Low-key wedding for Mumbai don Arun Gawli’s daughter Yogita with actor Akshay Waghmare at Dagdi Chawl


Arun Gawli’s daughter Yogita to tie the knot with Marathi actor Akshay Waghmare today in the presence of just family.

Underworld don Arun Gawli’s daughter Yogita is set to tie the knot with Marathi actor Akshay Waghmare today. However, it will not be a grand affair, as was originally planned, but a low-key wedding at the don’s stronghold Dagdi Chawl, with only families present.

The wedding was originally scheduled for March 29 at a 5-star hotel in Lower Parel but had to be postponed due to the lockdown.

Akshay and Yogita had gotten engaged in December. On Thursday evening, a haldi ceremony was performed in the presence of both the families. The actor and his family got permission from Pune police on Wednesday to travel to Mumbai for the wedding.

The haldi ceremony of Yogita and Akshay was held on Thursday evening

The haldi ceremony of Yogita and Akshay was held on Thursday evening

According to the family members, Akshay is related to legendary Marathi actor Dada Kondke’s sister and was last seen in a Marathi movie, Fatteshikasat. Yogita is a lawyer and also runs an NGO. “We knew each other since the past few years. Her brother Mahesh is a good friend of mine. It’s a love-cum-arranged marriage,” said Waghmare.

The families decided to get married in the middle of the lockdown as Gawli, who had got parole on February 28 might have to surrender to jail authorities any time even though he has applied for an extension of parole, the hearing of which is pending with the Bombay High Court. Gawli is serving a life term in the murder case of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar and is serving his sentence in Nagpur jail.

Yogita, who runs an NGO that distributes organic free sanitary pads, is Gawli’s third child. His elder daughter Geeta is a three-time corporator, his son Mahesh is in real estate, his sons Yogesh and Atmita are still studying.

“The wedding will be in the Dagdi Chawl premises and will be a very low-key event with only family members,” said Yogita’s elder sister Geeta Gawli. “Though we wanted the event to be a big one, now it will be held at the Shankar Temple which has been built by my father,” she said.

“We are happy that five years after my brother Mahesh’s wedding in May, 2015, there is another function in the family,” said Geeta, who said ample sanitizers and masks have been kept for the guests.

Mahesh’s wedding in 2015 was held at the Mahalaxmi racecourse and was attended by several high profile people. The Gawli family has also informed the local Agripada police, who has told them to follow the norms of social distancing. The Mumbai Crime branch is also likely to keep an eye on the wedding although these days the underworld is lying very low.

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