Vidya Balan is one of the greatest actresses of our time. A Padma Shri recipient, she has changed what it means to be a heroine in present day Bollywood, and has already left an indelible mark on the industry through her excellent portrayals of strong female characters, and in the way that she has unwaveringly carried herself right from the outset, even when her career was in its nascency. Never one to care too much about the opinions of the media or the public at large, or even her co-workers in some instances, the star actress has inspired many a lay person and starlet alike with her laid-back public image, dress sense and her refusal to be pigeon-holed into and characterized by a standard definition of what it means to be a Bollywood actress.
Her acting has won her many plaudits, with the accolades ranging from the National Film Award for Best Actress for 2011s Dirty Picture, and five Filmfare Awards over three categories, including three wins as Best Actress for Paa (2009), The Dirty Picture (2011) and Kahaani (2012).
Siddharth Roy Kapur comes from the other side of the cinema spectrum. An MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), he himself is the son of a former beauty queen Salome Roy, who choreographed dance sequences in Bollywood. His brothers Aditya Roy Kapur and Kunaal Roy Kapur are both well known actors.
He is renowned for the way he led the excellent marketing campaigns for eventual cult classic Rang De Basantiand sleeper hit Khosla Ka Ghosla. As CEO of Motion Pictures for UTV, he has been involved for all aspects of creativity, development, production, marketing, distribution and syndication for a whole host of films like Dev D, Rajneeti, Peepli Live, No One Killed Jessica, Delhi Belly, Paan Singh Tomar and more. His current role sees him as managing director (MD) of Disney India, which takes precedence along with his endeavours as producer.
The Beginnings Of A Stormy Romance
The story of the Vidya Balan Marriage begins with a chance meeting. The duo met each other for the first time backstage at a Filmfare Awards ceremony and things just clicked like they sometimes do. Siddharth who has been previously married twice was reportedly as smitten by Vidya as she was impressed by him, and as it so happened, the two exchanged these views with each other.
Siddharth’s company then happened to be working on No One Killed Jessica, which also of course, happened to star Vidya Balan as well. Word of the two love-birds hit the media even before the movie saw a date with the theatres.
While the two of them denied any romantic involvement with each other (or anyone else), the duo were spotted getting cosy in Goa’s world famous Baga Beach, at which point there was not much the couple could do to deny rumours.
The world first got confirmation of their cosyness when she spoke with a major news outlet from Melbourne, Australia where she was promoting the Indian Film Festival. She admitted that she had someone in her life, and when pressed a little by a media hungry for details, she caved and admitted that Siddharth Roy Kapur was indeed the one she was seeing, before going on to hastily add that there was no engagement ring or Wedding date in the picture.
While that was no lie, it wasn’t the complete truth either and soon there was…
The Prelude To The Wedding
The wedding itself was preceded by the sangeet that took place on December 11, 2012. It was a quiet and private affair which was attended by close friends and family of the couple, and Vidya looked resplendent in a kanjeevaram sari and traditional heavy gold jewellery.
The mehndi ceremony for the bride-to-be was next and was held at Vidya’s Khar residence the very next day. It too was a private affair, with only close friends and family in attendance, except for one notable Bollywood addition, Vidya’s close friend Rekha.
Despite the tight knit affair, Vidya indulged the waiting cameras at her mehndi ceremony as she stepped out in a gorgeous Sabyasachi sari, which she wore in traditional Bengali style with floral ornaments. All of the arrangements were made by Vidya’s elder sister Priya and brother-in-law Kedar.
Big Day. The Siddharth Roy – Vidya Balan Marriage
The morning of 14 December 2012 was the time and day that the two love-birds tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony in Bandra in Mumbai. While initial reports suggested that the Chembur temple was the site of the wedding, we can confirm that it was in fact the Green Mile bungalow in Bandra that played host to the wedding.
Considering that Vidya is Tamilian and Siddharth is Punjabi, the wedding was a unique mix of the two traditions, with the hour long ceremony drawing stylistically from both of the cultures. The venue was beautifully decorated, but played host to only close family of the bride and groom, with the duo deciding to go against a more glitzy and gala affair.
The Beautiful Bride
Vidya wore, aside from a constant ear to ear grin, three different outfits for the ceremony including a mustard sari which matched the groom’s yellow kurta and baby pink turban. She also wore flowers in her hair in true South Indian fashion.
The ceremony included the couple playing a traditional game of searching for a ring in a bucket of milk and water, and the bride was said to be very excited to wear the traditional rings in both her feet as is customary for Tamil brides.
After the wedding ceremony had concluded, the newly married coupled came out to give the media what they had been waiting for. They generously posed for photographs and each wore their best smile for the occasion, which is hardly surprising given what the occasion signified. Here, Vidya was seen in a traditional laalsari and she sported gold jewellery and of course, sindoor on her forehead.
South Indian was the cuisine of choice at the wedding, with a lavish spread for all to enjoy.
Siddharth’s Alleged Infidelity And Trouble In Paradise
While Vidya often made the news post-wedding for her questionable wardrobe choices or such similar “gaffes”, hubby Siddharth was involved in a altogether far more serious alleged scandal. According to reports, the actress was not happy with her husband’s closeness to one of the newcomer actresses’ he was promoting, with Vidya cancelling touring and promotion plans for her then upcoming film Bobby Jasoos just to keep a tab on her husband.
Vidya who herself has always stayed away from such gossip suddenly found herself confronted by all sorts of unpleasant gossip at every corner regarding her husband’s supposed infidelities. Given her usual penchant of letting her work speak for her, it was then a surprise (but a welcome one) to see the actress turn around and face these rumors. In an interview with a leading daily, the actress came out and categorically rubbished all of the rumors surrounding her relationship and even suggested that the person Siddharth was “close” to was a figment of everyone’s collective imagination.
Still, the rumor mills went into overdrive when Vidya pulled out of her next big project: Sujoy Ghosh’s Durga Singh Rani, and cited “health issues” as the reason. This vague reason coupled with what seemed a role perfect for her did nothing to appease the media, who incidentally, never seemed to think to question Siddharth about his alleged affairs, even though his role as MD of Disney saw him face a lot of (business related) press conferences and questions.
Given that this is Siddharth’s third marriage in any case, the question does arise as to if the couple will be able to stay together in the long run, and the initial buzz doing the rounds definitely hinted towards trouble in paradise.
However, while at one point it seemed that this would cause a major rift in the couple’s lives, it turned out to be a mere blip as the duo worked their way through it and got their marriage back onto steady terrain, and power to them we say! Here’s wishing them many more years of marital bliss and all the luck for the future.SHARE THIS STORY ON FACEBOOK
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