Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Registered Court Marriage of Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan

Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan (who real name turned out to be Sajid) had a registered court marriage (civil wedding) on 16th October 2012, at Saif Ali Khan's apartment in Bandra, Mumbai. This registered marriage was held at exactly 12.00 pm, after which Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan were officially declared legally married.

The marriage registrar for the court marriage ceremony was Surekha Ramesh, who confirmed the marriage, and said that the three witnesses were Kareena's parents Randhir Kapoor and Babita, and Saif's mother Sharmila. In the marriage certificate Saif's name has been mentioned as 'Sajid Ali Khan', which is actually his real name, according to media reports. During the registered marriage ceremony, Saifeena exchanged rings.

For the registered civil marriage, Kareena Kapoor wore a medium-green salwar kameez, with red chunni, while Saif Ali Khan was dressed casually in a grey kurta-white pajama. Also present at Saifeena's court marriage were Karishma Kapoor (dressed in a white salwar kameez), Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu and a few other close friends and relatives. After signing on the dotted line, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor appeared on their balcony, to greet the media and fans: that's when the above photo was taken.

After the registered court marriage, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan went to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Colaba for a private reception party, where they exchanged wedding vows. According to some sources, a Muslim nikaah ceremony was believed to be held here, but this is not confirmed. Others say that Christian wedding vows may have been exchanged, as Kareena Kapoor once said that she was 'half-Christian'.

For the vow-exchanging ceremony, Kareena Kapoor wore the same heavy royal lehenga choli that Sharmila Tagore had worn for her nikaah ceremony with Saif's father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. This outfit had been gifted to Sharmila Tagore by Begum Sajida Sultan of Bhopal, her mother-in-law.

However, for Karena, this lehenga-choli was slightly altered to look more modern (meaning, that most probably, the sleeves were removed and the neck deepened). As you can see from the photo that the length of the lehenga is quite long and it would have easily fitted Kareena, who is much taller than Sharmila Tagore. Saif Ali Khan wore a brocaded achkan, designed by Raghavendra Rathore. Here is a photo of Kareena in Sharmila's lehenga-choli, which was re-designed by Ritu Kumar.

As this wedding outfit was very heavy to wear, Karina Kapoor changed into another wedding outfit after the vow exchanging ceremony. This dress was a dark red and gold wedding lehenga choli,  designed by Manish Malhotra. The choli was short and sleeveless, just like what Kareena likes to wear. Kareena wore this outfit till the early hours of the morning. Here is a photo of it:

This 'nikaah' vow-exchanging ceremony was attended by Bollywood celebrities such as Shah Rukh Khan/Gauri, Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Karan Johar, Shweta Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor with parents Rishi and Neetu, Fardeen Khan, Tusshar Kapoor (my favourite), Atul Agnihotri and Alvira (Salman Khan's sister), Amrita Arora (Kareena's best friend), Priety Zinta and DJ Aqueel.

Well, nikah or no nikaah, here's wishing Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan a happy married life, and lots of kids!

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