ever seen. The function was graced by Uttarakhand former chief minister, Harish Rawat and other industrialists.
The evening also saw the presence of more than half a dozen Bollywood artists, including Katrina Kaif and rapper Badshah.
Katrina permformed to Sheila Ki Jawaani from Tees Maar Khan.
Badshah entertained the guests by singing Chull from Kapoor and Sons.
Now, what the guests are looking forward to next is Saturday when Sashank, son of younger brother Atul, will tie the knot with the daughter of a Dubai-based businessman at the same venue.
A number of helicopters have been deployed to ferry guests from Dehradun till Joshimath, and the cable car is being used to reach Auli.
In Auli, barring one homestay, all hotels have been booked for the weddings, which started on June 17 and will go on till June 22. The main venue is decorated like the valley of flowers.
The Guptas were instructed by the High Court to submit Rs 3 crores as "security" which would freeze if found guilty for violating environment protocols. As per the High Court's orders, only 150 guests are allowed in the function.
Under the strict orders of the Uttarakhand High Court, a group of 13 officials are monitoring the functions and also video graphing events at Auli.
Talking about this 200-crore wedding happening in Uttarakhand, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "We intend to make Uttarakhand a niche marriage destination. The place where the event is taking place is not an alpine meadow area, therefore, the controversy is unnecessary. This should be seen as an investment opportunity and as an exercise to promote Uttarakhand as a wedding destination."
We can't wait to see more pictures and videos from this lavish wedding!
Featured Image: Economic Times, The Indian Express, Jagran
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