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22 February 2024

Big fat Dubai wedding: Bollywood and Musharraf

Shah Rukh Khan (L), Kareena Kapoor (C) and Arjun Rampal (R) attend the premiere of the Bollywood film 'RA.One' on October 25, 2011 in London, England. (GETTY/GALLO)


Was it only a simple year-end vacation that drew many Bollywood celebrities to Dubai last week or did they have some business planned with pleasure? 

The Bollywood stars had plans of attending a high profile event when they flew down to Dubai. However, this plan remained by and large under the wraps.

Some of the B-town's biggest stars made a beeline for the city when the year drew to an end - from the badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan to the ruler of hearts Hrithik Roshan.

Shah Rukh was accompanied by wife Gauri and the kids and they all decided to ring in the New Year in their Palm Jumeirah villa.

Hrithik and Sussane Roshan, along with Arjun and Mehr Jessica Rampal and their kids also joined the Khans in their festivities.

But Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal and Hrithik Roshan also attended a high-profile wedding on December 30 during their stay here in Dubai.

They made special appearance at the wedding of Pakistan media mogul Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman's daughter, who tied the knot with the son of an investment banker who has made inroads into the media business. And the grand event happened in Dubai.

Atlantis Hotel was the main venue for the wedding reception where stars and famous personalities had gathered. But the icing on the wedding cake was when Shah Rukh Khan walked in with Kareena Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Arjun Rampal.

Just before SRK walked in another VVIP, former Pakistan President Musharraf, had been lapping all the limelight.

But King Khan's entry saw the spot light shift and the guests went hysterical. The stage nearly collapsed under the onslaught of fans and the screams of joy could be heard a mile away and beyond.

An eyewitness told Emirates 24|7 that an announcement was soon made that the screams were from SRK’s admirers from Lahore and Karachi to which the SRK quipped, “And I am a Muslim from Peshawar!” More screams of joy and enthusiasm were heard when SRK spoke to the guests.

Reportedly the Rahmans also wanted Katrina Kaif to attend the wedding but failed to convince her. Katrina has been holidaying with her family in London.

Earlier, on December 27, at one of the pre-wedding functions, the family and friends were joined by Bollywood’s Sonu Nigam on karaoke.

On December 28, at the 'Mehndi' ceremony, guests were entertained by five well-known Bollywood singers including Sonu Nigam, Udit Naryan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sadhna Sargam, while Shaan made a special appearance.

With the wedding season on in full gusto, the stars are in high demand. High-profile weddings leave no stone unturned to have celebrity presence and the stars oblige as well since they get paid handsomely for simply greeting and meeting the wedding crowd.

Wedding coordinators refused to comment when asked about the compensation the stars receive when they make such special appearances.

However, it cannot be denied that it is a win-win situation all the way for the stars.