As the year draws to a close, we look back at the celebrity weddings that were the talk of the town.

From ChaiSam to Priya Mani-Mustufa 2017s biggest celebrity weddings down south
Flix Entertainment Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 19:31

2017 saw a number of stars from the south Indian film industries getting hitched. While some chose to keep their special day a low-key affair, others opted for a grand wedding in the presence of friends and family.

Here's a list, in no particular order, of couples who got married this year.

Samantha and Naga Chaitanya

One of the most talked-about weddings of the year was of actors Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Naga Chaitanya, who got married in October.

The Tollywood couple had a Hindu wedding and a Christian ceremony in Goa. They later threw a grand reception in Hyderabad.

Image source: samantharuthprabhuoffl/Instagram

Image source: samantharuthprabhuoffl/Instagram

The two had met on the sets of the 2009 hit Ye Maaya Chesave. However, the two reportedly fell in love during the making of Autonagar Surya in 2014. And in 2016, during a romantic beach vacation, Naga Chaitanya is said to have popped the question.

Amulya and Jagadish

Actor Amulya, also called the golden girl of the Kannada film industry, got married to Jagadish R Chandra, son of GH Ramachandra, a politician and former Corporator of Rajarajeshwari Nagar on May 12.

Image source: Amulya & Jagdish/Facebook

Several politicians, as well as actors from the industry, attended the wedding including M H Ambareesh, Home Minister G Parameshwara, Union Minister H N Ananth Kumar Puneeth Rajkumar, Shivaraj Kumar, Upendra, Yash, Darshan, and Sudeep.

The couple had been introduced to each other by Sandalwood star Ganesh and his wife, Shilpa.

"Jagdish's family and my family have known each other through Shilpa ma'am and Ganesh sir. We had met socially at functions but had never interacted much. It was Shilpa ma'am who suggested my name when she heard that Jagdish's parents were looking for a match for him. We both hail from the same community and our horoscopes were matched as per the wishes of our elders," Amulya said after her engagement in February.

Yogesh and Sahitya

Kannada actor Yogesh got married to his longtime girlfriend Sahitya, an IT professional, on November 2.

Yogesh and Sahitya used to live in the same neighbourhood. According to reports, when the Duniya star proposed to Sahitya for the first time, she had turned him down. But over time, the two fell in love.

Image source: Twitter

"Sahitya is not from the film industry and works in the IT sector. Having been in showbiz and knowing nothing but cinema, I was impressed by how she didn't get wide-eyed about actors or tinseltown. Simple and grounded, she has a firm head on her shoulders and her qualities have rubbed off on me too," the actor had said earlier when asked about his relationship.

Akshita and Manu Ranjith

In October, Tamil actor Vikram’s daughter Akshita got married to Manu Ranjith. Ranjith is the son of C K Ranganathan, the Chairman of beauty conglomerate CavinKare.

Manu is also the great-grandson of DMK President M Karunanidhi.

The couple had reportedly been dating each other for some time before exchanging wedding vows.

Namitha and Veerandra

Former Bigg Boss Tamil contestant and actor Namitha married producer Veerandra Chowdhary at a temple ceremony in Tirupati in November.

Their love story began after the two met on the sets of a Tamil movie, and they dated for a year before Veerandra proposed to the Engal Anna star.

"I met Veer on the sets of my film and liked him. I liked his behaviour and his respect towards people in general. Slowly, as we got acquainted, he started growing more and more close to me. One day, he took me to a candlelight dinner and proposed to me. He surprised me completely and before that, we have known each other for a year. As I knew him well enough, I agreed to his proposal. Then I started to know him even better and I am happy to be his life partner and make him mine," she said.

Soubin Shahir and Jamia Zaheer

Malayalam actor and director Soubin Shahir got married to Jamia Zaheer, said to be a marketing professional, in a private ceremony in Kerala in December.

Image source: soubinshahir/Instagram 

The couple had kept their relationship under wraps for a long time. However, after an online portal published a report claiming that couple were seeing each other, the Paravaa director took to Instagram to confirm their engagement.

 

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Siju Wilson and Sruthi

Actor Siju Wilson, who shot to fame for portraying the role of Joju in Alphonse Puthren's super hit Premam, exchanged vows with his longtime girlfriend Sruthi in Kochi in May.

The couple had a Hindu wedding ceremony in the morning and a Christian one in the evening.

 

Siju and Sruthi <3

Posted by Jees John Adukuzhiyil on Sunday, 28 May 2017

Among the guests who attended the event were Nivin Pauly, Alphonse Puthren, Shabareesh Varma, Sshivada Nair, Balu Varghese, Krishna Shankar, Sharafudheen and director Lal.

Gauthami Nair and Srinath

Malayalam actor Gauthami Nair married director Srinath Rajendran at a private ceremony, which was held in Alappuzha in April.

Srinath was the director of Gauthami’s debut movie Second Show. However, their story is anything but filmy.

"We have been really close friends right from our first film Second Show. We never planned anything and there was nothing like 'down on the knee' proposal. We have been buddies for a long time, and share a great rapport with each other. One day during a conversation, we casually talked about sharing a life together. Well, what could be more beautiful than having your best friend for a life partner?" she had said.

Priya Mani and Mustufa

In a low-key ceremony, actor Priya Mani wed her boyfriend Mustufa Raj, a businessman, in Bengaluru in August.

The couple opted for a court marriage and later threw a reception for friends and family.

"We opted for registered marriage because we are from different religions. It's simpler if we register our marriage instead of going the traditional way. It was a decision taken with each other's consent, and it was the right thing to do," the Paruthiveeran actor said.

Image source: Priya Mani/Twitter

Priya Mani first met Mustufa at a CCL match in Bengaluru.

"Mustufa was a fan of the Bengal Team and I was the ambassador of CCL. Bengal team failed. We met, introduced ourselves and left. Nothing special happened that day. The next venue was in Kerala and we met again. That day while leaving, Mustufa asked my mobile number. Initially, we talked through messages once in a while but slowly, it became an everyday affair. Gradually, we became friends," she had said in an interview.

After Priya Mani announced her engagement last year, she was viciously trolled online for choosing to marry a Muslim man. 

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