NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were among the high-profile guests at the wedding reception of star cricketer Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma here Dec. 21.
One of the most talked about couples in India, Kohli and Sharma, who got married in Tuscany, Italy, Dec. 11 in a close family affair after a courtship of over four years, appeared hand-in-hand at the Taj Diplomatic for a photo-op with the media.
According to a guest at the reception, Indian Premier League Chairman Rajeev Shukla and cricketers Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir were present along with their wives.
For the special occasion, Kohli, who helped his wife onto the stage amid loud cheers, was wearing a black bandhgala with a shawl draped on one shoulder to complement his looks.
Sharma was all smiles as she looked every bit the newly-married bride, donning a red sari. With a neatly-tied bun adorned by a gajra, the 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' star completed her looks with heavy jewelry and vermilion.
"Thank you for coming," Kohli told the paparazzi while Sharma did namaste before leaving for the reception party, which was graced by around 500 guests, many of whom were from Kohli’s side, given that Delhi is his hometown.
Ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who designed Kohli and Sharma's attire for their wedding rituals, was also present at the reception.
Interestingly, a special stage was designed for the couple, both aged 29, with candles burning inside crystal fixtures.
The reception was mainly attended by family members, close relatives and friends of the couple amid high security. Police had blocked approaching roads to the venue, especially for Modi and Jaitley's arrival.
Kohli and Sharma had personally invited Modi Dec. 20 to the event.
The reception in Delhi will be followed by another reception in Mumbai, where various cricketers and members of the film fraternity are expected to grace the red carpet.
After celebrating the New Year together, Kohli will soon fly to South Africa for the upcoming series, while Sharma will begin shooting for Anand L. Rai's yet-to-be-titled film with Shah Rukh Khan.