Real-life Crazy Rich Asians wed in Mumbai

Above: The wedding procession outside the Ambanis' 27-storey home. Ms Isha Ambani married Mr Anand Piramal, the scion of another wealthy family. Above: Mr Mukesh Ambani, chairman of oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries, at his only daught
The wedding procession outside the Ambanis' 27-storey home. Ms Isha Ambani married Mr Anand Piramal, the scion of another wealthy family. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Above: The wedding procession outside the Ambanis' 27-storey home. Ms Isha Ambani married Mr Anand Piramal, the scion of another wealthy family. Above: Mr Mukesh Ambani, chairman of oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries, at his only daught
Fresh off their own nuptials, Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and musician Nick Jonas arrive at the wedding.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Above: The wedding procession outside the Ambanis' 27-storey home. Ms Isha Ambani married Mr Anand Piramal, the scion of another wealthy family. Above: Mr Mukesh Ambani, chairman of oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries, at his only daught
Mr Mukesh Ambani, chairman of oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries, at his only daughter Isha’s wedding yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

MUMBAI • Topping anything in hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, the only daughter of India's richest man tied the knot yesterday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace.

Ms Isha Ambani, whose father is tycoon Mukesh Ambani, wed Mr Anand Piramal, son of Indian billionaire-industrialist Ajay Piramal, in the Ambanis' 27-storey home in Mumbai.

Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride's favourite singer. Attendees included Mrs Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state John Kerry and dozens of Bollywood stars, including Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, as well as cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar.

Joining them was a who's who of India's super-rich elite, arriving on specially chartered flights into Udaipur's normally sleepy airport and whisked away in fancy cars. Actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas, who became husband and wife earlier this month, were also guests at Udaipur's City Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola.

Yesterday evening's actual wedding was set to be a more private affair, with about 600 close friends and family, as well as some politicians, expected on the guest list.

There was a high police presence in the south Mumbai area around the Ambanis' home, which is called Antilia and reportedly cost over US$1 billion (S$1.37 billion) when it was completed in 2010.

Indian newspapers have been abuzz with speculation about the total cost of the wedding. Conservative estimates have put it at around US$15 million, while others insist that US$100 million is closer to the truth.

 
 
 

Ms Ambani, 27, and Mr Piramal, 33, got engaged at Lake Como in Italy in September and the high-profile wedding brings together two of India's biggest industrialist families.

Mr Ambani is chairman of oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries. He is worth more than US$47 billion and recently overtook China's Mr Jack Ma as Asia's wealthiest man.

Both the families will hold several other receptions across India's financial capital in the coming days.

The wedding caps a big month for what social media users have been calling "big fat Indian weddings".

The Chopra-Jonas nuptials came shortly after Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh got married.

Not everyone is happy, though.

"Isha Ambani's wedding is a perfect example of the wealth inequality in India," wrote one Twitter user.

"Here, you have one of the richest families in the nation spending so much, while millions still can't even afford food or shelter," she added.

Another person tweeted: "The new standard for a lavish Indian wedding is Beyonce. Imagine."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2018, with the headline 'Real-life Crazy Rich Asians wed in Mumbai'. Print Edition | Subscribe