Highlights of Anant Ambani & Radhika Merchant’s Pre-Wedding

The three-day extravaganza of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding has come to an end. We look at the highlights.

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"My family has gone all out to make me feel special."

Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s three-day pre-wedding event has come to an end and it will be a talked-about one.

Taking place between March 1-3, 2024, the event saw over 1,200 guests attend.

From Shah Rukh Khan to Mark Zuckerberg, high-profile figures from all walks of life travelled to Jamnagar in Gujarat for the event.

The pre-wedding festivities officially kicked off with the ‘Anna Seva’ event.

As part of it, food was served to around 51,000 villagers, with footage showing Anant serving food to locals.

VIPs then began arriving for the celebrations.

Check out the highlights of the event.

Day 1

Highlights of Anant Ambani & Radhika Merchant's Pre-Wedding

The event began with a speech from Mukesh Ambani, welcoming guests and saying:

“I urge all of you to sing and dance and feel young at heart again! I will try hard too.”

Anant then delivered an emotional welcome speech that left his father emotional.

He said: “My family has gone all out to make me feel special.

“Everyone has been sleeping for less than 3 hours a day for the last 2-3 months.

“My life has not been entirely a bed of roses. I have experienced the pain of thorns and faced many health issues since childhood, but my father and mother have never let me feel that I have suffered.

“They have always stood by me.”

For day one’s ‘An Evening in Everland’, Anant Ambani opted for a classic black tuxedo while Radhika Merchant radiated in a custom Versace gown.

The stunning dress was created only one other time, for Blake Lively for the 2022 Met Gala.

Drones painted the night sky with a mesmerising light show centred on the rescue, treatment, care and rehabilitation of injured, abused and threatened animals.

It also showcased the love story of Anant and Radhika, who have known each other since childhood.

The night became even more enchanting with the Vantara Show, where the guests marvelled at the beauty of the animal kingdom.

But the biggest moment of day one was Rihanna’s performance.

Reportedly paid over £5 million, it was the pop superstar’s first time performing in India.

Guests danced and sang to the likes of ‘Diamonds and ‘Wild Thoughts’.

A viral video also showed Rihanna dancing with Janhvi Kapoor.

Sharing the video, Janhvi wrote:

“This woman is a Goddess. Stop it…goodbye.”

Rihanna later responded: “Love you.”

Day 2

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Day two of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding celebration saw the events ‘A Walk to the Wild Side’ and ‘A Potpourri of Desi Activities’.

Both offered guests a unique experience.

Beginning with a visit to the Ambani’s animal rescue and rehabilitation centre, guests were encouraged to wear “jungle fever” outfits, emphasising the wildlife theme.

Anant donned a maroon silk shirt, imprinted with botanical design coupled with birds. 

Meanwhile, Radhika opted for a blue cheetah print dress with a matching hat. Nita Ambani was seen in a leaf-green button-down shirt with funky trousers.

The visit aligned with the recent announcement by Reliance Industries and Reliance Foundation about the Vantara (Star of the Forest) programme, aimed at aiding injured, abused and threatened animals.

Following the wildlife walk, guests were treated to a variety of traditional South Asian activities at ‘Mela Rouge’, with the dress code being “South Asian attires”.

This segment was a vibrant celebration of cultural richness and diversity.

As the second day entered the night, it reached new heights with an electrifying performance by Diljit Dosanjh.

Joining him on stage were Bollywood icons Shah Rukh Khan, alongside his daughter Suhana Khan, as well as Ananya Panday, Shanaya Kapoor and Navya Naveli Nanda.

Day 3

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The final day of festivities was all about dancing and having a good time.

Guests first had a touch with nature in ‘Tusker Trails’ where they explored Jamnagar’s green expanses.

Later in the day, guests donned traditional Indian attire for the Hashtakshar ceremony.

In a tribute to tradition, Nita Ambani performed a mesmerising rendition of the Vishwambhari Stuti.

The performance held profound significance for Nita Ambani, who has cherished the hymn since childhood, especially during the auspicious occasion of Navratri.

Nita’s performance transcended mere musical expression, as she poured her heart and soul into invoking the divine blessings of Maa Ambe for Anant and Radhika’s forthcoming journey of togetherness.

She also extended her heartfelt dedication to her granddaughters, Aadiya Shakti and Veda, recognising them as embodiments of feminine energy and resilience.

Her performance served as a tribute to the vitality and spirit of all young girls, symbolising the enduring power of womanhood.

Additionally, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan took to the stage and danced to the Hindi version of ‘Naatu Naatu‘ from RRR.

They began using their scarves as make-believe towels between their feet.

At one point, Aamir broke into a step and Salman and Shah Rukh followed.

As the beat of ‘Naatu Naatu’ increased speed, SRK led Aamir and Salman into another dance move.

Aamir later took the microphone and declared:

“Guys, this is the dance song for Radhika, Anant and the entire Ambani family.”

“Wherever you are, get out of your seats and dance!”

Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s pre-wedding celebrations were certainly unforgettable.

Preparations are now underway for their wedding, which takes place in July 2024.

Given that the pre-wedding was extravagant, one can only wonder how big the actual wedding ceremony will be.

Check out amazing pictures from the event in our gallery:

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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