Jul 2, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
After the traditional wedding celebration at ISKCON Temple, Hema Malini & Dharmendra and Pooja & Vijay Takhtani hosted a grand reception to celebrate the union of Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani. The turn-out was huge, over 2000 guests, and the who’s who from the world of bollywood, business and politics were there. Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, Bollywood Diva Rekha, Sanjay Khan, Zeenat Aman, Jeetendra, Madhuri Dixit, Salman Khan, Tabu and Kajol, Vidya Balan. Politician Chaggan Bhujbal was one of the first to arrive, also present were BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitly.
The whole venue had a very dreamy & white feel with lots of crystals. With so many guests, there was a serpentine line in front of the stage where the newly-weds with their parents greeted the guests. It was a dry day but the lack of spirits did not dampen the enthusiasm in the air, it was bonding time for the bollywood fraternity, and many others had an enjoyable time celeb-spotting. Shera (Salman Khan’s bodyguard) whose company Tiger Security had taken on security management had to repeatedly request the guests not to crowd around the VIP lounge next to the stage. The star of the show was Hema Malini who looked every bit gorgeous in a white saree and who orchestrated such a wonderful wedding celebration for her dear daughter. All eyes were on the sweet-looking sister of the bride Ahana who stayed away from the stage, and was enjoying the company of her friends.
The Dream Girl may have had a very quiet, secret wedding, but she made sure her daughter’s wedding was very different—what was special about this occasion, was that she invited all her close friends to all the functions, making the celebration a grand finale.
Who attended the grand finale, click here to see photographs
Jul 2, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
The Lalit, Mumbai who hosted Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani’s grand reception (as well as the sangeet) served the grandest spread for over 1,000 guests. According to Pradipt Sinha, Executive Sous Chef, Hema Malini spent a lot of time with the team and finally decided that the highlight of the spread should be dishes from three different regions. “Kashmir for its rich food, age-old recipes from Temple city Khajuraho and her favourite- Bangalore’s spicy, vegetarian preparations.”
So if you’re wondering what the guests ate, here’s part of the list!
The starters included crispy chicken salt & pepper strips with barbeque sauce and machli Koliwada. Tandoori aloo, wild mushroom arinchine and kaju muttar ka samosa
There was an oriental noodle soup station. And a huge salad & sushi bar.
The main course featured a taste of Europe, Italian, Kashmiri, Khajuraho and Bangalore. The Europe food counter had oven roasted Pumpkin & potato pave with blue cheese crust, spinach & ricotta cannelloni with parmesan cream & infused basil oil and broccoli with almond butter.
Here are some picks from the other food & dessert counters.
Haakh Gadh (fish chunks cooked with Kashmiri spinach)
Murgh Badam Korma (chicken simmered in almond gravy finished with saffron and cardamom)
Ruwangam Chaman (fried cottage cheese cooked in silky tomato gravy)
Nadur Yakhn (lotus stem cooked in gravy flavoured with royal cumin)
Bundel khandi baingan bharta
Aloo gobhi ki tarkari
Live Biryani Counter
Hyderabadi vegetable biryani
Murgh Husaini biryani
Mirch baigan ka salan
Anar aloo raita
Mangalore and chicken curry
Bisi bela bhat
Live Appam with veg and non-veg stew
Chocolate almond pear cake
Baked cheese cake with seasonal fruit
Badam ka halwa
Jun 29, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Hema Malini’s daughter Esha tied the knot with Sindhi Jeweller Bharat Takhtani at the ISKCON Temple in Juhu. The wedding was conducted as per South Indian traditions, the decor was in orange and green, and a host of carnatic musicians performed while the couple engaged in the rituals over three hours. Father Dharmendra looked very happy while Hema Malini and her two daughters glowed in kanjeevaram sarees and yellow gold jewellery.
Govinda, the restaurant run by ISKCON Temple dished out a spread of their mouth-watering vegetarian delicacies. The menu for the breakfast included idli, mini-uttapams and pongal. There was a chaat counter and the lunch spread was North Indian. The desserts included Malai Kulfi and Ras Malai, there were also sweets from Shree Gangour, who are most popular among Bollywood superstars.
A host of luminaries from the world of bollywood, business and politics were there . Amitabh Bachchan came with son Abhishek. Nita Ambani was accompanied by her sister and mother-in-law Kokilaben Ambani. BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and Jaywantiben Mehta. Guests were given a beautifully made silk batwa containing coconut and beetle leaves (the traditional give-away at auspicious occasions in South India), sandal wood incense sticks and wedding savories & sweets like Adirsam (made of jaggery), Mysore Pak and Murku prepared by A.S. Rajashekar, a Mumbai caterer popular for South Indian catering. The guests also received a booklet titled ‘Make your Home a Temple: Living a Divine Married Life’ specially penned by His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji to celebrate the divine union of Esha & Bharat.
Hema Malini’s cousin Actress Madhoo Shah
Dharmendra welcomes the groom
Mother-daughter duo designers Neeta and Nishka Lulla
Father of the Bride with Wedding Planner Shailesh Gandhi(Discovery Events)
Inside the Traditional, Star Studded Wedding click here to see more photographs
Photographs by DKreate Photography (for Discovery Events)
Esha Deol’s Mehendi Party was a fun-filled affair at Royalty in Bandra, the lounge owned by Shilpa Shetty. Before the party, Bollywood’s favorite Mehendi Artist Veena Nagda visited Hema Malini’s Bunglow in Juhu to decorate the bride’s hands. Salman Khan was present at the Mehendi party and so were many A-list stars. Esha wore a mango-color lehenga choli designed by Neeta Lulla. Bharat wore a yellow and brown sherwani with a waistcoat. A DJ and musical group belted hits for the guests who danced till the wee hours of morning. The food was prepared by a prominent caterer well known for his Punjabi specialities.
The decor was traditional Indian, with lots of white flowers, incense and diyas.
Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani with his brother Devesh who studies in the US. And Esha’s sister Ahana
Photographs courtesy: DKreate Photography (for Discovery Events)
Esha Deol and Jeweller Bharat Thakhtani’s fun-filled Sangeet was held at The Lalit in Andheri (East) Mumbai. Everyone had a gala time watching family and friends on stage. Bharat made a grand entry to the song Jumma Chumma, and later family and friends danced to popular numbers like Tauba Tauba, Dhoom Macha De, Yamla Pagla Deewana and Dream Girl.
The over 500 guests digged into the lavish spread prepared by the chefs at the Lalit- the counters included Goan, Chaat, Thai, Indian and Jain. The dessert spread was equally lavish- Indian mithais, cakes and pastries, the Turkish Baklava was a big hit.
The theme of the decor was red-and-black, with a retro touch and flashing disco balls. Esha wore a traditional ghagra choli in orange, red and indigo designed by Rocky S. Bharat wore a blue velvet sherwani with gold zari work designed by his close friend Simone Khambatta.
Esha’s sister Ahana Deol, Abhay Deol
Genelia and Riteish
The Wedding was managed by Discovery Events.
To see more photos click here
Jun 21, 2012 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Hema Malini’s daughter is tying the knot and B-town is eagerly looking forward to the wedding. Esha Deol and Bharat Takhtani’s wedding card, designed by Mumbai’s famed invitation card company Multi Creation features Radha-Krishna paintings. The inserts for the different functions are placed in an exclusive re-usable gold color box, and have been delivered with delicious dry fruit ladoos. The bag in which the ladoos and invitations box are kept features the couple’s wedding logo- the Lotus with their initials.
The celebrations to be held at different venues commence next week. Hema Malini is of course most busy with the wedding preparations, which are being managed by Shailesh Gandhi of Discovery Events.
Feb 12, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Hema Malini and Dharmendra’s eldest daughter actress Esha Deol got engaged to businessman Bharat Takhtani at an intimate ceremony that took place at Hema Malini’s Juhu bungalow. The theme for the Engagement was pink and white. The guests included family, the couple’s very close friends and Hema Malini’s cousin Madhoo Shah. Hema’s four-storeyed bunglow on 12th Road@ JVPD Scheme was decorated with lots of pink and white flowers, and guests were treated to sumptuous North Indian and South Indian delicacies. The gifts and favors for the groom and the guests were beautifully packaged by Hema’s neighbour Dr Kirti Desai, a popular trousseau packer in Juhu. Later in the evening, the newly-engaged couple hosted a party on their bungalow terrace.
Esha looked very pretty in a pink sari with green embellishments, teamed with minimalist jewellery. Hema Malini when asked about the marriage date told reporters, “it will happen soon and we will make an announcement.”
The who’s who of Mumbai and Delhi attended Gurpal Chawla and Sumeen Singh’s wedding at The Imperial in Delhi. It was so nice to see young and old Bollywood beauties in traditional Indian wear. While the older ones looked more than elegant, the younger ones looked beautiful in their fully clothed avtar. Beige and brown, black and white were the favorite color picks of the guests who revealed how muted colors and understated embroidery look perfect for wedding guests. We loved Shilpa Shetty’s white and gold saree accessorized beautifully with a gold clutch bag. Hema Malini looked young in a pretty pink saree coordinated with diamonds and pearls. Her daughter Esha looked smart in a beige chiffon saree with a black border. Neetu Singh looked stunning in a traditional white salwar kameez with big gold leaf motifs. Pinky Roshan in a dark blue silk saree and the big red bindi on her forehead reminded us that bindis make an Indian woman look very feminine. Ekta Kapoor shunned her usual power look and opted for a brownish beige outfit with dull gold and silver embroidery.