By Neelam Jain Last Updated:
After a five-year relationship, when Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor finally decided to settle down, the celebrations were unmatched. Style, luxury and regal were the keywords of this high-profile wedding that had the shutterbugs on their toes.
As their blissful union completes four years, we recall the magnificent moments from the big fat wedding that crossed religious and age boundaries. Let us unfurl the story of the Bollywood’s chote Nawab and his Begum, Kareena Kapoor Khan.
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Kareena was born in a Punjabi Hindu family to yesteryear actors Babita and Randhir Kapoor. Whereas, Saif spent his childhood in a Muslim atmosphere, being the son of Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore. Even though they both are following different faith and have different upbringing, their marriage broke the narrow prism of religion, culture and even age.
The couple decided to tie the knot with due respect to each other’s religious views. In the earlier marriages of the Pataudi family, women have converted into Islam to marry their significant other. Saif’s mother Sharmila did so too. But, Kareena was not up for any such religious conversion and her decision was backed by her beau. Apart from love, it seems tolerance and acceptance is the key reasons behind this beautiful inter-faith union.
Saif and Kareena’s love story led to a lot of tabloid fodder. Prince fell in love with princess Kapoor, on the sets of movie Tashan. Though their chemistry on-screen was not that powerful, but their real life love became quite fascinating for all. They started dating in October 2007 when Kareena-Shahid's relationship was at its bitter end. They had an instant attraction, and slowly and steadily fell in love.
Five years and numerous wedding speculations later, the two got married on October 16, 2012. This star-studded affair lasted for an entire week. Take a look:
The wedding carnival of this power couple kick-started with a grand sangeet ceremony. The bride and the groom’s families and friends got together to celebrate the outset of a new bonding. The evening was marked with music, dance and masti.
The terrace party was held at Kareena’s Bandra residence. Buddies Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora, Shakeel Ladak and Tusshar Kapoor shimmied to well-choreographed moves by Karan Johar. There was an array of dance performances to popular Bollywood numbers dedicated to the lovely couple. The terrace venue was covered to prevent media getting a snoop.
Here is a special video where you can see who all attended Kareena and Saif's sangeet ceremony, and who wore what? Take a look:
The next chapter of the wedding celebration was marked by the colour of henna. Kareena in a pretty pink saree set the tone and note for the mehendi ceremony, where Saif looked dapper in a bandhgala. The mehendi ceremony was coupled with a private dinner for family and friends, which took place in Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Apart from the ritual-rich and crowded ceremonies, what united the couple eternally was the formalisation of marriage with paperwork. A simple registered marriage took place at Saif’s residence.
Earlier it was rumoured that the couple would go for a nikah. But, on the D-day we got to see their secular outlook towards their marriage. They just exchanged vows at the Taj Mahal Hotel. There were no saath pheras and they did not follow any particular style of wedding. The marriage was more about breaking the stereotype. As we said before, Kareena did not change her religion after her marriage. She only went on to change her last name, and is now known as Kareena Kapoor Khan.
The after-marriage bash was a vibrant affair. Around 150 selected guests attended the celebration. B-town celebs like Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri, Sonam Kapoor with dad Anil Kapoor, Amrita Arora with husband Shakeel Ladak, Priety Zinta, Karan Johar, Tusshar Kapoor, and many more upped the starry quotient of the evening. Family members including Randhir Kapoor, Babita, Karisma Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor with wife Neetu Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan, along with Saif’s daughter Sara and son Ibrahim were seen in a joyous mood.
Well, here is a small video that will tell you who all attended Saif and Kareena's grand wedding reception in Mumbai:
A traditional dawat-e-walima was organised by Sharmila Tagore in Delhi. This traditional Muslim ceremony is a way of introducing the newlywed couple to the society. This also marked the culmination of a five-day wedding gala. Celebrities from the world of cricket, Bollywood and politics graced the Mughal-themed reception. The bungalow decorated in cream and gold, antique props, jasmine floral decor and traditional brass hanging diyas added a delicate spice and romance to the wedding ambiance.
After five-day long wedding affair, the new bride was welcomed into the new family at Ibrahim palace, Saif's ancestral home. It was another beautiful ceremony that ended with a traditional family feast and merriment. Saif’s children and sister Soha accompanied the newlywed to the mansion, along with mother Sharmila Tagore.
Saifeena (as their fans fondly call them) are enjoying the holy bliss of matrimony to the fullest. Nothing has changed ever since they fell in love and got hitched till date. The love spark is still there and hopefully will never ever die. The couple keeps vacationing together with each other's friends and family.
Recently, Kareena in an interview revealed the condition on which she agreed to marry Saif. Here's what the actress said:
“Today I am a wife and all my life I will work and earn money and my husband will support. That is the only condition (on which) I married Saif,”
And most of all, Kareena Kapoor Khan shares an amazing bond with Saif and Amrita (Saif's first wife) kids, Sara Ali Khan and Abrahim. Talking about her 'BFF' sort of equation with Sara, Kareena shared in an interview:
"We're like best friends. Saif refuses to come out with us. She's my bar hopping partner. I enjoy my equation with her. They are the most well brought up children."
Yes, you read that right! Only those who have been living under the rocks would not know that Kareena and Saif are expecting their first child together. The sabse chota Nawab is all set to come into this world in December.
The proud papa-to-be himself announced this news and gave all Saifeena's fans a reason to rejoice. Here's how Saif declared this happy news:
"My wife and I would like to announce that we are expecting our first child in December. We would like to thank our well-wishers for their blessings and support and also the press for their discretion and patience."
In fact, the couple has already started shopping for the little one and they shopped a lot of stuffs at Harrods in London.
The best part of Kareena's pregnancy and this new phase of her life is that she is setting all benchmarks for the other preggers. She has now also become a style icon for all those ladies who are expecting. And most of all, the way she is handling both personal and professional lives is simply commendable. Kudos to the girl!
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Even though, Saif and Kareena grew up in different cultural backgrounds, yet there seems no compatibility problem till date. Even after four years into their marriage, these two famous lovebirds have set an inspiring tone for the new generation, regarding interfaith marriages and respect for their partners.
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