Stars galore at Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal regal wedding

Regal wedding of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal dazzles Mumbai
This handout photograph released by Reliance Industries shows Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani (L) taking part in traditional marriage ritual with Indian businessman Ajay Piramal's son, Anand Piramal in Mumbai. Photo: AFP PHOTO / RELIANCE INDUSTRIES

Mumbai: Top Indian and international personalities, film and sports icons, business tycoons, political heavyweights, celebrities and a host of others attended what was described as "a royal wedding" for the scions of two top business conglomerates - Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal - here on Wednesday.

The celebrations started in the afternoon with the traditionally attired groom, Anand, arriving on a mare at the head of a wedding procession (baraat) at the Ambani's towering Antilia residence.

The 27-storied Antilia, said to be one of the most expensive private residences in the world, itself has been decked up like a bride, and the entire stretch from the main road to the building has been decorated since the past few days with multi-hued fresh flowers, colourful lights and festoons to commemorate one of the most anticipated weddings in the country's commercial capital in recent times.

Mukesh Ambani's sons Akash (L) and Anant (R) taking part in a traditional marriage ritual of their sister Isha Ambani (C). Photo: AFP PHOTO / RELIANCE INDUSTRIES

Later in the evening, the grand wedding saw the parents - industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita, tycoons Ajay Piramal and his wife Swati - and others welcoming the high-profile celebrity guests.

Regal wedding of Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal dazzles Mumbai
The marriage procession of Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani's daughter Isha Ambani is seen outside their house in Mumbai. Photo: AFP

Former President Pranab Mukherjee was warmly received by business magnate Anil Ambani, the bride's uncle, while other top celebs like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Praful Patel also made their presence felt.

Industrialist Mukesh Ambani waits for the arrival of the groom Anand Piramal at their residence Antilla. Photo: PTI

Prominent invitees included Bollywood actors like Rajinikanth, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Kiran, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Hritik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty and Vidhu Vinod Chopra et al.

Isha's twin-bother Akash and elder brother Anant Ambani rode out on specially requisitioned horses, in traditional attire late in the afternoon, beginning the nuptial ceremony. Photo: Vishnu V Nair

Besides, Sachin Tendulkar and other sports personalities, top business honchos included K.V. Kamath, Sanjiv Goenka, Deepak Parekh, Sashi and Anshuman Ruia, Adi Godej, Rahul Bajaj and Harsh Mariwala were also seen at the wedding.

Former President of India (L) and Indian businessman Anil Ambani (R) at the ceremony. Photo: AFP

The grand wedding festivities had started several days earlier in Udaipur, Rajasthan which witnessed a performance by Grammy award winning singer Beyonce Knowles, a four-day special 'Anna Seva' and an expo on traditional Indian handicrafts, besides other events for the guests that included many of the biggest names from politics, business and Bollywood.

Superstar Rajinikanth with wife Latha Rajinikanth arrives before the ceremony. Photo: PTI
Veteran cricketer Sachin Tendulkar with wife Anjali and son Arjun arrives at the venue. Photo: PTI
Actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas arrives at the wedding. Photo: AFP
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao arrive to attend the wedding. Photo: Vishnu V Nair
Bollywood actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (L) and Abhishek Bachchan with daughter Aradhya pose for a picture. Photo: AFP
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photo: PTI
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh with wife Geeta Basra. Photo: PTI
The wedding procession. Photo: Vishnu V Nair