Bollywood-themed wedding one to remember

Like a scene taken from Bollywood, newly weds Dayang Bibi Izzati Shamsudin and Asrul NizamÕs Bollywood-themed wedding shower is a colourful and memorable event. ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

KUCHING: Like a scene from a Bollywood movie, newly weds Dayang Bibi Izzati Shamsudin and Asrul Nizam’s wedding shower was a colourful and memorable event.

Initiated by Bibi’s uncle, Aziz Daud, who wanted to expose his niece to their Pakistani-roots, the Bollywood-themed event was held at a local northern Indian restaurant here on Thursday night.

With the theme, “BB Goes Bollywood”, every guest joined the couple in dressing up in colourful Punjabi suits and accessories.

The bride entered on a “doli” (a Hindi chair used to carry a bride) into the reception hall with drummers and dancers before she took a seat at the dais.

The groom who arrived later had to negotiate his way with two bride maids who separated him and the bride using a veil.

After the bride maids were satisfied with the groom’s sincerity, they lowered the veil so that Asrul could hand a bouquet of flowers to Bibi and sit next to her for the next ceremony, blessings by family members.

While guests enjoyed their dinner, the newly weds and their relatives and close friends danced the night away with popular Hindi songs in the background.

Aziz said he was inspired to throw the party to remind Bibi of her Pakistani heritage.

“Bibi’s mother is of mixed parentage. Our late mother was from Faisalabad of Lahore Province in Pakistan and she was married to a Sarawakian Malay.”

He said in the Pakistani culture, the event was called Mehendi Ki Raat, that would see the hands of the couple beautifully decorated with henna.

“So instead of just having traditional Malay wedding and reception on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I thought why not organise a party that will remind us of our family roots and heritage.

“It took us less than a month to organise this party which is agreed to at the last minute.

“I’m working in Kuala Lumpur and I communicate with Bibi and other family members by emails,” said Aziz.

He noted that Mehendi Ki Raat was rarely observed in Sarawak but it was quite common in the peninsula.

He said they picked Tandori Palace to hold the party because the restaurant’s atmosphere and cuisine fitted their expectation.

An elated Bibi said she felt very honoured, happy and grateful to her uncle and all those involved in preparing the reception.

“It’s a different culture to observe. It has been a lovely and memorable night for me,” she said.

Bibi is the second child of Kuching Resident Abang Shamshudin Abang Seruji and Golnar Daud, while Azrul is the third child of Isa Mahrop and Fatimah Ahmad, who are both pensioners.

Bibi, 25, works as a secretary in a bank while Azrul, 28, works as an executive in a telecommunication company.

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