Kabir Bedi (70) tied the knot with Parveen Dusanj (41) on Friday (January 15) in an intimate ceremony in Alibaug, with their families and a few close friends in attendance. The couple has been together for the last 10 years. Interestingly, at the time of going to press, we were informed that they planned to break the news to everyone at Kabir’s birthday party on Saturday (January 16) night.
An insider reveals, “The invitation was sent for Kabir’s birthday party in Mumbai. His family and friends from Bengaluru, Boston (USA), London (UK), Dubai (UAE), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Europe flew in. The card read, ‘Kabir Bedi and Parveen Dusanj invite you to Kabir’s birthday, and come early for the Sufi performance.’ The idea was that after hearing a soulful Sufi recital, Kabir and Parveen would make the surprise announcement.”
The card read, ‘Kabir Bedi and Parveen Dusanj invite you to Kabir’s birthday, and come early for the Sufi performance.’ (Razak Khatri)
A day before the birthday celebration, on January 15, Kabir’s family and a few close friends had been whisked away on speedboats from the Gateway of India to Alibaug under the pretext of “a pre-birthday bash” at a family member’s house. The wedding came as a surprise for everyone.
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It was a traditional ceremony preceded by blessings at the gurdwara.
“Parveen and I have been together for more than 10 years. The timing of the marriage at this time was really Parveen’s decision. I had proposed to her on Rome’s historic Spanish Steps six years ago on a bended knee. She agreed, but kept me in suspense as to when [we would tie the knot]. As friends and family were flying in from all over the world for my birthday, Parveen felt this was the best time to get married. So it all happened very suddenly. We had a magically beautiful intimate ceremony in Alibaug. Only members of both families, and a few close friends were present. It was held amid palms, on the lawns of a beautiful beach-front home that belongs to Dipak and Sohni Tanna, who is my niece. It was a traditional ceremony preceded by blessings at the gurdwara,” says Kabir, speaking exclusively to HT Café.
The newly-weds with Parveen’s brothers, Parvinder Dusanj (extreme left) and Kuldeep Dusanj (extreme right). (Razak Khatri)
Parveen says she wanted her marriage ceremony to be a private and intimate affair. “…and that’s exactly what it was. We kept it a secret, and planned to make a surprise announcement on Kabir’s birthday, where all friends and loved ones were gathering. Keeping it a secret added to the fun. Friends who came to Alibaug thought they were coming for a pre-birthday dinner. It’s been several days of joyous celebrations and partying. These are very happy days for us,” she says.