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    Published: 2018-12-13 02:37:42 BdST

The daughter of India's richest man got married on Wednesday in a traditional ceremony in Mumbai attended by Bollywood stars and former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan leaves after attending the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 13, 2018. Reuters

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan leaves after attending the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 13, 2018. Reuters

The marriage brings together two of India's most influential families.

Bride Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, and her groom Anand Piramal, heir to a real-estate and pharmaceutical business, after they got married in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reliance Industries/Handout via REUTERS

Bride Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, and her groom Anand Piramal, heir to a real-estate and pharmaceutical business, after they got married in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reliance Industries/Handout via REUTERS

The bride, Isha Ambani, 27, is the daughter of Mukesh Ambani, head of the vast Reliance conglomerate whose net worth Forbes put at $43 billion.

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao arrive to attend the wedding of Isha Ambani, daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao arrive to attend the wedding of Isha Ambani, daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Her groom, Anand Piramal, 33, is heir to a real-estate and pharmaceutical business.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, his wife actress Aishwarya Rai and their daughter Aaradhya arrive to attend the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Actor Abhishek Bachchan, his wife actress Aishwarya Rai and their daughter Aaradhya arrive to attend the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

The wedding bash took place at Ambani's Mumbai residence, an extraordinary 27-storey structure known as one of the most expensive homes in the world.

Actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas arrive to attend the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas arrive to attend the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

It was covered in red roses and decorated with lights and flowers for the occasion.

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and his wife actress Deepika Padukone leave after attending the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh and his wife actress Deepika Padukone leave after attending the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

The groom and his family arrived in vintage cars as security guards onlookers and photographers from the narrow lane in south Mumbai that leads to the residence.

Actress Alia Bhatt arrives to attend the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Actress Alia Bhatt arrives to attend the wedding ceremony of Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

India's Filmfare magazine said 600 guests were expected at what media have dubbed the "the big, fat Indian wedding".

Mukesh Ambani (C), Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in seen during his daughter Isha Ambani's wedding ceremony in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Mukesh Ambani (C), Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, in seen during his daughter Isha Ambani's wedding ceremony in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

The festivities were a culmination of lavish pre-wedding celebrations in the desert city of Udaipur over the weekend which featured a private concert by American singer Beyonce.

Anant Ambani (L) and Akash Ambani, sons of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, ride horses as they take part in the wedding procession of their sister Isha Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Anant Ambani (L) and Akash Ambani, sons of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, ride horses as they take part in the wedding procession of their sister Isha Ambani, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Bride Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, and her groom Anand Piramal, heir to a real-estate and pharmaceutical business, after they got married in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reliance Industries/Handout via REUTERS

Bride Isha Ambani, the daughter of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, and her groom Anand Piramal, heir to a real-estate and pharmaceutical business, after they got married in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reliance Industries/Handout via REUTERS

As well as Clinton, who according to Indian media reports has an association with the Ambanis that goes back more than 18 years, attendees included newly-weds actress Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas, former Indian finance minister P Chidambaram, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan.

Antilia, the house of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, is decorated during his daughter Isha Ambani's wedding, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Antilia, the house of the Chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani, is decorated during his daughter Isha Ambani's wedding, in Mumbai, India, December 12, 2018. Reuters

Many in India, where millions of people live in dire poverty, have closely followed the wedding preparations, including the couple's engagement at a luxury hotel on Italy's Lake Como.

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