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Khan and Kapoor's Bollywood 'royal' marriage

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot in Mumbai in the most anticipated Indian celebrity wedding of the year.

Newly-weds Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Punit Paranjpe / AFP
Newly-weds Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

Bollywood glamour couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor tied the knot today in Mumbai in the most anticipated Indian celebrity wedding of the year.

Kapoor, 32, and Khan, 42 - Bollywood's answer to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - held an official ceremony at the groom's home in the city, to be followed by an evening party at the grand Taj Mahal Palace hotel.

The newly-weds emerged to pose and wave to the large press pack waiting outside the residence. Kapoor appeared in a red bridal wear, while Khan wore a simple grey kurta.

The couple have been dating for five years and come from famous acting families, with their wedding attracting frenzied media coverage. "Party time" ran the headline in the Mail Today, which offered breathless coverage of a pre-wedding function in Mumbai on Sunday evening.

Another celebration is reportedly planned at the Pataudi Palace, the ancestral home of Khan in northern Haryana state. He became the new Nawab (Muslim prince) of the former princely state of Pataudi last year after the death of his famous cricketing father Mansur Ali Khan, known as "Tiger Pataudi".

Khan's mother Sharmila Tagore is an award-winning actress and his sister Soha is also in the movie business. Kapoor hails from one of Bollywood's foremost acting dynasties, started by her great-grandfather Prithviraj. Her grandfather Raj Kapoor was a cinematic legend while his brothers and a number of relatives have become well-known names in the industry. Khan, who has appeared in about 50 films including 2001's Dil Chahta Hai and Hum Tum, 2004, has two children with his previous wife Amrita Singh. They divorced in 2004. Kapoor, entering her first marriage, has similar number of film credits to her name include hits like 3 Idiots, 2009 and Jab We Met. She appeared alongside Khan in this year's spy flick Agent Vinod.