While there have been many famous and lavish Indian weddings in and outside the country, the marriage of Janardhan Reddy’s daughter Brahmani on November 16, 2016, was one of the most discussed weddings for its extravagant spending- an expenditure touted to be over Rs 500 crore.
According to reports, the bride, Janardhan Reddy’s daughter Brahmani, wore a saree worth Rs 17 crore on her D-day along with jewellery which was Rs 90 crore. According to an estimate, more than 50,000 guests attended this lavish wedding.
Reportedly, the wedding invitation had an LCD screen which played a song picturised on the Reddy family who could be seen inviting their guests to the wedding.
The five-day extravagant wedding celebration took place at the Bangalore Palace Ground. Reportedly, the guests arriving at the wedding venue were taken from the gate in 40 luxury bullock carts.
Art directors of Bollywood films designed many sets of Vijayanagar-style temples. The dining area was designed like Reddy’s home town, Bellary village.
According to media reports, about 1500 rooms were booked by the Reddy family in all the five and three-star hotels in Bangalore.
Notably, over 2000 cabs and 15 helicopters were hired to transport the guests from their hotels to the venue. Around 3000 security personnel were deployed at the venue.
The marriage‘s expenditure also became a topic of discussion in the Parliament where the opposition raised the extravagant expenditure incurred by G. Janardhana Reddy, who was jailed in the mining scam.
Notably, the marriage had taken place after demonetisation and was targeted by all the Opposition parties, including the Congress, because Janardhana Reddy had been a minister in the BJP government in Karnataka.
The then Congress MP Anand Sharma had questioned the Narendra Modi government in Parliament that from where did Reddy get Rs 500 crore to spend on the wedding.