Wednesday, March 07, 2007
More details of Liz Arun wedding.
MUMBAI: By 10 pm the fancy cars had begun rolling up to the Godrejs Juhu bungalow as partytime approached for the power and page 3 crowd. Reports have it that the London festivities at the Oomerbhoys for newlyweds Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar ended in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. But that didn't seem to dampen any of the enthusiasm as the newlyweds, their 100 or so foreign guests and Mumbai's A-list Page 3 crowd headed for Parmeshwar Godrej's do late on Tuesday. The media brigade was also on hand outside the venue for the black-tie affair, patiently waiting for soundbites and glimpses of any of the star cast, if not the lead actors themselves. The ubiquitous men in khaki were also on bandobast. Though reports said that Sir Elton John's good friend, David Furnish, accompanied Hurley and Nayar to Mumbai, there was no news of the singer himself making an appearance. "But he may just airdrop from the sky like he did at the wedding in Gloucestershire,"joked a Bollywood actor, who said he'd be sorely disappointed if he didn't get a chance to meet the singing legend. Zeenat Aman, who lives opposite the Godrejs, made an early appearance. One heard that the industrialists'brigade, including Gautam Singhania and the Ambanis, along with Bollywood heavyweights like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, were to make later appearances. "Parmeshwar asked us to be there between 10 and 10.30,"said one of the guests. The Bollywood brigade was expected by11. Talk is that Shah Rukh, who had to wrap up a celebrity episode of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'with Sanjay Dutt at faraway Filmcity, would reach only past midnight. Others, like Arjun Rampal, who was said to have flown in especially from Kolkata, was expected to arrive with friends Sanjay Kapoor, Chunky Panday and Karan Johar. "Mallika Sherawat's name is also on the guest list, but she can't make it because she is in the US,"confirmed a trade insider. Many of the party guests were also scheduled to fly to Jodhpur on Wednesday afternoon and stay on till Friday for the Indian-style wedding reception at the Umaid Bhawan Palace and the Meherangarh Fort. Something to the tune of Rs 8 crore to Rs 10 crore is reportedly being spent on the festivities at Jodhpur. The theme—a marriage in heaven—is meant to recreate the magic of a celestial wedding.