Kerala's richest NRI Ravi Pillai is reportedly spending Rs 55 crore for his daughter Arathi Pillai's high profile wedding with Kochi-based Aditya Vishnu in Kollam, Kerala today. Pillai is the chairman of the Bahrain-headquartered RP Group with a net worth of Rs 19, 300 crore.
The wedding set, spread over eight acres, has cost more than Rs 23 crore. It has been designed by art director Sabu Cyril of "Baahubali" fame. "The design is unique for this event. But it's largely modelled on the royal palaces of Rajasthan," said Sabu Cyril. It took him 75 days to create the wedding set. Manju Warrier, Sobhana and Stephen Devassy will be performing before 30,000 guests inside a 350,000 sq ft set .
The guest list includes royal families of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE, CEOs of Japan Gas Corporation and Chiyoda Corporation Japan, Samsung Group. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Union ministers and film stars including Mammootty and Mohanlal will be attending the function.
Talking about the multi-crore ceremony, Ravi Pillai stated that his daughter's wedding is not an extravaganza. "Besides conducting my daughter's marriage in a good manner, I am also spending around Rs 10 crore for humanitarian initiatives. As part of it, as many as 2,000 cancer patients in the state will be given Rs 10,000 each as medical aid," said Pillai.