If there’s one family in the country that hasn’t been crippled by a cash crunch following the demonetisation announcement, then it has to be the Gali Janardhana Reddy family.
The mining baron and former Karnataka minister, who is an accused in several money laundering and illegal mining cases, has spared no expense, effort or imagination to host the biggest, fattest wedding that Bengaluru has ever witnessed for his daughter, Brahmini.
So, while thousands of Bengalureans are waiting in line across banks in the city, hundreds unable to afford a meal, Janardhana Reddy is reportedly spending a whopping 500 crore rupees on his daughter’s wedding.
The four-day ostentatious affair, which began on November 12 with a mehendi ceremony will culminate in an outrageously extravagant wedding on November 16.
For starters, Janardhana Reddy, who reportedly believes he’s the reincarnation of the 14th century Vijayanagara King Krishnadevaraya, has recreated the Vijayanagara empire on 36 acres of land at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru.
The wedding of the year will also, if rumours are to be believed, see the King Khan of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and Prabhu Deva perform. The newspaper estimates that 30,000 guests will participate in the wedding festivities, with 1500 rooms in star hotels booked to accommodate them, while 2000 cabs will ferry them to the venue and back. 15 helipads have also been set up to fly-in VIP guests.