Who will be the invited Guests at her Reception and who are expected to attend it.
NOW it can be told, the Sania Mirza-Shoaib Malik marriage that is taking place in Hyderabad on April 15, will have its grand reception not in Dubai or Pakistan as is widely believed, but in Mumbai. Yes, and the date slated for this big-time party to celebrate the union between India’s tennis poster girl and Pakistan’s flamboyant cricketer is April 18th. Apparently, the new venue for the reception was decided on Monday after the Taj in Mumbai announced the reopening of its Grand Ballroom. Careful thought was also given to the list of eminent international guests who would want to bless the young couple and would, naturally, be happier doing so on Indian soil rather than Pakistani.
The Taj is being secretive about the reception plans. Executive Chef Hemant Oberoi will be dashing down in a private jet to Sialkot in Pakistan to meet the groom’s family with his best wedding menus of the last five years. And, Police Commissioner D Sivanandhan has already requisitioned Black Cat commandos from New Delhi to throw a security cordon around the venue on April 18. A celebrity event management company, used to working on the Academy Awards, is putting the finishing touches on the programme. A sangeet of sorts is being planned in which the bride’s good friend, Bollywood hottie Shahid Kapoor, will dance. Then Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania’s tennis partner in the ATP doubles, has expressed the wish to do an item number with his new girlfriend, Bollywood’s sex bomb and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta.
As to who will be attending the reception, that guest list could be anybody’s guess but it has be learned that among the VVIPs will be former tennis superstars Andre Agassi and wife Steffi Graf. Sania has always been an unabashed Steffi fan and the German tennis legend has conveyed that she would be delighted to attend the reception with her American husband. Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan, a mentor of sorts to Shoaib, is also coming. His ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith, who was reportedly fond of the young Pakistani allrounder, may join Imran in wishing Shoaib and Sania better luck than Imran and she had in their own marriage.