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Dh67,000 a minute for a Shah Rukh Khan showstopper in Dubai

Sources rubbishing the 8-crore price the actor reportedly charged at a recent wedding in the emirate

By Bindu Suresh Rai
Published Monday, May 13, 2013
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan entertaining guests at a high profile Dubai wedding on May, 9. (Twitter)

Celebrity appearances at weddings is a money spinning industry in itself for which actors charge more than the average person’s annual salary for a mere 30-minute show and tell.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan allegedly charges Dh67,000 per minute, while arch rival Salman Khan is relatively cheaper at Dh22,350, but is reportedly more unpredictable with his mood swings.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7 on the condition of anonymity, a leading event organiser who is in the business of arranging such celebrity appearances said: “The recent reports on Shah Rukh Khan charging Rs8 crores [Dh5.36 million] to attend a wedding in Dubai this month is utter nonsense. It was probably a story planted by his camp.

“The actor is known to charge approximately Rs30m [Dh2.01m] for a half hour appearance at a function, be a business event or a wedding, of which one-third is the commission taken by his booking agent.”

Despite the cut, at Dh67,000 per minute for a half-hour appearance, the King Khan – as he is fondly known amongst his fans – is at the high end of the barometer when it comes to celebrity hirings.

The source continued: “Salman Khan and Hirthik Roshan charge approximately Rs10m [Dh670,178] for their appearances, but of the two, most event organisers prefer the latter star for his lack of tantrums and his genuine efforts in getting to know the couple before going on stage to greet the newlyweds.

“We’ve had incidences where celebrities have wished the wrong people due to their lack of interest in caring for anything but the cash they pocket.”

The source added that the celebrities always charge 100 per cent of their fees upfront, with demands including flights and accommodation for a 15-person entourage, an expensive car at their disposal and an extended hotel stay at the host’s expense.

The second tier of actors, such as Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol and Arjun Rampal, reportedly charge anywhere between Dh335,000 and Dh400,000, with the source adding: “While one-film wonders such as Siddarth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan could range between Dh33,500 and Dh67,000.”

In terms of actresses, the rate card is considerably lower for the conventional half hour appearance, with Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra being the top-billed stars at Dh500,000.

“Bipasha Basu follows next at Dh170,000, Kangana Ranaut at Dh75,000, Chitraganda Singh at Dh50,000 and a surprisingly popular Prachi Desai at Dh 33,500,” they added.

Meanwhile, singers such as Punjabi act Sukhbir and Sophie Choudhary are known to charge approximately Dh70,000 for a 90-performance.

When quizzed about the first family of Bollywood, the Bachchans, the source added that to their knowledge, no member of the legendary Amitabh’s family has yet signed on for a wedding appearance unless it is that of a family or friend.

Even as affluent members of society have turned these celebrity show and tell sessions into a multi-million industry, there are people such as Dubai-based wedding planner, Rimjhim Bhagchandani, who claim they aren’t big fans of such half-hour appearances at marriages.

She explained further, saying: “A wedding is the bride and groom’s big day; why would you want to steal their thunder by roping in a celebrity that will overshadow the happy couple on stage?”

She continued: “I have several high profile weddings planned for later this year and I have said this exact same thing to the families. The focus of a marriage event should be the happy couple. Bring in a celebrity and no one will even recall how the bride looked, how the food was.

“A wedding is the biggest day for the couple getting married and only they should remain the sole focus; that’s my firm belief.”

Rimjhim is a dubai based wedding planner who does  wow weddings and destination weddings accross the globe.

(Pic courtesy: TWITTER)

Article Courtesy : Emirates News 


Wedding Planner Dubai I Destination Wedding | Destination Thailand Wedding | Kunal & Rashmi | Lavish Dulhan

Wedding Planner Dubai | Destination Wedding | Destination Thailand Wedding

Kunal and Rashmi wedding might have been the most popular in our magazine. This Thailand Wedding – caught magically by Andrew Adams of Katha Images – had so many different venues, outfits and interesting features (masquerade ball and a cake meant for a sword!). Take a look at the pictures below and be sure to get the magazine for more pictures and information about this and other beautiful weddings.


How many guests did you have at your wedding? 250 guests

What was your wedding budget? Did you stay on budget? USD 300,000 – Budget was decided as we started planning the wedding, and for the most of it we stayed on budget.

What made you choose your ceremony and/or reception venue(s)? Did anything stand out about it/them? We saw a lot of hotels in Thailand & Malaysia. Either we didn`t like the feel of the hotel or the ballroom was too small or the management couldn`t accomodate our requests. We were a 100 percent sure we wanted a beach destination and were not willing to compromise on that. The Sheraton Hua Hin just stood out among all of them. It had the perfect ballroom size, the staff was great, the lagoon rooms were a plus point and we fell in love with their nightclub (@BLACK) the minute we saw it!

How did you decide on your color scheme for the reception? Was there an inspiration? I always wanted one of the functions to be all white, and wanted the reception to look very elegant but still glamorous. Since it was victorian theme, we decided to stick to white with pastel pinks for the reception.

Did you have a favorite element of your wedding? The youngsters party, i.e. The Masquerade Ball.

Was there something about your wedding that made it stand out in the mind of your guests?  It was an elegant wedding with just the right number of guests so we could mingle and meet everyone. If we had more guests I am sure everyone would end up getting `lost`.

What would be the one piece of advice you would give to couples planning their wedding? The minute your first guests arrive, just let go of all the planning and the small details and enjoy your wedding! Those few days are never going to come back and everything will just fall in place.

The one thing that you think `makes` a great wedding (i.e. a great DJ, the venue, etc.)? Hospitality

What was the one thing that you were willing to splurge on? Our photographer (Andrew Adams of Katha Images) and the videography team (Doodle Studio)…we wanted good memories and have no regrets!

Photography: Katha Images

Banquet Hall: Sheraton Hua Hin

Catering: Sheraton Hua Hin

D.J.: DJ Tushaar – from Dubai, UAE

Fashion - Her Clothing: Pia Gehani, Shymal & Bhumika, Shantanu & Nikhil, Babita Malkani

Fashion - His Clothing: Sabyasachi, Arjun Khanna, Shantanu & Nikhil, Armani, Shymal & Bhumika, Neeta Lulla

Beauty: Ojas Rajani – from Mumbai, India

Decor: Worapot of Oriental Events – from Bangkok, Thailand

Stationary: Deepti Rupaney – from Dubai, UAE

Cake: Sheraton Hua Hin

Videography: Doodle Studio

Event Planning: Rimjhim Bhagchandani – from Dubai, UAE (she planned the whole event and conceptualized our decor, entries, etc and coordinated with Oriental Events for everything, she was a real star): Rimjhim Events

Article Courtesy : LavishDulhan


Indian Destination Wedding by Wedding Planner Rimjhim Events & Weddings Dubai

Indian Destination Wedding in Hua Hin, Thailand

 Posted by Sonia.

 We’ve had a busy week filled with lots of unique Indian weddings. We’re ending the week with the power production Sindhi-Punjabi wedding of Shradha and Kunal.

 Shradha and Kunal’s destination wedding took them and their 250 guests to the exotic Sheraton Hua Hin in Thailand. With them they brought décor pieces from Dubai, designer fashion and make up specialists from India and the talented team behind Memories in Motion from Chicago to take all the bright, colorful and absolutely fun pictures that we are about to share !

 From the photographer: “The hotel itself is beautiful, surrounded by lagoon water with several rooms having direct access to the lagoon pool. The food was the best part as the hotel does have an Indian chef, which is one of the key reasons why Shradha & Kunal choose Sheraton for their wedding over other resorts in Hua Hin. With every meal over the course of 4 days they would include different cuisines along with traditional Indian food.”

Back with a whole day of eye candy in just a bit!


 Destination Indian Wedding Professionals:

 Cinematography and Photography – Memories in Motion 

 Event Designer – Rimjhim Events

 Venue – Sheraton Hua Hin, Thailand 

 Hair and Make-Up Artist – Ojas Rajani

 Article Courtesy  – IndianWedding Site


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