Bollywood loves to experiment with portraying the same thing in
different ways and weddings are no exception. While most reel weddings
have similar elements, there are numerous nuances that distinguish one
from the other, leading to no two weddings being the same. There are
only so many ways the same
traditions can be portrayed, but there are always enough differences to
make sure that audiences realize that they are at totally different
weddings. While Bollywood tends to celebrate reel weddings with much
pomp and grandeur, most real
weddings end up not being as lavish
or loud as the parties shown in films. However, we can all agree that
every reel wedding is an event that us Bollywood fans have been lucky to
witness. To remind us once again of these opulent celebrations,
BollyCurry presents to you a variety of weddings that have
been showcased on screen in Bollywood.
The dream destination wedding of Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) to Taran (Kunaal Roy Kapur) in Yeh
Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) was a fun-filled and colorful extravaganza. From
the nach-gaana, to the mehndi function, to the sangeet,
and the traditional Hindu wedding, it was a lavish affair. The event ended with the
traditional bidaai, where the bride cries as she bids her friends adieu.
Kalki looked gorgeous in her traditional attire throughout all the functions.
Jhilmil, played by Priyanka Chopra. was adorable in her traditional attire for
the Bong wedding ceremony to Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor) in 2012's Barfi!. The
function itself was kept relatively simple, perhaps for the authenticity of the
characters' disabilities, but the traditions were followed fully. Compared to most
weddings in films, this was a small and straight-forward event, but nonetheless
2 States (2014) portrayed an Iyer
wedding between the Tamilian Ananya (Alia Bhatt) and the Punjabi boy
Krish, portrayed by Arjun Kapoor. The wedding was an amalgamation of two
cultures and the traditions of both, and Alia's wedding look was
reflective of this. Her sari was a fusion of the North and the South, as
were the songs used throughout the film. Very rarely are dual-culture weddings
portrayed so wonderfully on-screen, and this one was truly beautiful to witness.
Technically, the wedding between Jazz (Katrina Kaif) and Charlie (Clive Standen) never took place in Namastey London (2007),
but since all
the functions right up to the giving away of the bride at the church
place, we felt that this beautiful western wedding deserved a place on
this list. A white wedding is a
less intense affair than the colorful Indian weddings Bollywood is known
but no less gorgeous. Katrina's wedding gown and Clive's smart suit, the
elegant decorations, the walking of the bride down the aisle by her
father were all wonderfully depicted. It is another matter altogether
that the bride ran
away from the altar - but she looked gorgeous doing it nevertheless!
In Jodhaa Akbar
(2008), two weddings took place to signify the joining
of two different nations and their two very different beliefs. The first was a
traditional Rajput wedding, complete with all the functions and customs
attributed to it. Jodha (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) was resplendent in her
finery. The second was a traditional Muslim nikaah
, and once
again, both Jodha and Akbar (Hrithik Roshan) were regal and stunning.
were portrayed as larger than life, as such a Royal wedding would have
been. The occasion aptly captured the union of not only a Rajput
princess and a Mughal emperor, but also two nations.
There have been so many different weddings in Bollywood over the years,
and so many different cultures portrayed. From lavish arranged affairs, to love
affairs, to elopements - nothing has been untouched by the film industry. A fairy
tale wedding, after all, is the most beloved end for the romantics among us.
Writer: Aradhna K.
Editor(s): Fatima W. and Gunia M.Graphics:
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