Salman Khan to be ‘guest of honour’ at sister Arpita’s wedding reception
Salman Khan will be visiting Mandi for the first time.
Six months after the most talked about wedding in recent times, Salman Khan will be the ‘Guest of honour’ at sister Arpita Khan’s wedding reception on May 25. The event will be held at Mandi, which is gearing up for the gala affair. Mandi also happens to be Arpita’s husband, Aayush Sharma’s home town.
Salman Khan, who had just resumed his shooting in Kashmir after getting relief in the 2002 hit and run case, will be visiting Mandi for the first time.
Excited on her first visit, Arpita tweeted on May 22 – “Looking forward to going bk to Mandi (HP) as Mrs Arpita Khan Sharma”. The town is also getting spruced up for the function and a local dham (community feast).
“Salman Khan and whole family, except his father Salim Khan, will be reaching Mandi for the function. While Arpita-Aayush and other family members will reach Mandi a day before (May 24) taking a road trip from Chandigarh—where they will land in the morning,Salman Khan has hired a private helicopter to fly to Mandi from Chandigarh on May 10 alongwith two brothers Arbaaz and Sohail,” says Anil Sharma, Aayush’s father,who is also a cabinet minister.
Initially, it was learnt that state government will provide a helicopter ride to Salman Khan to attend the reception but later, Anil Sharma was conveyed the inability to extend such a hospitality to the Bollywood superstar, fearing controversies .
Though Sharma is reported to have offered to meet the expenses of hiring the government chopper but was left with no option but to have alternate arrangements, which Salman Khan reportedly made on his own, say insiders .
More than 14,000 to 15,000 people, which includes all residents of Mandi town will be attending the ceremony. Anil Sharma’s assembly constituency, political figures, businessmen and prominent figures from all the state will be attending the function at local Gymkhana club.
The Sharma family also engaged local folk artists to perform for the guests next to the main stage –where Salman Khan will make his appearance with the young couple and Aayush ‘s family.
Says SP (Mandi) Mohit Chawla, “We have all necessary arrangements already in place as the event is going to attract a huge crowd. Since it being a private affair,the police have nothing to do except taking care of law and order or traffic mobility on Kullu-Manali National Highway due to tourists season.”
Arpita got married to Aayush Sharma on November 18 last year . Both the families hosted functions for relatives and friends in Mumbai, but the reception in Mandi was postphoned as couple went on a three-week honeymoon, and later brother Salman Khan’s legal complications delayed the celebrations backhome
Earlier she and Aayush had visited Rajasthan, Gujarat and Kashmir –where Salman Khan been shooting .
Mandi,one of the Himachal’s largest towns, is 153 km from Shimla.
Source:: Indian Express