Sun. Nov 17th, 2019

Gupta wedding: These are the most insane expenses for next week’s R427m ceremony

Gupta wedding IndiaIf you marry into the family, one thing’s guaranteed: A good party. This latest Gupta wedding takes place next week, and the bill is already astronomical.

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There really is no wedding quite like a Gupta wedding. The Indian billionaires know a thing or two about burning through their vast reserves of cash, especially when it’s been supplied by the South African taxpayer.

However, the family are hosting the mother of all ceremonies next week as the sons of Atul and Ajay Gupta get hitched during a double ceremony. Suryakant Gupta will go first, with Ajay’s lad’s wedding taking place from 18 -20 June. Then comes Shashank – Atul’s son will tie the knot on 22 June, with festivities continuing until 24 June.

What the Gupta wedding will cost

The week-long ceremony will be an exercise in ostentatiousness, blowing the Sun City wedding of Vega Gupta out of the water. Valued at R427 million by the Indian media, this upcoming double wedding will cost 14 times more than the South African ceremony which unleashed a political backlash.

But where is all that money going, and how will it be spent? Here’s what we’ve managed to establish…

Gupta wedding in India – what luxuries will there be?

The location itself is going to cost the brothers a fair whack: They have rented out an entire luxury ski resort, high up in India’s Himalayan mountain range. Auli is going to host hundreds of extended Gupta family members and close friends, from its vantage point of 10 000 feet – about three kilometres above sea level.

The sky-high venue won’t be easy to reach, but the Gupta brothers have already got it sorted. They’ve splashed out millions to ferry their guests from lower ground to the heights of Auli. About 200 choppers will be used in total, as guests begin to arrive before the weekend.

Meanwhile, the guest list itself is going to be pretty swanky – a range of Bollywood stars and highly-connected politicians are expected to make the trek up the mountains. However, we don’t expect to see Jacob Zuma making his way there – it seems to be a strictly local affair.

Of course, with all these movers and shakers – and the inevitably-awkward eating habits of certain family members – this party has to be extremely well catered. According to eNCA, the billionaires are once again one step ahead of the game – around 400 different options are expected to feature on the food menus. Now THAT’S out kind of wedding!

A few lavish extras

The lavish spending doesn’t stop there, either. Ahead of this unfathomably expensive Gupta wedding, invites were distributed via silver boxes, weighing almost five kilograms each. The proud fathers are importing fine flowers from Switzerland, which also come with a bill for “tens of thousands” of plant pots.

Despite being chased out of South Africa by a tidal wave of public anger and judicial fury, the architects of state capture seem to be getting by just fine without plundering our state resources. If they ever feel like returning R427 million of their loot to Mzansi, we’ll be waiting right here.

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