It was one of Pune’s most eagerly awaited weddings, which is why it’s so incredible that both the high profile families involved managed to keep it so “understated” that not so much as a whiff getting out in the media. Well we can tell you that the marriage of Atul and Arti Kirloskar’s daughter Aditi with Akshay Sahni — he’s the brother-in-law of Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima — took place in the last week of November. Such was the secrecy that even several prominent Pune families known to the Kirloskars did not find mention in the very private guest list.
So while the Mittals of the world can continue to push the other extreme, it’s almost as if the rest of corporate India is rediscovering the beauty of simple, traditional affairs with no apologies for the lack of ostentation — or the lack of paparazzi. So much so, that even almost three weeks after the wedding, even the select invitees are still waiting to see the pictures taken during the ceremony by the in-house photographers — though we managed to find one of Aditi (pictured) on the day of the haldi. It may be recalled that Aditi was earlier engaged to marry her buddy Rohan Seolekar in 2009 but the December wedding had been hurriedly called off after his father, Pune-based builder Anil Seolekar, allegedly assaulted two local journalists less than a week before the wedding celebrations were scheduled to begin.
The widely respected Kirloskars have always been known to be media shy — especially Aditi — and the ugly controversy which resulted in Seolekar senior’s arrest had completely jarred the family. We’re assuming that forgettable experience was at least part of the reason why they’ve been extra careful to keep the nuptials well below the media radar this time around — at least as long as they could. In retrospect, even the engagement in February earlier this year had been a closely guarded, family-only affair. Here’s wishing the newly weds a long and happy married life ahead.