Mumbai: Eagerly awaited Kareena Kapoor – Saif Ali Kahn wedding is surrounded by hype. The bride Kareena has reportedly asked to retain her identity and she will not opt for conversion unlike her mother-in law Sharmila Tagore,
The newly anointed Nawab of Pataudi Saif and Kareena are getting married on October 16 at Pataudi Palace in Pataudi village. She has reportedly favoured for Hindu marriage ceremony and will not covert to Islam.
Although, she will adorn Sharmila’s bridal dress Shararkurti with Dupatta but will not acquire a Muslim name unlike her mother in law. Saif had already shown his positive side to it in a recent interview,” I would never want her (Kareena) to change her religion. That is the trouble with religion really... it expects conversion. I don't buy or believe that. I think it's good that the government, too, has â?unless I'm misinformed about the law amended to include it in the Special Marriage Act. If and when we do get married, no one has to change his or her religion,"
Kareena has number of times maintained that she respects all religions and used to visit church as child. Her mother Babita’s mom was catholic. In earlier inter-faith marriage, Sharmila and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi had Nikah ceremony in 1969. Sharmila, a Benagli from Rabindranath Tagore family had converted to Islam under name of Ayesha Begum. Earlier Saif’s first marriage to Amrita Singh in 1991 was a muslim ceremony. Amrita, a Sikh had converted to Islam and adopted a Muslim name.
Meanwhile, preparations for marriages are in full swing at the Pataudi Palace. According to sources Sharmila is currently in London and is likely to return on July 20 and then the main preparation will take place.