Dipika Pallikal Weds Dinesh Karthik, Twice!
Celebrity weddings have always been an intrigue to the general public. Latest on the line is the double-ceremony wedding of lead cricketer Dinesh Karthik and squash superstar Dipika Rebecca Pallikal.
Two of the best sportspersons in the country, they were married last week first in Syrian Christian style and then in Telugu Naidu style. This is the second marriage of Dinesh Karthik who got divorced from his first wife Nikita.
The bride Dipika holds the record of being the first Indian woman to reach the top 10 in Women’s Squash Association (WSA) rankings. She is a winner of six WSA titles and won gold medal in women’s doubles at the Commonwealth Games of 2014. Dipika is originally from Kerala, born to Sanjiv George and Susan Itticheria from a Christian family.
The 23 year old star turned professional in 2006; she received the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2014. A strong believer in equality of sexes, she has boycotted the National Championship squash competition four times in protest as the female champion is awarded only 40% of what the male champion gets.
The groom, 30-year-old Dinesh Karthik made his debut for Indian cricket team in 2007 and has been a fairly regular part of the team as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Born in Chennai, he began playing cricket at the age of 10 and slowly rose to the level of an international player.
How they met and fell in love
Dipika met the man of her dreams in 2008 at a marathon. Their second meeting was in 2013 at Maverick Gym in Chennai where they became friends. Their relationship is said to have deepened in 2013 in Leeds, England where Dipika went for training. Dinesh proposed to his lady love in June 2013 and the couple got engaged on November 15, 2013 at a private ceremony with close friends and family.
The star couple tied the knot twice with two different ceremonies, following the religious traditions of both. The 45-minute Syrian Christian wedding took place in Chennai on August 18 where the radiant bride wore Swarovski crystals and a beautiful white wedding gown which is said to have been from the US. The ceremony was followed by a reception and a grand party in the evening.
The second wedding took place on August 20 in Hindu Telugu Naidu style in Chennai. The bride wore a traditional yellow bridal saree and matching jewellery. Dipika also had a traditional mehendi ceremony before the wedding. It is also rumoured that the bride held a bachelorette party for 15 of her closest friends before she tied the knot. This double-ceremony wedding caught public attention just like the last celebrated wedding of the same kind- of Riteish Deshukh and GeneliaD’souza, the star couple of Bollywood.
Dinesh Karthik and Dipika Pallikal have more in common than their love for each other. Both were bought up in Chennai and come from two keen sports families. Also, both are stars in their own respective sports and are very attached to their families. Kerala Editor wishes the star couple all happiness.