Wednesday evening was a classy affair at the Leela Palace in Bengaluru where actors Deepika and Ranveerâ€™s much-awaited reception took place. Apart from the Padukones and Bhavnanis, the guest list included the who's who of Bengaluru including Badminton star and Olympic medal winner PV Sindhu, former cricketer Anil Kumble and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand. Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Infosys chairperson Sudha Murthy were in attendance, with their mothers. After Sudha Murthy, Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and Rohini Nilekani walked in for the reception.
At 7:40 pm, the newlyweds walked down the marble staircase into the Collonnade, the banquet hall of Leela, to greet their guests. A simple dais in red and gold was set up for the couple with two golden chairs and a huge wreath of red flowers in the backdrop.
Dressed in a pale gold Sabyasachi saree and complimenting green jewellery, Deepika stunned the crowds in her reception attire which was a gift from her mother Ujjala Padukone. Ranveer, on the other hand, was dressed in black and gold bandh gala which is a Rohit Bal creation, perfectly complimenting the bride.
They stood close together, an arm around each others' back as the shutterbugs flashed all around them. Food included Mutton Biriyani, curd rice with pappadams, paneer, fish and chicken tikka, rasam and gulab jamun and moong dal halwa as dessert spread.
While the reception went on smoothly inside, outside the Collonade, several fans, well wishers and media thronged to catch a glimpse of the couple.
Security was tight at the venue with the hall cordoned off from the rest of the hotel. A little away from the entrance to the Collonade were women in identical white and gold Indian attire, checking the invites. Each invite had a QR code and the details of people it could admit. The hotel staff as well as the wedding planner crew were on their feet to ensure that the guests could get their invites scanned and enter smoothly, but also to manage the crowd that had gathered outside.
The Bengaluru reception was decided to be an intimate event for their family and friends. However in a sweet gesture, Deepikaâ€™s father Prakash Padukone along with Ranveerâ€™s dad invited all the staff from Deepikaâ€™s The Live Love Laugh Foundation (the actorâ€™s NGO to help those with depression) with personal invites.
Following this, the couple will fly to Mumbai where a grand reception awaits the film fraternity.