Ever since the news of Bollywood heartthrob Shahid Kapoor getting married to Delhi-based Mira Rajput came out, there have been horde of speculations regarding everything with him managing to keep further details under wraps.
It was only until day before (June 30) that few pictures of Shahid Kapoor’s wedding invitation, along with information, were leaked.
Shahid is indeed getting married to Mira on July 7 at The Oberoi, Gurgaon. And Indian Express has few exclusive pictures of the wedding
card. Take a look.
The wedding card is just what you can expect from an actor par excellence Shahid Kapoor – simple yet classy, and elegant yet pompous. Designed in pastel colours, the card has four tiny bottles of honey with two rectangular boxes containing exotic tea bags.
The invite is designed by Delhi-based Ravish Kapoor, who has been into the business for long. He has earlier designed wedding cards for Shilpa Shetty, Ganesh Hegde and Hrithik Roshan.
Indian Express spoke to Ravish and thereby, got acquainted with many more details about groom-to-be Shahid and his tastes.
Q: Firstly, are you supposed to give interviews? There’s so much secrecy around the marriage.
A: Now when the card is out in open, the secrecy is not there any more. And the card was out two days back. There is so much wrong information floating. People are saying he has done the card, or some other person has done the card.
Even during Shilpa Shetty’s marriage, when the card was leaked, Shilpa had called and informed me, that the media would obviously be asking the questions now.
Q: So, this time did Shahid call you up?
A: No, he didn’t. He is very busy. And we are also busy doing his reception card. So, there are two cards. One is the wedding card, which is exclusively for the family members and some close friends and the other is for the reception party that will be held in Mumbai.
Q: So, how did it all start? Did Shahid or Pankaj Kapur approach you?
A:: Actually I was the one who pitched him first.
Q: …When you got to know that he’ll be getting married soon?
A: Yes. So I messaged him, introduced myself. He also didn’t exactly know ‘ki shaadi honi kab hai.’
Q: And when did this happen?
A: Two months back. So, yeah, they came to know about me. I also did the IIFA invitation cards too and Shahid won the Best Actor Award there. Then his parents, Pankaj Kapur and Supriya Pathak, visited our showroom in Mumbai. They gave us a brief ‘simple and elegant.’
Now since Shahid was also at IIFA, me too, so his parents told him, ‘Why don’t you meet him there?’
We were staying in the same hotel too. And then we took over from there. We landed in Mumbai at the same time too. Thereafter, we had a meeting again. We had about two to three meetings and everyhting was decided.
Q: How involved was Shahid in the designing process?
A: Shahid was very particular about everything – font, colour. He doesn’t like Gold and he had told us to use minimum of Gold. So if you notice, we have written only his and Mira’s names in Gold.
Then, he was the one who suggested us to keep tea in the box. His father Pankaj jee is like a connoiseur of tea, so we discussed with him too. The tea bags kept in the box are not the regular ones. We made a special blending and packaged them. And we kept the best quality honey in the bottles.
Also, while we were picking these things up, we didn’t tell anybody for who we were doing this. I think now when the news is out, they’ll come to know that all of this was for Shahid.
Q: So when was your last meeting with Shahid and the card finalised?
A: I think it was on June 13.
Q: And by when were the card samples ready?
A: The card was ready within days, but the inserters were taking time. Also, there was some confusion over the venue, guests, number of functions etc. It’s a Bollywood wedding and there’s a lot of confusion always. Shahid is a very private person, anyway.
Q: When did you hand them the readied cards?
A: Day before I guess. And just after that, the pictures were leaked.
Q: So they have started distributing the cards day before i.e. on June 30 only?
A: Yeah. Because they feared that it might be leaked. And it did get eventually.
Q: So there are just two functions? One in Delhi and other in Mumbai?
A: We are making cards for two. Wedding cum reception on July 7 in Delhi and reception for Bollywood people on July 12 in Mumbai.
Q: And how many copies have gone into print?
A: About 500 combining both functions.
Q: I think the best part about the invite is that there are names of both – Neelima Azim and Supriya Pathak – his biological mother and step mother – on the card.
A: Yes. That’s so graceful. He has given respect to both of them. When we were designing the card, that day only he told us. ‘Both are my mothers and both names should be there.’ He also said Neelima jee’s name should be above and then Supriya jee and then Pankaj jee.
In fact, earlier we had planned to design a logo and place it near the peacock on the front cover. So I we kept “S” above “M”. He didn’t like it. He said, “Either ‘S’ and ‘M’ should be at the same level, or ‘M’ should be above.”
He even asked us to keep Mira’s parents’ name topmost. He was very particular about everything, about the peacock’s design, shape, direction, everything.
Yeah, seems so. The humble, suave and gentlemanly Shahid Kapoor is finally getting hitched and has, by far, been able to keep the finer details about his marriage under wraps. Some we have been able to decipher, some we will.
And as the D-Day is round the corner, Indian Express wishes the superstar all the luck for his life ahead.
Keep watching this space for more exclusive updates.