11 dec 2013
Mittal spends Rs 503 cr on daughter’s wedding
The city of Barcelona in Spain came to a near standstill on Sunday and, no, for once it had nothing to do with Lionel Messi and the art of football. It was the day industrialist Pramod Mittal’s daughter Srishti, 26, tied the knot with investment banker Gulraj Behl.
Mittal, as is widely known, is the younger brother of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. The buzz that he splurged €60 million (503 crore’) on the fairytale wedding. The Spanish news portal vanitatis.com claims that this could be one of the five most expensive weddings in history.
According to Forbes , the article added, the wedding is second only to that of Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Princess Salama, which had cost €76.25 million in 1981. As Barcelonians fretted over the near curfew- like situation, brightly- decked up baraatis got into the groove to folk drum beats. A culinary extravaganza was laid out by Michelin- star chef Sergi Arola against a backdrop resembling a seabed.
Of course, Pramod had made special arrangement to retain all of it for posterity. He had even deployed helicopters to capture bird’s eye shots of the wedding. A 60- kg cake, balloons, festoons and dazzling lightwork were the accessories. The wedding — more of a multi- venue live show, actually — spanned sites of historic interest. Reportedly, the Spanish Tourism Board went all out to make the Mittals feel at home while hosting the wedding in the Catalonian capital city.
On account of the festivities, heritage monuments in and around were shut down for the first time ever. Pramod’s lavish function rivals his brother’s penchant for spectacular weddings. In 2002, Mittal reportedly rented Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial for 9 lakh to host his son’s wedding. In 2004, his daughter Vanisha married Indian billionaire Amit Bhatia in a ceremony that is said to have cost ` 240 crore.