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‘Sonam is my fortunate attraction.’
‘Because of her, the 12 months 2018 went effectively for me, as I received 4 massive weddings.’
‘It began with Sonam’s in November, then Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s in December, Kapil Sharma’s wedding ceremony after which Isha Ambani’s wedding ceremony.’

IMAGE: Veena Nagda with Kajal Aggarwal at the latter’s mehendi ceremony. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

What do Bollywood’s superstar weddings have in frequent?

Mehendi artist Veena Nagda, of course.

It would appear that no high-profile wedding ceremony is full till Nagda applies her mehendi on the bride’s palms.

But it is not at all times restricted to weddings.

Nagda has offered her companies to movies too, like Raazi and Gully Boy, in addition to on necessary events.

“I have one rule,” Nagda tells Rediff.com Contributor Sameena Razzaq. “I never refuse work that comes my way.”

“For me, client satisfaction is very important. They should be happy with the design I make on their hands. Whatever price I quote, I don’t charge according to the pocket strength of my clients, be it the Ambanis or the Mittals. My price remains the same,” she says.

“Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra and Mickey Contractor have been working with me since Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. We have become like family. They keep referring me to other clients,” she provides.

Mehendi has taken me to places I can never even dream of,” Veena says, and appears again at her journey with Bollywood’s brides.


Natasha Dalal-Varun Dhawan

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IMAGE: Veena Nagda with Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal at their mehendi ceremony. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

I’ve been doing Laali Dhawan’s Karva Chauth mehendi for the final 26 years, so it was apparent that her son Varun and his bride Natasha’s mehendi reserving would come to me.

Varun is like my son.

I’ve seen Varun and Sonam (Kapoor) since they had been children.

I did not know Natasha was a dressmaker.

She had a number of solutions, like she wished me to incorporate flowers that had been on her costume in the mehendi design.

It wasn’t potential, so she settled for design recommended by us.


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IMAGE: Veena Nagda with Natasha and her mom Gauri Dalal. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

Natasha additionally wished an Arabic design, however that would depart loads of gaps, and isn’t apt for a bride.

We made an intricate sample and she or he preferred it.

When I used to be making use of mehendi on Natasha’s palms, Varun abruptly got here and advised me, ‘Veenaji, zara jaldi lagayiye‘ as a result of he wished to take his bride to bop.

He advised me, ‘Veenaji, so a few years have handed however you look the identical.’

His phrases made my day.

After some time, Varun got here once more and took Natasha for the dance.

They had been dancing on the track Bhangra Ta Sajda./em>.

After all the dancing, we utilized mehendi on the groom’s palms.

Laaliji had instructed us to make ‘Om’ on Varun’s palm, however later, he requested us to write down ‘N loves V’ on his palm too, and we did.


Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja

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IMAGE: Veena Nagda and her crew apply mehendi for Sonam Kapoor. Photograph: Kind courtesy Rhea Kapoor/Instagram

Sonam is my fortunate attraction.

Because of her, t2018 went effectively for me, as I received 4 massive weddings.

It began with Sonam’s in November, then Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s in December, Kapil Sharma’s wedding ceremony after which Isha Ambani’s wedding ceremony.

I received these 4 weddings as a result of of Sonam.

She had put my first ever {photograph} on Instagram and since of that, everyone got here to know that Veena is doing Sonam’s mehendi.

Sunitaji (Kapoor, Sonam’s mom) had booked me for Sonam’s wedding ceremony two-three months prior, because it was scheduled to occur in Switzerland.

Like Sunitaji, I’ve been making use of mehendi to Sonam’s mother-in-law for a very long time too.

When I used to be about to start out making use of mehendi on Sonam’s palms, Sunitaji got here and mentioned that she wished to be the first individual to use mehendi on her daughter’s palms.

So Anilji (Sonam’s dad, Anil Kapoor) and Sunitaji sat with Sonam, did mooh-meetha after which I started making use of mehendi.


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IMAGE: The bride exhibits off her mehendi. Photograph: Kind courtesy Pernia Qureshi/Instagram

Sonam mentioned she wished the identical barik intricate mehendi that we used to use on her when she was a toddler.

She wished lotus flowers and small kairis, so we made all that.

We made an elephant on Anand’s hand as a result of an elephant symbolises a king.

The sangeet ceremony was held with the mehendi so all the relations had been current.

There had been shut mates too, together with Manish Malhotra and Karan Johar.

We could be making use of mehendi, then Sonam could be taken for a dance.

We utilized mehendi to relations too.

The second day was her actual mehendi perform, the place company from her sasural had been additionally current.

Sonam needed to go to Cannes proper after the wedding ceremony, and was very eager on preserving the mehendi color.

She was involved that it shouldn’t lighten, so she advised me to be ready to return to Delhi to use mehendi on her hand once more.

Thankfully, the color remained intact.


Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh

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IMAGE: Deepika Padukone at her mehendi ceremony. Photograph: Kind courtesy Deepika Padukone/Instagram

This was my dream wedding ceremony.

While making use of mehendi on Deepika’s palms throughout the shoot of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, I had advised her that I’d do her wedding mehendi too, and she or he promised to let me.

I’m glad she stored her promise after 5 years!

I received a name from her crew to maintain myself free between December 11-15.

I had no clue then whose wedding ceremony it was or the place I needed to go.

I simply knew the dates.

Mehendi is only a day’s ceremony, so I puzzled why they booked me for 5 days.

It was at the visa workplace that I realised that we’re going for Deepika and Ranveer’s wedding ceremony.

I used to be so excited that I used to be going all the approach to Italy to use mehendi to Deepika!

My son was in America then, and I had not met him for 2 years. So I requested him to return to Italy, in order that we might meet.

Italy is so stunning.

On the night time that we reached, we utilized mehendi to Deepika’s mom, her sister, her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law.

Deepika got here and hugged me from behind.

She mentioned, ‘Veenaji, I stored my promise.’

Ranveer was doing loads of masti whereas seeing the mehendi album along with her and he stored telling us do that design and that!

Then he took the mehendi cone from me and requested me to show him how one can apply.

The subsequent day morning was Deepika’s mehendi perform. We had been known as at 10 am, although the perform would begin an hour later.

It was very chilly at the venue.

The preparations for the mehendi had been made in open air.

I advised them that it was very chilly and that Deepika would possibly catch a chilly.

Thankfully, the climate modified the second we sat down to use the mehendi on her palms, and the solar was shining vivid.


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IMAGE: Ranveer joins the women for {a photograph}. Photograph: Kind courtesy Deepika Padukone/Instagram

After some time, Ranveer joined in.

He entered dancing and mentioned, ‘Waah waah! Kya baat hai! Ek queen doosri queen ko mehendi lagaa rahi hai woh bhi Italy mein!

Our mobiles had been switched off, so I couldn’t report that second.

Deepika wished a lotus on her hand, so we did that.

The subsequent day, Ranveer advised us to make a diya on his hand as a token of love for Deepika, calling her ‘Meri Deep.’ We additionally made small stars on his palm.

After the mehendi was the sangeet after which a celebration.

The ornament was so stunning. They had organised a candle mild dinner for relations.

After that, they’d organised a one-day tour to Milan for us.


Ginni Chatrath-Kapil Sharma

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IMAGE: Ginni Chatrath at her mehendi ceremony. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

Kapil’s secretary had known as me for the reserving, however had not specified whose wedding it was.

I advised him I’m busy on the dates that he had talked about.

Then he gave me the particulars. He advised me the ceremony was in Jalandhar, for Kapil’s bride, Ginni Chatrath.

Since Ginni was very eager on having me, she modified the date of her mehendi ceremony from December 12 to December 9.

I’m a giant fan of Kapil and made the changes accordingly.

We reached the venue at 2 pm, however Ginni was delayed.

We waited for 3 hours.

Finally, she sat at 5 pm to use the mehendi.

She had seen our lotus design and wished so as to add a small determine of the dulha-dulhan.

She made us write Kapil’s identify as effectively.

After finishing her mehendi, she despatched us to Kapil’s home and advised us to make a lotus on his hand too.

When we went to Kapil’s home, a celebration was occurring.

We advised him that Ginni has requested us to use mehendi on his hand, however he mentioned he was busy.

In their tradition, the groom’s household doesn’t come to the bride’s residence for the mehendi celebration.

By the time we completed, it was 3 am and we missed our flight again from Amritsar.

But they made preparations for us to fly again residence.


Kajal Aggarwal-Gautam Kitchlu

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IMAGE: Kajal Aggarwal exhibits off her mehendi. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

Kajal spoke to me 15 days previous to the wedding ceremony and insisted that my ladies and I am going by way of COVID testing. I agreed.

On the day of the mehendi, they did a pooja earlier than beginning the perform.

Kajal requested us to use the Marwadi barik bridal mehendi since she is a Marwadi.

She requested us to make Radha-Krishna and a peacock on her palm.

The subsequent day, her haldi ceremony was held at a resort.

From there, we went to the bridegroom Gautam’s place and made a lotus on his hand.

Lotus is Laxmi’s image, so each the bride and the groom wished it. They think about it auspicious.


Shloka Mehta-Akash Ambani

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IMAGE: Shloka Mehta with Veena Nagda. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

I’ve been making use of mehendi on Shloka’s palms for the final six-seven years.

Whenever she would come to Mumbai, she would ask us to use mehendi.

Shloka’s mom Monaji gave us the reserving for her wedding ceremony.

We got cream colored clothes for the mehendi perform.

Just earlier than the mehendi perform, they’d the sagaai.

Shloka’s sagaai was held at (Mukesh Ambani’s residence) Antila. That was the first time I received to see the home.

They have an enormous mandir in the home, so we had been advised to maintain the mehendi cones in the mandir first.

I’ll always remember that day.

When Monaji requested me to take Shloka to Antilia, I used to be actually stunned.

I advised Shloka I used to be nervous.

She mentioned don’t fret, so we went to Antilia.

She requested us to make an ‘A’ on her hand.

When I got here residence that day, the thought of visiting Antilia lingered on my thoughts for a very long time.

I advised Shloka that I’d give her loads of blessings as a result of I had by no means even dreamt of visiting Antilia and she or he gave me that chance.

When it involves the Ambanis, there’s nothing left to say!

The ornament was surreal. 

Even although I used to be not invited for the wedding, I received to attend it as I needed to apply mehendi on Akashji‘s hand.

He had been busy on the day of the mehendi ceremony.

Nitaji‘s (Akash’s mom Nita Ambani) preparations had been excellent. I can not describe the grandeur in phrases.

Every kind of music was an element of the baraat.

Nitaji was very impressed to see me utilizing my very own pillow and serviette and she or he advised Mukeshji that in Gujarati.

The pillow offers consolation to the hand when the mehendi is being utilized, in order that the consumer experiences no discomfort.


Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal

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IMAGE: Isha Ambani will get mehendi on her palms. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

Isha had preferred my mehendi at Shloka’s sagaai perform, so Shloka booked me for Isha’s mehendi perform.

All my 30 ladies got pink clothes.

Isha’s mehendi was first held at her place close to the poolside after which one other perform was held in Udaipur, particularly for Isha’s mates.

The flower ornament at the home was superb.

Isha’s wedding function was held at her residence in Antilia.

Even although I didn’t attend the wedding ceremony, I noticed the decorations.

The perfection bowled me over. In that monumental flower ornament, not a single flower was out of place.

The curtains had uncommon zardosi work, made by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. The design was given by Nitaji.

Nitaji was personally overseeing the preparations.

Even at the reception, the recent flower decorations was the predominant attraction.

When we watched the the reception in the information, we realised that we had been the first to witness that grandeur.

We had been even given booklets of the decorations, and it had particulars like what number of flowers had been used.


Shooting with Alia Bhatt

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IMAGE: Alia Bhatt on the units of Raazi. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

I’ve been making use of mehendi on Alia’s palms since her first movie, Student of the Year.

Then, Manish Malhotra had requested me to return, however he had not advised me that she was taking part in a bride.

When I went there, he mentioned our bride is trendy and that they wished a contemporary mehendi design.

We utilized mehendi to Alia throughout 2 States too. She performed a South Indian bride, so we simply needed to make circles in her palms.

Then we utilized mehendi to her throughout Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

In Raazi, we needed to apply mehendi design of the Seventies.

In that interval, Muslims used to use orange mehendi and the design was a bit denser.

Director Meghna Gulzarji had particularly advised us that she didn’t need barik mehendi.

Alia’s sasural was proven to be in Pakistan, so we utilized a denser design.

Meghnaji needs perfection, so we had been very explicit.


Laali Dhawan and Sunita Kapoor’s Karva Chauth ceremonies

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IMAGE: With Karuna ‘Laali’ Dhawan on Karva Chauth. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

I’ve been going to Laaliji‘s and Sunitaji‘s (Kapoor) properties for Karva Chauth for 26 years.

They at all times ask for barik mehendi.

They have a party-like atmosphere on Karva Chauth.


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IMAGE: Sridevi and Maheep Kapoor throughout Karva Chauth. Photograph: Kind courtesy Veena Nagda/Instagram

Sunitaji had hosted Sridevi’s first Karva Chauth at her residence.

A number of months earlier than her loss of life, she was supposed to return to Sunitaji‘s home for Karva Chauth, however she couldn’t make it, as she had a shoot that day.

Then she had requested me to return to her place however it was late, so I couldn’t go.

Little did I do know it could be her final Karva Chauth.

I remorse not going to Sridevi’s place for Karva Chauth that 12 months.

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