Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas Jodhpur wedding: The sleepy Indian royal town that has no clue it's at the heart of the 'wedding of the year'
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding may be trending off the charts, but the city of Jodhpur is quite oblivious to the wedding chatter
It is the talk of the town and it's something you just cannot deny. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding is trending off the charts, and fans of the couple are getting more and more excited as the big day draws nearer. However, it is not quite the same for locals in the city the couple has chosen to exchange their vows in.
Chopra and Jonas' extravagant wedding celebrations are set to be the biggest event of the Indian movie fraternity, and the wedding of the year. However, the city of Jodhpur, also fondly known as the Blue city, is rather oblivious to the wedding chatter.
One would assume the city of palaces would be decked with wedding decorations and palpable excitement over the upcoming celebrations, but that isn't really the case in Jodhpur. The city is as sleepy and empty as it has always been during the offseason, even though wedding guests from all over the world are flocking to witness Chopra and Jonas become man and wife.
From shopkeepers in the area, local residents, to cab drivers, people seem to care little about the cagey wedding celebrations. Meaww caught up with a few of the localites. Lokendra, an Uber driver in Jodhpur, during a conversation, mentioned people in the city were not even aware of when the couple is getting married.
"We've heard news of Priyanka getting married to Nick Jonas in Umaid Bhavan quite soon, but none of us really know when the celebrations are supposed to happen. It's sometime around December 10, isn't it?" enquired Lokesh. Anand, an employee at the Umaid Bhavan Museum, adjacent to the Taj hotel, told Meaww: "The entire Palace ground is going to be closed from November 29, and will be shut to the general public till December 3."
But a lot of museum employees like Anand, as well as local rickshaw drivers, are not happy with the popular tourist spot being closed on what happens to be the weekend and a good time for local travel agents to make money from tourists flocking to the city for its extraordinary palaces.
"There is hyped security from 29th to 3rd, which means that they (the hotel authorities) are going to close the roads all the way from the entrance to the gates of the hotel. There is no scope for tourists to even glance the place, which is going to hurt business a lot for many taxi drivers and auto-rickshaw drivers like us," complained Ashok, an auto-rickshaw driver who keeps his vehicle at the parking lot of the Palace grounds to gain tourist passengers.
This may also have something to do with the level of secrecy Jonas and Chopra has employed to keep their wedding details under wraps and away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi. Security at the hotel has been so tight, even guards of the hotel refuse to reveal any details of the wedding to visitors and localites alike.
When Meaww asked the lone security guard outside the hotel about the palace's policy about letting people in for the lavish wedding, he simply answered with, "What wedding? Is there a wedding happening here? I am sorry, but we have no knowledge of this at all."
However, Chopra and Jonas seem to be the least bothered regarding the no-buzz situation in the city around their wedding, and it can be argued the couple are happy to be away from the limelight on their wedding day. It is rumored the couple are flying in so many guests for their special day, some of them have had to take up residence in Udaipur since hotels in Jodhpur were at full capacity.
It is said the soon-to-be-wed couple have put some of their wedding guests in other Jodhpur hotels like the Indana Palace, another heritage hotel in the city that is replete with historical beauty, structures, and frescoes, as well as the highly known Radisson Blu. Wedding guests have started to arrive at Jodhpur ahead of the celebrations, and only the bride and groom's family members are going to be staying at the wedding venue.
Chopra and Jonas are reportedly going to enter the hotel premises in a helicopter which was booked by the actress in advance for the big day. A representative for the helicopter renting agency said: “Only one helicopter has been booked for November 29 and December 3. Priyanka will be boarding the helicopter from Udaipur and the helicopter will directly land at Umaid Bhawan Palace on November 29."
"She will be returning to Udaipur on December 3 by boarding the helicopter from the wedding venue itself. We are yet to receive the names of the people boarding the helicopter from Udaipur. Nick Jonas might join her as well.”
It is also being speculated Jonas is planning to woo his wedding guests with his singing prowess and that he has decided to set up a medley of international songs and Bollywood chartbusters for his performance at the couple's sangeet ceremony, the venue for which has been shifted to Umaid Bhavan from the previously decided Mehrangarh Fort.