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Aditya Narayan and His New Bride Speak To Subhash K Jha

Aditya,Your marriage is a  big hit. People  just can’t get enough of it?

Ha ha, What  can I say, except thank you. I am blessed.

How  was the wedding reception? Did you drunk-dance  or just-dance?

 The reception wert really well. In  fact all the  functions  went off smoothly, The wedding celebrations were an ideal blend of what  Shweta wanted and what  I wanted.

What  did you want?

A wedding with just my parents , her parents  and Shweta(laughs). I wanted  to do just one  temple wedding and that’s it. We would have saved  lots of money.That’s the way  I am.Shweta wanted  a little more  on the guest list. Because  of Covid we managed   just the  number of people we both  wanted. I’ve to hand it to my cousins . They really pulled  off the entire thing so well. My wife also wants me  to give her credit. So  I better  acknowledge her contribution.Seriously,she worked really hard.All the ladies worked really hard.

How do you  look back on the  entire wedding celebrations ?

It took  weeks to prepare for  the  celebrations. And then the week-long celebrations   just flew by. I am very very thankful that most of my friends and  my father’s friends from the  entertainment industry showed up for at least  one of  the  wedding events. Some of my best friends are  delivering babies outside India so they couldn’t attend.  My bachpan ke dost and people I look up to were there.

How much did the  Covid restrictions restrict your guest list?

We spaced out the guest list in such a way so to not break the Covid rules  of 50 guests  per  event.  The  last thing we  wanted was the authorities to show up  and shut us  down  after  so many  months  of  preparation and hard work. The reception was clubbed with the sangeet. The food was fabulous. In fact everything went  perfectly.The reception was  from  7  pm  to 11 pm. Then we had the sangeet.Honestly  it was  everything  we had worked for and  hoped for.

So drunk-dancing?

Well, I’ve become a one-drink guy at social dos now.As soon as I’ve  one drink I am fine. I did get really emotional watching everyone’s dance performances because I had made sure not to watch them rehearse. So the  whole thing was an hour-long surprise for me. My wife had  prepared a dance. My parents danced!!!  Oh my God!!! I teared up. But I didn’t let anyone see my emotions . That’s not me.

So you are  happy with the wedding  festivities?

Very.  You  see  our first  and primary  concern  was  to keep the events Covid-free. We didn’t want  anyone  to fall sick, and that  didn’t happen.So many times during the  celebrations I  thought that nothing should spoil  the culmination  of   ten years  of our  togetherness. Of course all relationships require hard work. But the last thing we wanted was  for  the  Covid  to  play the villain(laughs) and ruin it all. I am really really glad that we succeeded in having all the wedding festivities with no Covid.

Touchwood.

Yeah touchwood.It’s been some days since the  celebrations  and everyone is healthy. Most of my relatives have  gone home.We are really proud   we pulled it  off that we  managed  all of his during these troubled times.In fact the hotel had warned  us that we wouldn’t be allowed music after 11 pm. But we went on  playing music  until almost 2 am . We were a well-behaved  bunch of wedding revelers.

What  about those who couldn’t show up for the  celebrations?

They’ve sent  really nice gifts and made up for their absence. I’ve no complaints. What about you, Shweta?

(Aditya’s wife joins in)

Shweta: Right  from the start I wanted a wedding with  a hundred guests even before the  Covid thing. I never knew this Covid thing would happen.  But I wanted a small wedding.Even when the dancing went on , we were just around 20 people.

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