Coldplay, The Chainsmokers, and Bollywood: Aren’t the Ambanis Too Basic?

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Coldplay, The Chainsmokers, and Bollywood: Aren’t the Ambanis Too Basic?

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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t feels like only a few months ago that we experienced (secondhand, natch) the magic of Isha Ambani’s nuptials with industrialist heartthrob, Anand Piramal. It began with the elaborate invitations, whose unboxing videos were roughly as long as an episode of Game of Thrones. There followed a steady stream of public congratulations, and sentimental poetry that was, lamentably, put into print. The media it seems, has not tired of speculating breathlessly on Ambani weddings, as they’ve gone hunting for the next off-the-wall Ambani affair, complete with a trio of dancing Khans and a million photo ops with Nita ben. They’ve got their chance now that Isha’s twin brother Akash and Shloka Mehta, who is a humble diamond heiress worth mere millions, are tying the knot.

It’s an inspiring story of love that has already graced us with, yes, more poetry in the form of a wedding invitation (sample line: “you are the light in our Akash, you illuminate our every Shloka”), and a Harry Potter themed pre-wedding event that looked like an off-brand Cirque du Soleil. There were performing acrobats, witches’ hats for the attendees, the requisite hashtag. No doubt the same bots who were hired to fawn over the Isha-Anand wedding pictures on social media will be out in full force, trying desperately to make #AkuStoleTheShlo a thing.

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