Over the past few days, Bollywood and the cricket world have been abuzz with rumours of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli tying the knot in Italy this month. In the latest development that borders on confirmation of their wedding plans, mid-day has learnt that select residents of Badrinath Tower at Versova, the highrise where the actor resides, have received invites for the nuptials. We hear the star’s father, Ajay Kumar Sharma, has been personally calling up the star’s neighbours and extending invitations.
A source reveals, “The star dad has made calls to some building folks, inviting them to the wedding that is slated for next week. As everyone cannot travel to Italy, he was keen to make them aware of the developments and seek blessings for the couple.” The source adds that the neighbours have been requested to keep things hush-hush considering the media attention surrounding the impending marriage.
Speculation about the couple solemnising their relationship arose when Kohli, in October, bowed out of the ODI series with Sri Lanka scheduled for December, citing personal reasons. The stories gained credence last week when Sabyasachi Mukherjee was spotted exiting Sharma’s house, sparking rumours that he is designing her bridal trousseau. Eyebrows were raised when Kohli’s childhood cricket coach Rajkumar Sharma too reportedly applied for leave this month.
As is with most celebrity weddings, there has been no dearth of contradictory stories — with some stating that a popular Juhu five-star has been booked for a three-day affair and others alleging that the couple will have a court wedding in the city on December 12 or 18.
However, sources close to the star insist Italy is the destination of choice for the couple. Call it coincidence, but interestingly, Sharma’s mentor Aditya Chopra tied the knot with Rani Mukerji in a hush-hush ceremony in Italy as well.