Aditya in dhoti-kurta, Rani wedded in Bengali Benarasi silk
Rani Mukherjee always dreamt of a Bengali wedding and her life partner Aditya Chopra has planned everything according to his bride’s wish and had a traditional Bengali wedding on April 21st in Italy with all rituals from blowing of conch shells to ululation, traditional bot-boron ceremony. Rani has described her wedding a fairy-tale one.
Aditya Chopra is a Punjabi but he made sure that his wedding takes place in a pure Bengali style. He appointed a pundit who knows the Bengali way of wedding and he carried with him all the necessary items that required solemnizing a Bengali wedding.
It is heard that Aditya wore dhoti-punjabi in the style of Bengali groom and Rani was styled purely as Bengali bride. She wore saree in Bengali style and wore alta in feet.
According to a source, "Adi planned his wedding with as much precision as he does his films. He knew that his bride and her family wanted a traditional Bengali wedding, and that's what he gave them. So all rituals were completely Bengali, including the blowing of conch shells, ululation, and where the brother takes his sister on a piri (a wooden seat) around the fire. Before the ceremony started, Krishna (the bride's mother) received Adi into the family with the bor-boron ceremony."
Adi even flew down a pandit to Italy and wore the traditional dhuti-Punjabi (dhoti and kurta) and topor (white conical headgear traditionally worn by grooms as part of the wedding ceremony which is made of shola) that the groom wears. Rani wore a similar headgear called mukut. Both Adi and Rani's wedding clothes were designed by Sabyasachi (as was Rani's wedding trousseau). Rani wore a traditional red and gold Bengali Benarasi silk saree while Adi wore a cream dhoti and kurta with gold embroidery on it. Rani even had white and red dots on her forehead with a big red bindi in the center as Bengali brides wear."
Adi and Rani did the saat paak when the bride encircles the groom seven times, still sitting on the piri with paan (bête leaves) covering bride's face. "The couple even had comes shubho drishti, when the bride finally puts down the leaves and their eyes meet. No Bengali wedding is complete without the ululation and blowing of conch shells and Rani's wedding had that too. Rani wore aaltaa (red dye) on her feet as a Bengali bride is supposed to wear that on her palms and feet."
This secret Bengali wedding was only attended by close family members and friends of Rani and Aditya in Italy. After wedding, Pamela Chopra organized a private dinner party at their home which was totally guarded and camera persons failed to click the newly wedded.After wedding, Rani issued a statement from Italy informing media and fans about her wedding to Aditya Chopra.