Desi weddings in India celebrate the rich diversity of cultures, and many people are now opting to do away with archaic traditions and outdated assumptions. Bollywood stars have been at the forefront of this change, making warm adaptations to traditional events for their personal weddings. Here are some famous people who did something a little out of the ordinary for their weddings, breaking stereotypes and challenging norms.
Actress Yami Gautam and filmmaker Aditya Dhar had a low-key wedding held in Himachal Pradesh. Yami Gautam chose to wear her mother's saree and a dupatta that her Nani had kept for her, instead of opting for luxury bridal attire. Her sister performed her makeup, eschewing the need for a professional makeup artist. Yami's unconventional choices reflected her individuality and personal style.
Niyati Joshi, daughter of Dilip Joshi famous for his role in "Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasma," had a different approach to her wedding. She married Yashovardhan Mishra, and proudly displayed her silver strands by not dyeing her hair for the wedding. Niyati's self-acceptance and confidence in her natural appearance set an inspiring example of embracing oneself as they are.
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Dia Mirza, a well-respected actress and activist against climate change, along with her husband, Mumbai-based businessman Vaibhav Rekhi, opted for an eco-friendly wedding with minimal decorations. The couple also chose to have a female priest preside over their Vedic nuptials, challenging the traditional male-dominated roles. Dia's wedding was notable for its progressive approach and avoidance of regressive traditions like Kanya Daan and Bidai.
Actor Rajkummar Rao broke gender stereotypes during his wedding with Patralekhaa Paul. After performing the sindoor (vermilion) ritual on his bride, Rajkummar Rao asked Patralekhaa Paul to apply sindoor on him as well, symbolizing mutual affection and shared values. Their egalitarian approach to the wedding ceremony reflected their progressive mindset and belief in equality.
The 'Phoolon Ki Chaadar' is a traditional part of most Indian weddings, where the bride is escorted to the ceremony by her male relatives. However, during the wedding of Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal, her sisters broke gender norms by holding the 'Phoolon Ki Chaadar' and bringing Katrina to the ceremony. This non-traditional approach made headlines and challenged gender stereotypes associated with wedding rituals.