Bollywood star Randeep Hooda on Wednesday exchanged vows with his girlfriend, the Manipuri model and actress Lin Laishram, in a traditional Meitei ceremony held at Chumthang Sanapung in Imphal, Manipur.
During the ceremony, Hooda looked dashing in the customary Manipuri white dhoti (Pheijom), kurta, and turban (Kokyet), while Laishram radiated grace in the traditional Manipuri attire of Potloi, a vibrant red cylindrical skirt, paired with a dark green blouse and adorned with jewelry.
The couple, amidst the rituals of the Meitei tradition, exchanged vows, with Laishram circling Hooda seven times, and the two joyfully exchanging garlands made of fragrant jasmine flowers (kundo), eliciting cheers from the gathered guests.
The union of Hooda and Laishram beautifully merges the glitz of Bollywood with the cultural opulence of Manipur. Lin, resplendent in her Manipuri ensemble, wore a white and pink saree with a black blouse, complemented by exquisite gold jewelry. Her beaming smile as she approached the wedding venue reflected the joy of the moment.
In a prior interaction with the press, Hooda expressed his respect for his bride's traditions, stating, “I felt that it’s only respectful to come and marry in the bride’s traditions. I look forward to the ceremony and experiencing my partner’s culture. I just hope I don’t make any mistakes." The actor, sharing his two wishes for this new phase of life, expressed a desire for lots of children and abundance. "We have been talking about Manipuri culture for a long time," he added.
The announcement of the wedding was made by Randeep Hooda on social media a few days before the ceremony. In a heartfelt note, he drew parallels to the Mahabharata, where Arjuna married Manipuri Warrior Princess Chitrangada, seeking blessings and love for their union of cultures. The couple also shared plans for a reception in Mumbai at a later date. "As we embark on this journey, we seek your blessings and love for this union of cultures, for which we are forever indebted and grateful," they wrote in a joint post.