Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Brand prepares to say 'I Hindu'

Russell Brand's wax figure at Madame Tussauds, London, is being painted with a tilaka prior to his wedding in India

Russell Brand prepares to say "I Hindu" this weekend - by donning traditional Indian wedding gear.

The comic and actor is to tie the knot with pop beauty Katy Perry in a Hindu-style ceremony near Jaipur in Rajasthan.

And to mark the occasion, staff at Madame Tussauds in London gave his newly installed figure a few touches to celebrate the occasion.

Staff decorated his brow with a vermilion tilak, a traditional north Indian wedding mark and his tight grey suit was given a vivid makeover with wedding garlands.

The pair flew into India earlier this week with Perry, 25, covering her head and face as she and her 35-year-old fiancee touched down in Mumbai.

The ceremony is said to be taking place at a luxury resort outside the Ranthambore tiger sanctuary.

One of the tour operators said it would be a six-day celebration beginning on Saturday with a Hindu ceremony.

About 80 guests are expected to be taken on tours of the tiger sanctuary in the days after the wedding.

Private security teams have been stationed at nearby hotels.

Perry has already appealed for privacy on Twitter while the couple take a break from the limelight to get married.

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