Friday, 22 October 2010

Do not disturb the animals: Authorities threaten to raid Russell Brand and Katy Perry's wedding if things get too raucous


Safari time: Brand joins wedding guests including David Baddiel (far right) on a safari in Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, India yesterday

But things have already taken a turn for the worst as Brand's entourage 'assault and punch' photographers while on safari

A bodyguard of the comedian's and another man in the party have been questioned by police over the incident

Armed officers will shut down celebrations if animals in the Ranthambore National Park are disturbed

Russell Brand's Indian jungle wedding to Katy Perry will be raided by police if 'things get out of hand', as authorities attempt to stop the festivities scaring tigers.

Armed officers say they will also close down the three-day nuptials, due to begin today, if there is any raucous behaviour, fireworks or if music goes on beyond 10pm.

Rapper P Diddy is expected to perform to the 85 guests at the event being held at the £600-a-night resort at the Ranthambore National Park, a famous tiger reserve which is also home to leopards, wild boars, hyenas and sloth bears.

Expansive: The tented area on the edge of the park where Katy, Russell and their guest's are staying for a week-long celebration - but authorities have threatened to close celebrations down if things get out of hand

Jonathan Ross, R&B singer Rihanna and Little Britain star David Walliams are among guests at the wedding, which will also include elephants, dancers and snake charmers.
But Sawaimadhopur district police chief Vishnu Kant said: 'We cannot allow anything to disturb the wildlife.

'We will be very vigilant and take strict action if that becomes necessary. We will not hesitate to stop the wedding if the laws are not obeyed. We would not allow playing of musical instruments and blaring loudspeakers after 10pm and things must not get out of hand before then.

Territorial: A tiger strolls around in the park, but armed officers are ready to pounce if the park's animals are disturbed by any loud music or fireworks at the event

'It is very important that the tigers and other animals do not get frightened by loud noises.'

Yesterday Brand was spotted with a henna tattoo painted on his hand before going on safari.

While it is the custom for the bride to sport the temporary ink on her hands and fingers, it is more than a little unusual for the groom to do so.

However, Brand looked thrilled with the intricate design painted on his right hand as he joined wedding guests including David Baddiel and his girlfriend Morwenna Banks on a safari to the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, India.

A woman believed to be Katy was also seen on a separate safari trip - but was wearing a bag over her head and was believed to be a decoy.

The last time the 25-year-old singer was pictured was when she and Brand arrived at the airport in India, and the I Kissed A Girl singer was sporting a traditional Indian bridal nose ring.

Comedian Baddiel has certainly been taking in as many of the local sights as possible since arriving in India earlier this week.

Earlier yesterday Baddiel, who accompanied Brand on his stag do to strip club Stringfellows, was seen riding a camel with his daughter at the Hotel Aman e Khas in Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, as Katy's parents Keith and Mary Hudson watched and occasionally took pictures.

The group were enjoying some peace and quiet ahead of this weekend's celebration, which will undoubtedly be one of the most glamorous and talked-about affairs since Victoria Adams married David Beckham.

'Assaulted': AFP photographer Manan Vatsayana, second left, falls on the ground after an altercation with the bodyguards and a friend of British actor-comedian Brand

Taking in the scenery: Brand seen earlier on the safari trip with his guests

Bag lady: A woman believed to be Perry seen here on a separate safari trip, covering her head with a bag, but it was believed to be a decoy

The wedding, which is thought to be costing in the region of £300,000, starts today with a Hindu wedding ceremony conducted by a local priest at the Sher Bagh resort, a luxury resort outside the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

According to local tour operator Rajasthan Tours' manager Mohan Singh, whose company is one of several involved in organising the event, the nuptials are likely to be an eventful and 'colourful' affair.

Singh said: 'This would be a colourful Rajasthan wedding, and both Brand and Perry would be attired in Indian wedding attires.'

Practising: Russell Brand strode purposefully to the safari yesterday morning, perhaps practising his walk down the aisle ahead of his wedding to Katy today

Traditional: Brand stepped out with an Indian henna tattoo on his hand - normally worn by the bride

The couple, who flew into India earlier this week, have hired 13 vehicles to take some of their 80 or so guests on tours of the wildlife sanctuary in the days after the wedding, Singh explained.

And the celebrations kicked off in earnet as Brand and Katy treated guests to a sumptuous Bollywood-style feast as they arrived, which featured snake charmers and traditional dancers.

The Ranthambore National Park, one of northern India's largest sanctuaries, is best known for it large tiger population, but is also home to leopards, wild boars, hyenas and sloths.

The sanctuary, about 80miles south-east of the city of Jaipur, also includes several lakes and a 10th-century fort.

Brand and Perry will be staying in a luxury tent at the Aman-i-Khas resort, just outside the sanctuary, with guests staying at the nearby Vanyavilas and Sher Bagh resorts, Singh said.

Private security has already been stationed at the hotels, which have refused to discuss the event with media.

However, while the couple are hoping to impress guests with their wedding, the strict Indian laws rule out fireworks, because of the proximity to the nature reserve, and also forbid music to be played after 10pm.

Sawaimadhopur district police chief Vishnu Kan, who said the local police have not been informed about the celebrations, said: 'We have no clue about the wedding.

Sights: The locals are clearly thrilled to be welcoming Brand and Katy for their wedding

'But we would not allow playing of musical instruments and blaring loudspeakers after 10 in the night.

'We are bound by the Indian laws.'

Hoping to keep the event details secret, the couple had sent out wedding invitations saying simply that they were getting married in India and the celebrations would last for up to a week.

Katy Perry's Twitter page also contains a plea for privacy.

Getting ready: Katy Perry's parents Keith and Mary Hudson are in India ahead of their daughter's wedding to Russell Brand

Enjoying the local sights: Guest, comedian David Baddiel, enjoys a camel ride with his daughter

The singer wrote: 'TWIT BREAK: Greatest gift you can give us is respect and love during this private time.

'No use wasting our time with STOLEN or FALSE info. Thank you for this.'
The couple have given the exclusive coverage rights to a London magazine, and no other photographers or journalists will be allowed into the resort.

Guests, who also began arriving in India on Wednesday, are expected to include Barbadian pop singer Rihanna, who is Katy's maid of honour, and Little Britain star David Walliams.

In preparation: Brand's waxwork at Madame Tussauds has been decked out in traditional Indian wedding gear

Also likely to attend is presenter Jonathan Ross, whom Brand joined in the infamous prank phone call to actor Andrew Sachs to boast that he had slept with the actor's granddaughter.

Ross' representative Gary Farrow said Ross would 'probably' be going, but could not discuss it further as it was a private affair.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, Brand's waxwork at London's Madame Tussauds has been decked out in traditional Indian wedding gear to mark 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.

Here comes the bride: Katy Perry was seen arriving in India, sporting a traditional Indian bridal nose ring, earlier this week

source: dailymail

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