The Virushka Delhi reception has been so resoundingly ‘Delhi’ – all rambunctious fun and dancing like no one’s watching! That, however, was later. The evening had started off on a stately note as the nation’s current fave couple Anushka and Virat appeared for a photo-op at the Hotel Taj Palaces Raja Baugh area. The fans thronging the venue outside waited for a glimpse of the golden couple, while the media assembled within for the photo-op went into raptures at how chivalrously the bridegroom helped his beautiful bride ascend the dais.
Her hair in a neat mogra gajra-encircled bun, Anushka was radiant in a traditional red and gold Sabayaschi sari, with a heavy palla. Resplendent in all the trappings of the beautiful Indian bride, with jadau jewellery, chooda and sindoor – who could tear their eyes away from this picture of grace! Virat, a fitting foil to her flaming beauty, channelled his inner prince in a black achkan and white churidaar, a gorgeously embroidered shawl adding grace to his elegant ensemble.
The grand reception was attended by a host of big names, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other movers and shakers from the political circuit. Around 500 family members and friends congregated to celebrate the wedding which had taken place on December 11 in Tuscany. And they did it in resoundingly Indian style, helped along by a live performance by the noted Punjabi singer, Gurdas Maan, famous for his songs like ‘Dil da mamla hai’, ‘Dil saaf hona chahida’ and ‘Masti’.
By then the formality of the evening had evaporated like a dewdrop on a leaf in the summer heat. This was saddi Delhi, Virat is its very own puttar, and with the Bhangra music pumping out loud, everybody and their nani had to dance like crazy at this super-duper wedding! And by everybody we have to say the bridal couple absolutely led the fun here. Virat showed off his graceful moves surrounded by his adoring aunts. But it was Anushka, heavy sari et al, who took to the floor like a champ, bopping like there was no tomorrow! She even picked up a stray note from a currency shower that was being unleashed, tucked it into her mouth, and carried on with her killer moves. Yep, ‘Dil da mamla hai’, alright!