(Thank god Sandy Bullock didn’t go through with this!)
Mirza’s decision to marry a Pakistani incurred some typical, hyperbolic protesting among India’s political radicals, some of whom burned her in effigy the past couple weeks. (A regular occurrence in India, she was the effigy du jour.)
Much more fun was Malik’s apparent, albeit temporary, legal entanglement because of a previous arranged marriage gone wrong. Malik reportedly married a woman over the phone who he thought he’d seen in photographs.
But Malik recently claimed that when he met her, she wasn’t the same person in the pictures he had been provided by the family. Thus, Malik claimed the marriage was fraudulent and that he was free to marry Mirza without delay. (Where’s Glorida Allred when you need her?)
Saturday through Monday the wedding took place.
The ceremony included Mirza getting decorative, temporary henna tattoos completely covering both arms. As part of the nuptials, Malik also paid Mirza 6.1 million Indian rupees ($136,682).
Mirza and Malik plan to live together in Dubai (Middle East’s Vegas - no taxes) and continue their pro careers representing their respective countries. There has been some minor groundswell in India to strip Mirza of her right to represent India in international competition, but that sentiment is a small minority - though the Indian tabloids would have you believe otherwise.
Tabloids exaggerating? Can you imagine?