The sky here was lit up with fireworks to celebrate actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas' nuptials on Saturday at the royal Umaid Bhawan Palace.
The couple exchanged wedding bands by Chopard and wedding vows at a Catholic wedding officiated by the groom's father, Paul Kevin Jonas Sr, according to people.com.
Priyanka, 36, was a glowing bride in a custom-made Ralph Lauren wedding gown, and Jonas, too, wore Ralph Lauren. In fact, so did both families, all of the bridesmaids, and all of the groomsmen who included Priyanka's brother Siddharth and Nick's three brothers, Joe, Kevin and Frankie.
Ralph Lauren is an important designer to the couple not only because he is a close friend of the actress but also because she and Nick, 26, both rocked Ralph Lauren Collection at the 2017 Met Gala, which took place one week after their unofficial first date.
Late evening, synchronised fireworks marked the celebrations.
Predictably, Twitter exploded with charges of hypocrisy and double standards.
“So basically diwali crackers create problem and wedding celebration crackers add oxygen!!” said Twitter user Mahesh Watharkar. “I think @priyankachopra asthma gone a day before wedding,” tweeted Ayaan Lokesh. Another user asked if the Rajasthan Police had taken action against the couple.
This year, the Supreme Court had limited the bursting of crackers to two hours on Deepawali day, and also permitted only “safe and green” firecrackers in Delhi.
“Can you please tell us from where we should buy those noiseless & Oxygen emitting Eco friendly Crackers that you’ve used in your wedding? We’ll keep them in stock for next Diwali…” said a tweet from Dr. Janak Pandya.
Ms. Chopra is a brand ambassador for Breathefree, a public service initiative for asthma patients organised by Cipla, which manufactures inhalers. On Deepawali morning, Breathefree had posted a video of Ms. Chopra on Twitter as part of its #BerokZindagi (Unstoppable Life) campaign.
These people from Bollywood are just about the living epitome of true unbridled holier than thou hypocrisy https://t.co/VAf4dT2dL4— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) December 1, 2018
“Please keep my breathing unstoppable. Skip the crackers this Deepawali,” the actor urges in the promotional. “Let Deepawali be about lights and laddoos and love and not pollution. Reduce the use of firecrackers, so that you all, asthmatics like me, all the animals out there, everyone can enjoy the festival too.”
Priyanka Chopra's dog is scared of crackers on Diwali but not on her wedding?— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) December 1, 2018
Now animals are enjoying by hearing such a peaceful sounds of firecrackers on PicNic's wedding ceremony.— Suraj Das (@SurajDa37056754) December 2, 2018
When The Hindu reached out to Cipla for a response, the company said it was not prepared to comment on its brand ambassador’s actions. Twitter users however, were already questioning the company.
“This is awesome! #Cipla cures Priyanka's asthma (which she had since the age of 5) just in time, for her to enjoy the firecrackers at the wedding,” said a sarcastic tweet by Gopal Kavalireddi.
Hey @nickjonas first congratulations for your marriage. Now pls watch this carefully& explain how you subjected your asthametic wife to polluted atmos by having fireworks at wedding?— Debjani Chatterjee 🇮🇳 (@devyanidilli) December 1, 2018
Your wife preaching Hindus to have crackerless diwali here👇
These crackers were only exploding ... The explosion was creating the pollution to get disbursed which we see as smoke... The crackers were smokeless...— Murali Krishna🇮🇳 (@MuralikrishnaE1) December 2, 2018
Specially manufactured in USA for her marriage... May be😃
“Dear @Cipla_Global your brand ambassador @priyankachopra does exactly what she tells us not to do on Diwali, on your behalf. Can’t wait to hear your response and action. No action would definitely mean choosing other brands over you where possible,” tweeted travel blogger and author Anuradha Goyal.
At 2 pm on Sunday, Breathefree’s Twitter page wished the newly wed couple as they “embark on their new #BerokZindagi”. It posted: “The only one who can take Priyanka’s breath away. #PriyankaNick”
#PriyankaChopra If you want to give out a message to your fans to not burst crackers on Diwali bec it affects the environment, animals, asthma patients then the same rules apply to your wedding. It's important to practice what you preach! https://t.co/T3ZWph66pY— Rohit Khilnani (@rohitkhilnani) December 2, 2018
Why cracker has been burst in the wedding.— Being_Stranger (@Being_Stranger) December 1, 2018
Priyanka hypocrisy has been exposed.
She was the one who r preaching ppl not to crack cracker to control pollution now where is the morality??
Priyanka shd apologize pic.twitter.com/CIFqJvcKfJ
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It all began as a fierce song & dance competition between the families but ended, as always, as a huge celebration of love. Nick and I were looking forward to the Sangeet (musical evening), another pre wedding ritual.. and to see what each side had put together. And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. We were both filled with gratitude for the effort, the love and the laughter and will carry the memories of this special evening for the rest of our lives. It is an amazing start to a lifetime of togetherness for our families and friends...#grateful @nickjonas 📹/📷: @calebjordanlee @josevilla @josephradhik
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One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other's faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing. An important part of the pre wedding rituals for the girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi. Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed. @nickjonas
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Priyanka and I have been looking forward to the Sangeet (the musical evening and a pre-wedding ritual) to see what each side of the family had put together. We’re both so full of gratitude for the effort and the love put forth by both families. What an amazing start to a lifetime!! @priyankachopra
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra spotted at the airport in Jodhpur, India | December 3rd pic.twitter.com/dmYtU4aTfa— Nick Jonas News (@JickNonasNews) December 3, 2018
Rajasthan: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas leave from Jodhpur. The couple tied knot in a two-day event at Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan Palace on December 1-2. pic.twitter.com/OT9nng4VcX— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2018