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New Delhi, Dec 20: Whether it was Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s nuptials in the dreamy Lake Como or Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding in the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace — fancy destination weddings by celebrities is leading young singles to aspire for the same.

Matchmaking service Shaadi.com conducted ‘The Shaadi Study’ to understand the different aspects of the big fat Indian wedding. An online study was conducted via email and received over 8,714 responses from singles and parents in India from the age group ranging 21 to 65 years, read a statement.

As many as 57 per cent of young singles said they aspire to have a destination wedding. These are men and women with annual household income less than Rs 500,000.

Also, the expenses of an Indian wedding seem to be taking a toll on the lower income groups. The study revealed that 86 per cent men and 75 per cent women earning less than Rs 500,000 annual income will spend the equivalent of their income on a wedding. However, only 17 per cent men and 23 per cent women earning between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 20 lakh will spend the equivalent of their annual household income on a wedding.

Further deep-diving into the wedding spends reveals that the financial burden is higher on the bride’s family.

As many as 27 per cent of the women respondents said they will spend more than their annual household income on the wedding, whereas only 14 per cent men would do so.

Additionally, the Shaadi study reflects the stark difference in the expectations between parents and the singles.

At least 72 per cent of the parents surveyed would like to have only one function. However, 56 per cent singles said they would like to have two or more functions.

Also, parents would like to invite few guests with 54 per cent saying they would like less than 100 guests. However, 79 per cent singles would like to invite over 100 guests.

Gourav Rakshit, CEO, Shaadi.com, said in a statement: “The wedding scenario in India has been witnessing a shift as singles draw inspiration from the numerous celebrity weddings. Additionally, our interactions with our 5 million success stories reveal that most singles are the key decision makers when they choose their partner.

“Going forward, we see couples also being the decision makers when it comes to planning their wedding.”

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Congress MLA Among 2,000 People Booked Over Anti-Macron Protest

An FIR has been registered against them for staging the protest in violation of Covid-19 restrictions.

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Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA Arif Masood and some clerics are among 2,000 people who have been booked after a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron over a cartoon row in the European country, police said on Friday.

An FIR has been registered against them for staging the protest in violation of Covid-19 restrictions, they said.

As many as 2,000 people, including Masood and some clerics, were charged under section 188 (disobedience of an order promulgated by a public servant) of the IPC on Thursday evening, Talaiya police station officer DP Singh said.

The protesters have violated the district administration order banning assembly of people in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, he added.

The Congress MLA along with Muslim religious leaders and members of the community on Thursday protested at Iqbal Maidan here against Macron over the controversy related to depictions of Prophet Muhammad in France.

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Kubbra Sait gatecrashed Ranveer-Deepika wedding ‘with an invitation’

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Mumbai, Oct 30 : Actor Kubbra Sait has a funny anecdote about attending the mega wedding of Bollywood superstars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.

“I met him (Ranveer Singh) many eons ago when I was hosting a show in a crowd of 5,000 people. You don’t imagine to be remembered by a superstar of that order when you are hosting a show, but he remembered me. Then when ‘Sacred Games’ released he actually texted me and I lost my plot. He told me something like, ‘kya Boss, you are a daredevil’! I told him in return, ‘don’t forget to invite me to your wedding’. So that’s how I think I earned myself an invite and he very generous and kind. I would like to say, I gatecrashed his wedding with an invitation!” recalled Kubra, while speaking on a chat show.

Kubbra has also shared screen space with Ranveer in the 2019 film “Gully Boy”.

On her role in the show “Sacred Games”, Kubbra shared how, one day her co-actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui could not recognise her!

“I remember once I had not worn my wig and my hair was big and with curls. I went and sat next to him and he didn’t recognise me. He looked away and went back to looking on his phone. Five minutes later I asked, ‘do you want to say hi to me?’ he was like, ‘Arre aap hain!’ I replied, ‘haan, mai hoon’. Then he said, ‘Nahin, woh aapka taam jhaam nai tha (referring to her wig), so didn’t realise it was you,” Kubbra said.

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Only 7% plan on going out to movie theatres in the next 60 days

Results of July, August and October survey by LocalCircles indicate that people continue to stay reluctant in going to theatres and multiplexes due to the Covid-19 scare.

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Even though movie theatres are now open, only 7 per cent people are willing to go to watch a film there in the next 60 days, as per a survey.

Results of July, August and October survey by LocalCircles indicate that people continue to stay reluctant in going to theatres and multiplexes due to the Covid-19 scare.

Cinema halls across the states were allowed to reopen after seven months of the ongoing pandemic induced by the novel coronavirus.

Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are some of the states where theatres and multiplexes have started to function. Cinema halls remain closed in states like Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and many northeastern states.

LocalCircles conducted a survey to know if citizens if plan on visiting movie theatres in the next 2 months. The survey received 8,274 responses from across the country.

In the survey, citizens were asked, “now that the multiplexes and theatres are open in many states and the remaining states will also open them soon, will they be going to watch a movie in the next 60 days?”

However, only 4 per cent said they would go to watch if any new releases come and 3 per cent said they will go regardless of new or old movie. 74 per cent said they will not go while 2 per cent were unsure and 17 per cent said they don’t watch movies in theatre.

LocalCircles had conducted similar surveys during past few months to know how people plan to go out to watch movies when the theatres and multiplexes reopen. In the July survey, 72 per cent consumers had said that they will not go to theatres or multiplexes when they open, keeping the Covid-19 scenario in mind.

This number increased to 77 per cent in August and stands at 74 per cent in October.

Cinema halls claim to have taken various measures to ensure safety, such as sanitisation of their premises and other Covid-19 safety protocols. Among others, some of them have started the movie shows with 50 per cent of the total occupancy, staggered show timings, social distancing, thermal screening, adequate protection gear for the staff, etc.

But all said and done, it looks like people continue to be reluctant in going to a theatre or multiplex in the next 60 days, the survey said.

States that are considering opening multiplexes and cinema halls in the coming weeks may want to consider this consumer feedback and accordingly make their decision.

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