June, as we all know, is known as the month of weddings.
Tying the knot with your partner has to be one of the most beautiful things
in the world, but we desi
s know how
to make our weddings one heck of a party! While normal wedding celebrations
last for a day or two; desi
could take anywhere from between three days to a week, sometimes even more!
From the roka
to the sagaai
to the sangeet
in itself, Bollywood leaves no stone unturned in
making the whole affair appear larger than life! And why not? After all,
Bollywood is known to make things on a grand scale, and such is the case
with the portrayal of weddings on-screen as well. So sit back, relax and read
on as BollyCurry presents to you the different pre-wedding rituals as shown on-screen!
Engagement, or more commonly known as the sagaai
, is the
formal announcement wherein both the bride and the groom formally agree to tie
the knot. While an engagement in itself isn't a formal ceremony in many parts
of the world, many cultures in South Asia view this as an important step
towards marriage. Some families choose to celebrate it as a lavish affair,
while some choose to keep it small and simple, just involving members of the
immediate family. One of the most poignant Bollywood scenes depicting this
ceremony is in the blockbuster film Vivah
where Poonam (Amrita Rao) and Prem (Shahid Kapoor) exchange rings in a simple ceremony
at Poonam's maternal home.
Once the relationship between the bride and groom has been
formalised, then the real fun can begin! First up is the mehendi
where henna is applied onto the hands and feet of the bride and groom to be.
The ceremony stems from the age old traditional belief that henna is one of the
sixteen adornments decorating a bride, without which her ensemble and beauty is
said to be incomplete. In current times, however, henna is applied just to
decorate the bride's hands and feet and to make her look all the more
beautiful. Shagun ki mehendi
is also applied to the groom's
hands, as applying henna is said to be very auspicious for the couple-to-be.
This ceremony is celebrated with a lot of pomp and fanfare, with the relatives
and friends taking to the floor in an impromptu song and dance routine. A
memorable Bollywood mehendi
sequence is seen in the Rani
Mukherjee-Saif Ali Khan starrer Hum Tum
(2004), where the bride
and her friends burst into a song-dance sequence, joined by the bride-to-be's
mother (Kirron Kher) and other older members of the family.
Up next is everyone's favorite pre-wedding ceremony, the sangeet
The South-Asian sangeet
is synonymous to the Western cocktail
party or the rehearsal dinner; terms which are associated with a pre-wedding
banquet hosted by the bride and groom-to-be and their respective families.
Given that South Asians love our naach
, more often than not, this event turns out to be a lavish
affair with all the relatives of the couple-to-be taking center stage to
shake a leg
. The most recent Bollywood sangeet
sequence would be from
the superhit film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
(2013). In this
sequence, the entire company of the bride and groom-to-be shake a leg on the
dance floor, be it the little kids, elderly aunts and uncles, the bride's best
friends or the groom himself; and it ended with the entire wedding party
grooving to the beats of the popular number "Dilliwaali Girlfriend".
ceremony is followed by the haldi
where a paste of turmeric and other organic products are applied onto
of the bride and groom. Turmeric is said to be very good for the skin
applying it onto the body is deemed to bring out the
glow. More often than not, this ceremony is treated as an
instance for friends and young relatives of the couple-to-be to smother
the intended with the paste and just have a lot of fun. However, this
ceremony also brings
out the emotional side in older members of the family as the advent of
ritual kick-starts the actual wedding ceremony. In many Bollywood
seen members of the family sport shining eyes as they apply turmeric
beloved child. Possibly one of the most beautiful haldi
in Bollywood has been shown in the popular film Kal Ho Naa Ho
where Jenny (Jaya Bachchan) and Laajo Kapur (Sushma Seth) are applying haldi
Naina (Preity Zinta). This scene is extremely emotional because both Jenny and
Naina knew that Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) is breathing his last and has helped
Naina marry Rohit (Saif Ali Khan) because of his immense love for her. Possibly
the most beautiful part of the scene is when Aman approaches to apply haldi
Naina's cheek, but ends up pecking her instead. The sad version of the title
track playing in the background only serves to heighten the emotions displayed
in this scene, which is why this scene remains one of the most iconic scenes in
Aside from all these ceremonies, there are a lot more
pre-wedding rituals that are specific to each community such as the roka, kelvan, griha
shanti, all which are equally meaningful and have been
depicted beautifully in Bollywood movies. For obvious reasons, however, it was
not possible to list these ceremonies in this article.
Which is your favorite pre-wedding ritual sequence from a
Bollywood movie? Comment below and let us know! Till then, keep following
BollyCurry for more articles on weddings and Bollywood!
Author: Ritchelle C.
Editor/s: Mohini N. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Shikha A.
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