Wedding ceremony of Vanisha, the 23-year-old daughter of London-based
billionaire steel tycoon, Lakshmi Mittal

Paris, June 21, 2004

The Mittal couple promised their daughter a truly spectacular wedding – and Vanisha was treated to a lavish show with costs running up to £30 million.

Amit Bhatia (L) and Vanisha Mittal celebrate at rings ceremony during their wedding festivities at Versailles in Paris on Sunday, June 20, 2004. Vanisha Mittal, daughter of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and Usha Mittal, is marrying London-based financer Amit Bhatia, the son of Renu and Arun Bhatia.

Wedding extravaganza took six-day long, which saw over 1000 guests, including leading Indian industrialists and Bollywood stars, and cost millions of pounds, concluded on Wednesday afternoon at the Grand Intercontinental in Paris.

All VIP guests included the Hinduja brothers Srichand, Gopichand and Ashok, the two sons of NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul, Ambar and Aakash, Reliance chief Anil Ambani and his wife Tina, Vijay Mallya, Anand and Anuradha Mahindra, Parmeshwar Godrej, Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, Sunil Mittal, hotelier Lalit Suri, property developer K P Singh, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, renowned painter M F Hussain, Congress leader Murli Deora and London socialite Ramola Bachchan.

Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar, Bollywood stars performed at the wedding ceremony on Tuesday night while Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Juhi Chawla and Rani Mukherjee had taken the centre stage earlier.

At Catherine de Medici's Jardin des Tuilleries in Paris, the sangeet ceremonyhad performances by Mittal's son, Aditya, and daughter-in-law, Megha, enacting the tale of how 23-year-old Vanisha fell in love with 25-year-old Delhi-born Amit Bhatia


Britain's 4th richest NRI Mittal's daughter to marry


London, May 24, 2004
Resham Bhatia

Vanisha, the 23-year-old daughter of London-based billionaire steel tycoon, Lakshmi Mittal and his wife Usha, is getting engaged to 24-year-old Amit Bhatia, grandson of London socialites, Pasha and Kamal Saigal. Amit Bhatia is the son of property brokers Arun and Renu Bhatia, who are residents of Jorbagh.

Amit Bhatia, an investment banker, studied in London where he stayed with his maternal grandparents. He first met Vanisha when the two of them went to the same college in London . After dating each other for a year-and-a-half, the couple decided to tie the knot.

Vanisha, a talented photographer, has taken her Masters from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). She has recently joined her father's company, LNM.

The wedding will be spread over five days from June 19 to 23. The engagement will take place in Versailles whereas the sangeet, mehendi and doli ceremonies will take place in Paris. The venue for the actual wedding will be the hotel Grand Intercontinental in Paris , the highlight of which will be a banquet for 1,000 guests at the Palace of Versailles .

And now for the hype...The invite is an elaborate 20-page booklet with hand painted images and descriptions of the various venues and functions. The gift accompanying the invite is as elaborate—anintricately carved 5 kg silver centrepiece

The wedding, which will involve a series of traditional Indian ceremonies and a string of lavish parties, is expected to cost several million pounds. After the 'Mehendi' ceremony,, the guests will be treated to an exclusive Bollywood night at the gardens of St Cloud.Against the backdrop of Eiffel Tower will be our star performers: Preity Zinta, ShahRukhKhan and Hrithik Roshan

This will be followed by exotic fireworks and a feast of regional Indian cuisine in a specially gildedBikaner Palace.TheBhatia's will welcome the bride over a Doli Lunch at Hotel Le Grand Inter Continental.

Guests, including Bollywood superstars and the pick of Indian high society, will be flown into the French capital from around the world and will be put up in two four-star hotels throughout the celebrations.

The groom's mother said, "We are only inviting very close family friends and relatives for the wedding in Paris . Later, this year,we'll be hosting a reception in Delhi.".