While Shah Rukh Khan was absent at Arpita’s wedding, the Bollywood turnout on the whole was impressive to say the least. People were particularly surprised that Priyanka Chopra turned up.
Says a friend of Salman’s, “She has hardly been a favourite of Salman. I believe she stalled the shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani for two days to be in Hyderabad for the wedding. Bhansali has an expensive set waiting, but she chose to fly out for a wedding where her presence was hardly expected.”
Ironically Bhansali, who was once one of Salman’s closest friends in the industry, was not invited for the wedding. Priyanka was seen mingling with Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala and Kabir Khan, all of whom played hosts. Most endearing of all was Aamir Khan who stayed right till the end and went around ensuring that everyone was comfortable. No member of the Kapoor or Bachchan family attended the wedding.
Among Tollywood celebs, while Mahesh Babu could not attend, his wife Namrata Shirodkar made up for his absence. Apart from Sania Mirza and her sister, Ram Charan and wife Upasana Kamineni, Vishnuvardhan Induri and wife Brinda and Venkatesh and his wife Neeraja were present at the wedding. Rana, meanwhile, was conspicuous with his absence and one wondered if he was busy elsewhere or whether he wasn’t invited.
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The wedding also saw some really cool moments. Not only did Aamir Khan sing and dance a bit for Aati Kya Khandala, but guests also saw his wife Kiran Rao get on stage, sing as well as dance. Mika, who was performing, invited Aamir on stage to sing and Kiran joined in too.
An enthusiastic Mika then called Priyanka Chopra on stage. But unfortunately no one paid much attention to her and she made a quiet exit.