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“If I were an Ambani, then I would have definitely bought this!” You must have heard this from a plenty of friends and you, yourself must have said so, a couple of times in life! And why wouldn’t you? Have you ever heard of a pre-wedding party, wherein Beyonce is invited to perform and Hillary Clinton is invited as a guest? Only the Ambanis can make it happen! (Do Read: Isha Ambani's Mumbai Residence Antilia Is Decked Up For Her Big Fat Wedding With Anand Piramal)
One of the richest men in this planet, Mukesh Ambani’s daughter, Isha Ambani is all set to get married to her childhood friend and now fiancé, Anand Piramal in a lavish wedding ceremony and we can’t keep calm! From building sets for a puja, preparing floating stages, having top-notch Bollywood celebrities as background artists, to flying the whole of Bollywood to Udaipur for the couple’s pre-wedding ceremonies, the Ambanis are truly living upto their surname when it comes to celebrations!
Isha’s pre-wedding festivities had kickstarted from December 07, 2018 when her stylists and people belonging to the glamour world had started flying in for the pre-wedding at Udaipur. With the celebrations spread over a period of almost one week, have you ever calculated how much the Ambanis must be spending for their beti ki shaadi? Get ready for the shock of your life, while we reveal the total expenditure of the Ambanis! Believe it or not, as per a Bloomberg report, the family of Richie Rich’s are spending around $15 million, which estimates upto a whopping amount of Rs 70 crore for the wedding! This might have given you a complete mini-attack!
And why wouldn’t it cost so much? The Ambanis have ensured that there is no fall-back on the mehmaano ki khaatirdaari! To give you all a flashback of all the extravaganza that the Ambanis did, close to 40 chartered flights have been scheduled for its availability for the wedding. Apart from the flights, the Ambanis and Piramals have booked all the five-star hotels of the city (Udaipur for the pre-wedding) and over a thousand luxurious cars (Jaguars, Porches, Mercedes, Audis and BMWs) will be made available at their guest's disposal! After the pre-wedding festivities, the entire troupe of families will fly back to Mumbai, where their wedding is all set to take place at the Ambani household in Antilia on December 12, 2018.
Not just the Ambanis, but the Piramals are also not left behind when it comes to riches. As all of you already know that Isha puts up with her parents in the 27-storey Antilia in Mumbai, which is also considered the second-most expensive private property after Buckingham Palace. Reports have it that the Piramals have gifted their bahu and son, a Rs 450 crore, five-storey sea-facing bungalow in Worli! The couple will reportedly move there after their wedding. Mesmerising, isn’t it? (Also Read: Ishqbaaaz Actress, Additi Gupta's Wedding Celebrations Begin With A Tilak Ceremony)
Coming back to wedding expenditure, the Ambanis hosted an ‘Anna Seva’ from December 07-10, 2018, wherein they had been feeding 5100 people, three times a day. Apart from this, they had also set up a Swadesh Bazaar (an initiative of the Reliance Foundation), which had showcased “108 traditional Indian Crafts and art forms from all different regions of the country for the national and international guests”, thus keeping Indian art crafts alive.
An official statement that that came from the Ambanis, contained details about the Anna Seva and Swadesh Bazaar. The same could be read as, “As a mark of respect and gratitude to the city of Udaipur, and to seek their blessings for the upcoming wedding of their daughter, the family has commenced a special “Anna Seva” - taking up the auspicious task of feeding 5100 people (majority of them with special abilities) three times everyday from 7th to 10th December, to coincide with the pre-wedding functions of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal on 8th & 9th December. Family members, including Mukesh and Nita Ambani, Ajay and Swati Piramal, Isha and Anand were present at this Anna Seva function, serving people and interacting with them. The Anna Seva functions will continue for four days, from 7th to 10th December and will be performed three times a day at the Narayan Seva Sansthan, Udaipur."
The statement could be further read as, “In addition, the pre-wedding festivities will also see the setting up of a specially curated exhibit called the Swadesh Bazaar that will showcase 108 traditional Indian Crafts and art forms from all different regions of the country for the national and international guests. Presenting the art will be master craftsmen and craftswomen themselves, who are keeping these traditional arts alive. Creating an interesting experience as also an immersion into India’s cultural heritage. Swadesh Bazaar is a unique concept to encourage the craftsmanship of traditional Indian artisans, especially for a lot of indigenous crafts that need conservation and revival and have been supported by Reliance Foundation over the years. The Foundation aims to broaden and deepen its support to the goals of Swadesh Bazaar on a bigger and more sustainable scale in future.”
The statement concluded with, “From the rich Kanjeevaram, exclusive Patola, intricate Chikankari to fine Bandhani, exhibits cover over 30 types of textiles and weaves. Depicting folktales and local legends, artists will showcase ancient painting forms like Gond, Madhubani, Phad, Warli and Thangka. Weavers, potters and sculptures from all around the country will make this a mega-celebration of art and culture. This unique exhibit has not just provided livelihoods to thousands of such artisans, but also giving an opportunity to showcase their rare works from every nook and corner of India, for people’s interest, appreciation and support.” (Also Checkout! Unseen Pictures From Priyanka Chopra And Nick Jonas's Christian And Hindu Wedding Album, Look Divine)
Also, as per the ‘Forbes India Rich List 2018’ as expected, Isha Ambani’s father, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries, rules the list with a net worth of Rs 371,000 crore! Yes, you read that just right! The heiress of the Reliance Industries, Isha Ambani is now an engaged lady to Piramal Industries Executive Director, Anand Piramal. Don’t you want to know where they rank on the list and their net worth? Isha’s in-laws, the Piramals have been ranked as 24th on the list with a net worth of Rs 38,900 crore. Whoa!
Well, with a total net worth as the Ambanis, the total wedding expenditure looks like a meagre amount to them! What say, folks?