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In Pictures: India's big wedding

Aishwarya Rai

Glimpses of the bride, Aishwarya Rai, in the run-up to Bollywood's biggest wedding in years, have been rare. Rai is a former Miss World whose fame has spread well beyond India.

Abhishek Bachchan

The groom arrived riding a white horse for a ceremony which so far has contained all the ingredients of a Bollywood classic: secrecy, dancing and a suicidal fan who says she was jilted.

Bollywood film actor Preity Zinta

The three-day extravaganza has an exclusive invitation list that includes celebrities like actress Preity Zinta.

Sanjay Dutt

Among the celebrities attending is Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who is waiting sentencing for firearms offences.

Workers decorate the entrance of Prateeksha - one of the family residences of Bollywood film actor Amitabh Bachchan

So strict is the security for the wedding that most fans are unlikely to see much of the festivities apart from extensive preparation work.

Bollywood film actor Ajay Devgan

But that has not stopped the nuptials from transfixing the Bollywood set, with actors such as Ajay Devgan adding to the media interest.

Amitabh Bachchan

The wedding is a proud day for the father of the groom, Amitabh Bachchan - arguably Bollywood's most well-known actor. He is said to be "deliriously excited" over the ceremony.

Security guards peer through the gates of Jalsa - one of two family residences of Bollywood film actor Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai

Everyone - especially security guards - appear to be getting a little twitchy in advance of the ceremony. They have been warned to be on alert for gatecrashers.

Ms Rai's apartments lit with decorative lights

Both sides consulted astrologers before the wedding date was set to check whether the time, date and perhaps most importantly - the weather - were auspicious.

Wedding performers in traditional attire

The exact details of the wedding have been kept secret, but its thought it will contain dancers and traditional Indian singing.

Onlookers in Mumbai

Everyone wants a glimpse of the golden couple and some fans have travelled two days to be in Mumbai for the big day.

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