There may be restrictions on the news coverage around the birth of actors Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s baby, but that hasn’t stopped the bookies from betting big money on it.
Reports suggest that Rs 150 crore is riding on bets on whether Ash will deliver on November 11 or not. "This date has come after hundreds of years and astrologers say it’s auspicious — that’s why it’s a hot favourite with most betters," says a Delhi-based bookie.
"After 11.11.11, it’s Children’s Day that’s a favourite," says a punter.
Reportedly, bets have also been placed on the gender of the child — 70 paise per rupee on a girl and 80 paise per rupee on a boy. The amount put up in the betting pool has allegedly reached the figures Indo-Pak cricket matches generally do.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is nine months pregnant, made a public appearance with husband Abhishek Bachchan at a party thrown by designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla in Mumbai on Tuesday.