Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor, who had a civil marriage on Tuesday, are not having a religious wedding, sources close to them said.
“The two families have instead opted for small religious ceremonies to seek divine blessings,” a friend of the couple said.
After a havan and a Christian exchange of vows in Mumbai on Tuesday, a dua will be held in Pataudi on Friday. “Friday is jummavar, an auspicious day,” the source said.
“There was an initial suggestion from Saif’s extended family in Bhopal that Kareena should convert. But later Kareena’s immediate family and Saif’s sat together and decided to do away with any conversion or religious wedding to avoid controversy,” the source said.
Kareena’s father Randhir Kapoor said on Tuesday: “I request all fans of Kareena and Saif to wish the couple a happy marriage... We are happy that they married without any conversion. Here two lovers have got married....”
Maulana Armaan Khan, a Mumbai-based qazi, who attended Saif’s first wedding, said: “Saif’s earlier marriage to Amrita Singh was also not a nikaah but a court marriage.”
With some of Saif’s senior relatives miffed, the wedding is not without the family tensions that accompany any Indian marriage.
“Sharmilaji is a bit tense with all this. With Kareena not keen on a conversion, a nikaah as per Shariat is not possible. But the house of Pataudi has to live by social and religious rules as well, especially since Saif’s sister Saba is the muttawali of the family-run waqf trust in Bhopal. She (Sharmila) is missing her husband’s presence amid all this,” said the family source.
The couple, now at the family’s Vasant Vihar bungalow, are expected to go to Pataudi early tomorrow to pay their respects at Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s grave before the evening reception in Delhi.
The reception venue on Aurungzeb Road will be decorated with fresh mogras because “Kareena just loves mogras”.