The five-day wedding celebrations of actors Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor culminated in a grand Mughal themed reception in Delhi with political and Bollywood bigwigs in attendance. Prime Minister's wife Gursharan Kaur, Union ministers Farooq Abdullah, Rajiv Shukla and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sitaram Yechury of CPI-M, BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, lyricist Prasoon Joshi and actress Nandita Das were among the early guests to arrive at the reception that began around 8 pm at a spacious government bungalow at Aurangzeb Road.
"Bless the couple and join in our happiness," Sharmila, wearing a gold saree and teaming it up with green jewellery, told reporters. "The venue, the decor is not important. What I am wearing is not important, the marriage is. We are all very happy. There was no reception in Mumbai, just the marriage. We danced, we had a lot of fun. There is no celebration in Pataudi, not now at least."
"We may have something later. Abhi sab thak gaye hain. Abhi daal-chawal ka time aa gaya hain. (Right now we are all very tired and want things to be simple.)" Antique props were used to decorate the venue. "The theme is off-white and gold with mogra flowers. We have a stage set up inside and it is all in mughal style. We have used antique props, about 200 years old for the decoration," said Tipsy Anand from event management company Good Earth.
Insiders said Kareena (32) wore a Manish Malhotra dress, while Saif (42) donned a Raghavendra Rathore creation.