Outrage at lavish Indian wedding: Other Indian weddings that cost millions

Brahmani (right), daughter of Gali Janardhan Reddy, sits with her groom, Rajeev Reddy during their wedding at the Bangalore Palace Grounds in Bangalore.
Brahmani (right), daughter of Gali Janardhan Reddy, sits with her groom, Rajeev Reddy during their wedding at the Bangalore Palace Grounds in Bangalore. PHOTO: AFP/JANARDHANA REDDY FAMILY
Indian mining tycoon, Gali Janardhan Reddy, (centre) is seen on a big screen as he poses with his daughter Brahmani (second from right) and son-in-law, Rajeev Reddy (second from left) during their wedding at the Bangalore Palace Grounds in Bangalore.
Indian mining tycoon, Gali Janardhan Reddy, (centre) is seen on a big screen as he poses with his daughter Brahmani (second from right) and son-in-law, Rajeev Reddy (second from left) during their wedding at the Bangalore Palace Grounds in Bangalore. PHOTO: AFP

The extravagant wedding of an Indian politician's daughter has caused outrage in the country.

Gold-plated, multimedia wedding invitations, performances by Bollywood stars and a wedding backdrop designed by eight directors bumped the cost up to 5 billion rupees (S$104 million).

The five-day wedding of Brahmani, the daughter of businessman and former Karnataka State Minister G. Janardhana Reddy, was criticised as an "obscene display of wealth".

This, as ordinary Indians struggled recently after the Indian government announced that it would suddenly scrap 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes to crack down on undeclared wealth.

But over-the-top Indian weddings are nothing new, as these past nuptial festivities show:

Twin weddings of Sahara chief's sons Sushanto and Seemanto

Back in 2004, the weddings at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh brought Bollywood to a standstill. There were 11,000 people invited to the weddings of Sushanto and Seemanto Roy.

Sushanto, son of Subrata Roy, who heads Sahara, a business empire with interests in finance, airlines, property, media, healthcare and tourism, married Richa Ahuja, the daughter of a former army captain.

Younger son Seemanto married Chandni Singh, an actress.

Then-Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was there, as were stars Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. So many Bollywood celebrities, directors and producers were in attendance that production had to be stopped on many projects.

A total of 101 cuisines from all over the world were served, and 27 company jets and 200 Mercedes cars were employed to ferry guests to the venue - a 120-ha site dominated by a floodlit lake.

The wedding was said to have cost 5.5 billion rupees.

The Mittal weddings

In 2013, groom Gulraj Behl, an investment banker, rode on horseback to his lavish wedding at the National Museum of Catalan Art.

He was marrying Shrishti Mittal, the niece of steel tycoon and billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, in a grand three-day affair.

Chefs from Thailand and India were flown to Barcelona to prepare a sumptuous dinner for about 500 guests. Naturally, there were fireworks, champagne and a six-tiered cake.

The wedding was also priced at up to 5 billion rupees.

There was some debate as to whether this topped what was spent on the wedding of Lakshmi Mittal's daughter in 2004, which some estimates placed at around 4 billion rupees. Another estimate said it was closer to 2.2 or 3.5 billion rupees.

Mittal was then the richest man in India. He is now the 6th richest, according to Forbes.

Vanisha Mittal and her fiance Amit Bhatia, a London investment banker, held their engagement party at the Palace of Versailles and their wedding at the 17th century Chateau Vaux le Vicomte. Kylie Minogue performed at their reception.

Industrial match in heaven

Abhinav Jhunjhunwala, who is based in Singapore, is the son of Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, chief executive officer of Reliance Capital.

He married Prerna Sardna, the daughter of Kolkata jute baron Ghanshyam Sarda, in 2012, in Mumbai.

The union between Berkeley graduate Abhinav and New York State University alumnus Prerna was said to be an arranged marriage.

The star-studded event was attended by politicians, film stars and corporate giants.

Chairman of Reliance group, Anil Ambani and his wife Tina, welcomed guests to the wedding.

There was an international buffet of vegetarian food and Bengali desserts, and the bride arrived on a palanquin, Indian media reports said.

There were reports about the pomp and elegance of the event, but no estimates about how much it cost.

Bollywood "royal" wedding

It was dubbed the "wedding of the century" by the Indian media.

The Mumbai wedding of stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan was attended by 100 carefully-chosen guests, and guarded by close to 1,000 guards and police officers.

Wedding invites were delivered with a box of chocolate meringues.

Two ofthe biggest stars in India, they were determined to keep the affair fairly private.

The three-day festivities were conducted at the heavily-guarded family homes of the couple.

There were "elaborately choreographed song-and-dance routines" including performances by the two stars, reports said.

In a traditional Hindu ritual, the couple walked around the holy fire seven times, binding the couple in marriage for their next seven lives.

The Agarwal weddings

Colombian pop star Shakira performed at the three-day carnival that was Vinita Agarwal and Muqit Teja's wedding.

The celebrations were created by Franco Dragone, the Italian theatre director who works with Cirque du Soleil, British paper The Independent reported.

Vinita is the daughter of industrialist Pramod Agarwal, who is a British-based metals commodities trader and investor.

The 2011 celebrations, held at San Clemente Palace in Venice, were attended by more than 800 guests. There were elephants, horses and gondolas.

The grand affair cost 640 million rupees, NDTV said.

Her sister, Ritika and her husband Rohan Mehta, had their 2015 wedding in Puglia, Italy. Also lasting three days, the event was directed by Olympic producer Balich Worldwide Shows.

British band Florence and the Machine, Bollywood star Pritam, and dancers from the Vienna State Opera performed, said a feature in Vanity Fair Italy.