They made headlines when they were engaged last December, so much so that the entire event was telecast on national TV. Ram and Upasana now aim to make the wedding a much grander occasion
The Guest list
Ram is Tollywood’s heartthrob and will soon be making his way into Bollywood with Zanjeer, so bigwigs of both the film industry have been invited to the grand occasion. Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, who share a camaraderie with Ram’s father Chiranjeevi, are rumoured to be present to bless the couple. Salman Khan came in earlier to wish the duo, as he would not be able to attend the big ceremony. Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are also rumoured to be at the high profile wedding. Upasana, granddaughter of Prathap Reddy (managing director of one of the country’s leading pharma companies), is the Vice President of Apollo Philanthropy, Executive Director of Apollo Life and Editor of BPositive magazine. The Kamineni family has connections in high places and will be inviting the crème de la crème from the business and medical fields to the big celebration too.
If rumours are to be believed, the guest list has now crossed the 14,000 mark. In addition to the guests at the wedding and reception thereafter, Ram and Upasana intend to feed at least 3,000 under-privileged people.
The couple were super impressed by the Royal wedding (William and Kate), and have since dreamed of having a very stylish ceremony with a huge audience. No harm if you can afford it, right? The theme for the nuptials is Shiv-Parvati. Upasana and Ram got local craftsmen from Moradabad and Firozabad to erect the sets with a Nandi and lotus-shaped hand-blown glass as the mandap. They’ve hired artistes from different parts of the country to work on the table linen and flower-weaving.
For the sangeet ceremony, the couple were dressed by Bollywood’s favourite designer Manish Malhotra, with a ‘Night at the Movies’ theme. For the wedding Tarun Tahiliani, who is also a family friend, will be dressing the bride. Tarun also designed the engagement outfits for the couple. Besides the pair, the entire family will also be sporting designer outfits. Designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil are designing Ram’s sister Srija’s outfit for the reception. According to a source, Charan’s family – including Chiranjeevi, Allu Arjun, Allu Sirish and their wives – will be clothed by Hyderabadi designer Shravan Kumar.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 14 at 7.45 am at Upasana’s farmhouse, Temple Tree Farms at Gandipet. After the wedding, a grand reception is being organised for family and friends. On June 15, the couple will marry again, followed by lunch for his fans. The same evening, Ram and Upasana will host another reception for the staff and family of the Apollo group of hospitals.
Apparently Ram and Upasana have only four days to themselves due to his busy shooting schedule. The honeymoon destination has not been decided yet, but Ram claims that it’s somewhere very quiet and peaceful, and in India. Any guesses on where the lovely couple might be headed?