Digging Deeper | Three Weddings and a Funeral - 2018 in Indian Entertainment
The story of the Hindi film industry this year was as befuddling as Sriram Raghavan's Andhadhun where nothing was as it appeared to be. And when the only predictable blockbusters were filmy weddings starring Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas.
These extended celebrations "broke the internet," engaged frenetically tweeting fingers and awe-struck eyeballs, and spawned destination wedding dreams and couture schemes for brides to be. (Clue: It's Sabyasachi or go home)
This was the year when the queen herself (Lady Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter, Leader of the Beyhive and Saviour of the Masses) entertained guests at Udaipur during the big fat Ambani Sangeet, some superstars served food at the wedding hosted at Antilia (India's answer to Buckingham Palace), Lata Mangeshkar emerged from retirement to record the Gayatri Mantra for the very same wedding, and at least one (much critiqued and later deleted) article in The Cut, claimed that Priyanka Chopra was a global scam artist.
The now withdrawn piece also implied that her nuptials - and those we presume obviously included that 75 ft long veil - were fake and part of an elaborate marketing exercise. Was it? We don't know. The attending staff at the Taj Lands End would feel too bad if their "jijaji" turned out to be a publicity stunt.
Much more happened, including the untimely death of one of the brightest stars of the country, and these stories are what we will present to you in a few acts on this edition of our yearend podcast series. Three weddings and a funeral, and everything in between, on this episode of Digging Deeper with Moneycontrol.