Anu & Sanjay Hinduja's Wedding: A £15 Million Spectacle!

The Jagmandir Island Palace in Udaipur is just as exclusive as its name suggests, but we’re not sure the hotel – which was the setting for the Bond classic Octopussy – has seen many parties more extravagant than the Anu Mahtani Sanjay Hinduja wedding extravaganza. The 50 year old British tycoon Sanjay Hinduja married his childhood sweetheart and fashion designer Anusuya Mahtani.

Before we get into the nitty gritties of the resplendent, no-expense-spared affair (and there is a lot to get into), let’s quickly take a look at who exactly it was that splurged an eye watering 15 million pounds on their nuptials. Enter, Sanjay Hinduja.

The Hinduja Clan

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Widely described in the press as a scion of Britain’s wealthiest family, Sanjay Hinduja is the son of Gopichand Hinduja and nephew of Srichand Hinduja with both men said to be the richest in Britain with an estimated net worth of a cool 11.9 billion Great British Pounds.

A stint at banking giant Credit Suisse was followed by another sojourn at Chase Manhattan Bank, a precursor to his entering the family business as an oil and energy specialist.

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Pre-wedding Mumbai Madness

The Anu Mahtani Sanjay Hinduja wedding prep began a few days before the actual thing, and the pre-party was a week long funtrip. Billionaire Sanjay’s wedding to his long time sweetheart, designer Anu Mahtani, was kicked off with glamorous pre-wedding celebrations on February 6 at the Hinduja mansion in Juhu in Mumbai, following which the girl’s side of the family hosted a party at the resplendent Taj Mahal hotel in the heart of Mumbai. Among the attendees were Devendra Fadnavis, Uddhav Thackeray, Milind Deora and other prominent personalities.

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The lavish ceremonies in Mumbai were just a taste of things to come as the 900 odd guests were then flown into Udaipur by 208 separate private chartered jets (yes, two hundred and eight private jets) and shepherded to their respective exotic hotel rooms in purpose designed BMWs that were – you guessed it – flown in from Mumbai as well.

The hotels which accommodated the myriad guests were of course top-tier, state of the art establishments in the Leela, the Lake Palace, Udai Vilas, the Lalit and The Radisson at which representatives of planners Cox and Kings as well as hotel staff were at hand to welcome and escort the guests.

The First Night

Jennifer-Lopez-and Nicole Scherzinger

Revelries in Jaipur kicked off with a welcome party after which Terence Lewis and group enthralled the audience with a riveting dance performance. The star performer of the night however was none other that ex-Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. The mehndi and sangeet functions also took place later when family members and close friends took to the stage to shake a leg as Bollywood’s darling Arjun Kapoor performed in the palace’s grounds. The bride looked mesmerizing in a pink Suneet Varma creation for her mehndi. Festivities were capped off by a performance by none other than Malaika Arora Khan.

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Second Day, Second Gear

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The following day of the Anu Mahtani Sanjay Hinduja wedding saw festivities kick into a different gear altogether with the much awaited Jennifer Lopez performance, also a highly anticipated affair. The night saw the pop sensation deliver her first (and scintillating, going by reports and tweets of excited B-town stalwarts) performance in India, in what was her first trip to the country.

There was also the small matter of the wedding in the middle, with both bride and groom choosing to go with Manish Malhotra for their wedding attire with Anu looking ravishing in her beige and silver contemporary lehenga and posed for a picture with the ace couturier who also dressed Sophie Choudhary and Preity Zinta for the occasion.

A Star Studded Affair And Final Verdict

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With over 16000 guests said to have taken part in all the festivities surrounding the marriage, the guest list for the extravaganza in Udaipur was nothing to scoff at as well. Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta, Raveena Tandon, Dino Morea, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Sohail Khan, Maheep and Sanjay Kapoor, Deanne Pandey, Alison Woodham, Rashmi Nigam amongst many more.

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So what else is there to say about the Anu Mahtani Sanjay Hinduja wedding; this once-in-several-lifetimes spectacle except that we’re willing to wager that nothing like it will be replicated any time soon, in India or elsewhere. This is The Bridal Box signing off with a fun fact – there wasn’t enough room at Udaipur airport to park all of the chartered planes. This sure was one wedding for the history books!