Ever thought how will love-birds Deepika Padukone & Ranveer Singh get their fairytale wedding event from Lake Como, Italy get legal recognition here in India?
Is the marriage between our on-screen 'Ram-Leela', 'Bajirao-Mastani' and 'Padmavati-Khilji', legal in the eyes of law in our country? Read here to know.
When it comes to marriage, who doesn't want it to be amazing? But if you would want some cues, you would certainly want to know more about "din shagna da" going on in the Bollywood town. After handsome Virat Kohli and ravishing Anushka Sharma, charming Ranveer Singh and beautiful Deepika Padukone have sworn the marriage too.
After years of dating, the couple finally married each other on November 14 and 15 in both Sindhi and Konkani style. Taking off to Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como, a scenic beauty in Italy, they vowed to be for each other till eternity. The date coincides with the release of their first Bollywood movie together “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.” Not to mention, all of this was done in absolute isolation. No posts, no updates, media was an absolute ‘NO’ too. But that now we look at them, admiringly looking at each other and blushing beautifully, we must admit the suspense was worth it. Dressed in red and golden lehenga, when the Queen of Hearts came out under the dupatta of shagun, she aced the role of Mastani Bai a thousand times over. With the first look at her in Om Shanti Om, her dimples had stolen countless hearts there and then. One amongst those admirers was Ranveer Singh Bhavnani. Dressed in red and golden sherwani with turban beautifully tied on his head, he patiently waited on the mandapa for the marriage to begin. “#Deepveerkishaadi” became the most trending hashtag. The presence of two lovers inundated with love itself makes the marriage a sacred bond in every ascetic sense. But these highest paid celebrities of Bollywood had the details minutely planned too. The chefs and bakers who were flown from Switzerland had to sign a bond of not repeating the menu recipes ever again. The guests had to wear something matching colour palette as chosen by the couple. The entire families of bride and groom had the costumes designed from Sabyasachi, just as intricately and beautifully as the fashion tycoon did for bride and groom (probably for the first time Sabyasachi was competing with himself).
The stars had felt the surge of affection for each other in 2013, when they first started shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s tragic romance love film “Goliyon Ki Raaslela Ram-Leela”, often said to be the modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with an Indian twist. It was the first time the couple was seen together on-screen and the chemistry stole the limelight. The audience seemed to love the sizzling storylines augmented with their acting skills. They walked through all the successes, failures, hits, flops, awards, criticisms- Together. It was no looking back then. Her King was deeply in love with her, and she had fallen for him too. The couple had been spotted engaging in PDA quite often while parting at airports, or arriving in award functions together. Long distances were a part of the free coupon that love fetched for them, as being in the same profession of Bollywood meant shooting at different places too. But as they say, “distance makes the hearts grow fonder”. At times Ranveer Singh flew to locations where Deepika was busy shooting, while sometimes she did so. He visited Deepika on the set of ‘Race 2’ and ‘Chennai Express’. He had also left faces skeptical when he suddenly paid her a visit on the set of ‘Piku’. Ladylove has also made it clear that love means leaving no card unturned. She visited Ranveer on the set of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ (2014) in Spain just like he did while she was shooting for ‘Happy New Year’ in Dubai. The couple was so madly in love by then that when a brief role of Deepika’s dead husband (for the movie ‘Finding Fanny’) was offered to him, he accepted it with open arms. It has also been reported by the crew that although it was half-a-day shoot for him, he stayed for almost a week solely to spend some time with Deepika. Time and again we saw them hinting at how much they mean for each other, whether it was at the airport, family shopping, or buying homes in the same complex. The couple managed to steal our hearts then, and it did again. That is why even after a week of their wedding, we can’t stop drooling over their marriage photographs.
But how does marrying in Italy give their marriage the legitimate status on Indian soil?
Ever thought how do these stars and A-listers choosing destination weddings, get their marriage a legal recognition in India?
Here, we give you a peek-a-boo at the options of how our very own Deep-Veer can get their fairytale marriage registered in accordance with the Indian laws.
The complex Hindu society comprises of diverse groups having a different outlook on a marriage and therefore, it primarily differs from region to region. Thus, to govern and encourage Hindu Marriages and sanction every sub-society to execute marriages only in accordance with the established principles of Human Rights, The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 was enacted. Accordingly, this legislation restricts to:
- Every Hindu by any of its forms or developments
- Member of Brahmo, Prarthana and Arya Samaj
- A Buddhist, Jain, or a Sikh
In this case, as the marriage has taken place between Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone belonging to Sindhi and Konkani communities respectively, the marriage is qualified to be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act. However, the couple can undoubtedly go for the Special Marriage Act too.
Under the Hindu Marriage Act, apart from parties being Hindu, it is absolutely necessary that the person shouldn’t already be in an existing marital relationship. Also, the person shouldn’t be Insane or mentally or psychologically impotent or a subject to recurrent attacks of epilepsy. As a valid Hindu Marriage would need it, the person moreover is not allowed to be one of the relatives (the list of ‘prohibited relationships' or ‘sapindas' is mentioned explicitly in the act itself) until and unless allows by the local customs.
The parties must be of a marriageable age (male being 21 years old, and female being of 18).
Ceremonies constitute a very important part of the sacred bond. Although no Act or Court has ever released any list of ceremonies, but Saptapadi is still considered an essential of a valid Hindu Marriage. The marriage is entered into with the seventh phera.
As stated above, they can also get the marriage registered under the Special Marriages Act, 1954, at the Marriage Office, witnessed by 3 witnesses, besides the Marriage Officer. In case the parties solemnize their marriage through the latter, a certificate of marriage is drafted and entered into the Marriage Certificate Book by the Marriage Officer, which stands as a conclusive evidence of the accomplishment of this wedlock .
Registration of Hindu Marriages in India:
Through the columns of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the State Governments, for the sake of maintaining records, have made it compulsory for registering marriages within their territorial limits at the Hindu Marriage Register; non-compliance shall only make the guilty liable to pay an amount of Rs. 25, without affecting the validity of this marriage. With respect to the aforesaid, both Deepika & Ranveer would have to submit the following documents for registration of the marriage:
- Application form or Memorandum of marriage duly signed by husband Ranveer and wife Deepika.
- Documentary evidence for support of date of birth of both the parties i.e. Deepika & Ranveer, preferably in the form of matriculation certificates/passport/birth certificates.
- Residence proof of both Deepika and Ranveer (Aadhar Card, Pan Card, etc.).
- ₹150 to be deposited to the cashier of the district and the receipt is to be attached along with the application form.
- Two passport size photographs of both Deepika and Ranveer and one marriage photograph (the beautiful couple got married in two styles of wedding rituals, Konkani & Sindhi).
- An affirmation, stating that Deep-Veer do not fall within the ambit of a prohibited relationship.
- Affidavit by both Deepika & Ranveer stating the place and date of marriage, date of birth and the marital status at the time of the marriage and nationality.
- Marriage invitation card if available (we’ve all had a sneak-peek into the card posted by the couple on their social media handles).
- ₹15 if Deep-Veer married through the provisions of the Special Marriages Act, to be deposited to the cashier of the district and the receipt is to be attached along with the application form.
All the aforesaid documents, excluding the receipt, has to be attested by a Gazetted Officer.
And this is how, dear reader, the always super-energetic Ranveer Singh and dimples-to-die-for Deepika Padukone would legally be declared as husband and wife. But is this registration necessary? Well, many people stood at a conflicted opinion until the Supreme Court of India in the case of Seema V. Ashwini Kumar ordered the State Legislatures to take measures for making the registration of marriages compulsory within their scope of administration. Accordingly, the State Legislatures of Tamil Nadu, Haryana (to name a few), drafted legislation, wherein:
“Every marriage performed on and from the date of commencement of this Act shall be registered under this Act notwithstanding the fact that the said marriage has been entered in the marriage registers governed by any other personal laws of the parties to the marriage or the customs or usage or tradition.”
This registration of marriage would act as evidence which, in the opinion of the National Commission for Women, would:
- Arrest child marriages, thereby upholding minimum age of marriage,
- Thwart polygamy (unless permitted by the local custom or law),
- Ensure that prior wives get notice of intended marriage,
- Enable the married women to claim her right to shelter and maintenance,
- And Prevent men from deserting their wives after marriage including act as a deterrent to the practice of selling daughters to any person, under the garb of marriage.
This mechanism attempts to halt married couples from involving themselves in a bigamous relationship, thereby upholding the uniformity and sanctity of a marriage, so envisaged by the Hindu Laws and enshrined in The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Thus marriage registration is an absolute necessity in today’s modern world, looking at the failures of so many marriages due to infidelity, demands and ever-so-competitive society.
Marriage is a union of two hearts. Grown from the thorns of forces, sheltered by the pall of care, soaked in loyalty like pure dew drops of dawn, and tanned under the roughest of weathers, relationships are not easy to handle. Through all the circumstances that they make through, it is easier to let go. But amidst thousands of reasons to leave, you figure out the reasons to stay. Deepika commented in an interview, “I love how he is. I love how unapologetic he is about everything he does.”