Gali Janardana Reddy, the mining baron of Bellary, has put up a unique and rather fabulous invitation card of his daughter’s wedding, to be held next month, online which has been widely shared, watched and downloaded.
The invitation is loaded in a jewellery box, which when opened reveals an LCD screen. A text announces “Bramhani Weds Rajeev Reddy”, and the screen begins to play a video. Reddy, his wife and son sing ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (The guest is like God).
The bride and groom are then introduced, eyeing each other coyly. The bride swings her lehenga and runs in slow motion. The groom is introduced with white stallions in the background.
The video ends with a close up of the family (still singing) and the date and venue of the wedding.
Gali Janardhan Reddy, who maintains a chopper, has a spacious bungalow with golden cup-boards and it was found that the nobs of the wash-basins were also made up of gold. Their puja room was said to have a lot of gold and silver ornaments.
He amassed great wealth allegedly by illegal means for which he spent nearly three years in jail. Several cases are still in court.
Mr Reddy and his brother Karunakar Reddy were ministers in BS Yedurappa-led BJP government in the past