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Images: Sania-Shoaib keep it simple

Last updated on: April 16, 2010 17:20 IST

Sania-Shoaib shimmer in Shantanu-Nikhil designs

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Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and husband Shoaib Malik hosted a grand wedding reception at the Emerald Room, the grandest banquet hall of the Taj Krishna hotel in Hyderabad on Thursday.

Sania, who married Pakistani cricketer Malik on Monday, was dressed in a red and gold dress with a khada dupatta, a six-metre dupatta that is draped over a bride's head, while Malik was dressed in a Sherwani. Both outfits were made by Delhi-based designers Shantanu and Nikhil.

Photographs: TV9


Image: Sania and Shoaib are flanked by Sania's parents and a friend

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Chandrababu Naidu graces the occasion

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The occasion was graced by the presence of former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Sahara chief Subrato Roy and a handful of actors.

Although, nearly a1000 invitations were sent out, some 500-600 guests turned up at the Taj Krishna hotel.

Also present was a Pakistani delegation led by their Minister of Welfare and Population Firdaus Ashiq Awana, who presented a golden crown to Sania.


Image: (From left) Actor Raza Murad, Sania Mirza, Chandrababu Naidu, Shoaib Malik and Sania's dad Imran

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'This wedding will promote brotherhood between India and Pakistan'

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"We have come to congratulate Sania and Shoaib on behalf of the people of Sialkot and Pakistan. We are presenting this crown to Sania. This crown symbolises the love, affection and respect of the people of Sialkot and Pakistan," Awana said.

"We hope this wedding will promote brotherhood and friendship between the people of the two countries," she added.


Image: Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik with the groom's mother

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Tanvir lone Pak cricketer at the reception

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Apart from Chandrababu Naidu, others who attended the ceremony included actors Raja Murad, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Neha Dhupia and Rakshanda Khan.

Shoaib's team-mate Sohail Tanvir was the only Pakistani cricketer who arrived here to attend the ceremony.

Every one of the 500-odd guests who attended the function, was introduced to the couple.


Image: Sahara chief Subroto Roy (second from left) with the couple and the bride's parents

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