Marriage of (in)convenience

While Rakhi Sawant’s ambitious guest list for her swayamvar includes Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, her mother Jaya and brother Rakesh haven’t been invited to give their blessings to the classy bride-to-be. To add insult to injury, on the show, Rakhi has been ranting about the fact that her mother and brother never wanted her to get married.The duo is so furious with Rakhi that Rakesh even called his sister to fire her and said that she should stop spouting lies on a public platform. “Pehle se hi hamein itna badnaam karke rakha hai, ab aur badnami nahin chahiye,” Rakesh told Mumbai Mirror.

Rakesh added, “Yes, she has not invited us. And let Rakhi marry anybody. How will it affect my mother and me? My sister is talking nonsense when she claims that we don’t want her to get married. Where would Rakhi have been if my mother had not taken pains to bring her up? She has also been saying that she financed my films. I wonder what she is talking about. Aur bhai-behen ka rishta kuch raha hi nahin hai, sab business ho gaya hai.”

We then called Mrs Sawant,who she started crying. She would have dearly loved to be present at her daughter’s swayamvar.

“Mujhe bulaya nahin to main kaise jaoon? I have developed a blockage in my heart. I am very unwell,” Mrs Sawant said. “How can she say that we didn’t want her to ever get married? I sent a message to Rakhi’s secretary that they should let me to appear on the show, so that I can clarify my stand. But my request fell on deaf ears. My blessings are always with her, if and when she gets married. I had put her name in a marriage bureau for three years. But things didn’t work out. At times, the boy was good-looking but the kundli didn’t match and vice versa. Is that my fault?”

On Oct 23, 2007, Mumbai Mirror had reported that Rakhi had tied the knot. We wonder if Rakhi has divorced that man, or else this marriage would be null and void.

However, Mrs Sawant claimed that her daughter was not married before. “She is 30 years old. She was born on 25.11.78. She always wanted to get married in her early days, but then she was a very ambitious girl. Woh bahut aage badna chahti thi. She always wanted a car and flat of her own. Ab sab kuch to nahin mil sakta na? Shaadi karke baith gayi to kaam nahin milega.”

At the time of going to press, our reliable source from the channel in question informed us that only TV faces like Gaurav Chopra, Gauri-Hiten Tejwani, Shweta Gulati, Karan Patel and Rakshanda Khan were confirmed guests at Rakhi’s swayamvar. We wonder if Rakhi’s desire to have Shah Rukh, Salman and Aishwarya will get fulfilled. Not that Mrs Sawant and Rakesh care, we are sure.

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