Lara-Bhupati to tie the knot in Goa

Tennis star Mahesh Bhupati and Bollywood actress Lara Dutta are all set to tie the knot in a formal wedding ceremony today in Victorian style.

The celebrity couple, who has registered their marriage in Mumbai, has planned a grand reception for 200 invitees at a five star hotel near Sinquerim beach, 10 kms away from here.

Last night, a star-studded ‘sangeet’ ceremony held at Club Fresh on the Candolim beach in North Goa saw people having fun on the dance floor, swaying to Bollywood and Hollywood numbers.

DJ Whosane set the music ball rolling while group Lucent Dossier from Los Angeles performed aerial acts on the occasion.

Media was kept away from the event. A source close to the couple said that Bhupati wanted to keep the sangeet ceremony and wedding out of the media glare.

A big posse of mediamen stationed outside the venue for the ‘sangeet’ failed to get a glimpse of the ceremony.

Lara was wearing a marigold-coloured lehenga designed by Manav Gangwani, and Mahesh was in a ‘chikankari’ churidar kurta at their sangeet.

The wedding today is expected to be a starry affair with Bollywood celebrities including Raveena Tondon, Reitesh Deshmukh, Celina Jaitley, Dia Mirza, Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani and sporting sensations like Rohan Bopanna and Bhupati’s doubles partner Leander Paes along with his wife Rhea Pillai attending the wedding.

Shah Rukh Khan’s presence was not confirmed although there were rumours that wife Gauri Khan is already there to bless the couple, sources said.

The five star resort hosting the wedding has offered a menu of Goan food, Sushi and Thai cuisine for the guests. (PTI)

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