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
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
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 elaborateanintricately
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
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.".