The most awaited baby of Bollywood is on its way. And all everyone wants to know is when Bachchan Super Jr is due! On Tuesday night, actor Amitabh Bachchan announced on Twitter that son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai are expecting their first child. While family and friends are tight-lipped about the due date, experts say Ash may just be ready to deliver around her birthday on November 1.
“She definitely looks more than three months pregnant because the bump’s showing already,” says gynaecologist, Dr Meenakshi Ahuja of Fortis. She adds, “Looking at the changes in Aishwarya’s body in the past few weeks, one can notice the effects of hormonal changes due to medication, so she may have gone for assisted reproduction.”
“From Aishwarya’s recent pictures, it looks like she is around four months pregnant. Her bulging abdomen, her weight and puffiness are indicative,” says Dr Anuradha Kapur, Max Health Care. Dr Veena Bhat, director, gynecology at Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon, says, “It looks like she’s in her mid trimester.”
Dr Vinita Salvi, who determined Aishwarya’s pregnancy at Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, however, refused to confirm or deny if the baby was conceived through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), saying, “I will not comment on the subject.”
Significantly, Aishwarya did not do any stage performances after January this year, when she danced at the Star Screen Awards in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the news of her pregnancy was greeted with cheer by family and fraternity. “The family is really very happy for Aishwarya. We are all delighted and waiting for the baby. I can’t, however, tell you when the child is due,” says Ramola Bachchan, wife of Amitabh’s brother Ajitabh Bachchan. Abhishek’s childhood friend, filmmaker Goldie Behl, says, “It is great news. Abhishek is thrilled.”
Amid all the speculation that the Bachchans kept the news of Aishwarya’s pregnancy under wraps for over a month, Amitabh Bachchan clarified on his blog: “The doctors just confirmed it this evening and I have shared it immediately...on Twitter.”
News about Aishwarya’s pregnancy has been fodder for gossip mills ever since she and Abhishek got married in April 2007. The first rumours surfaced when she was reportedly spotted throwing grains outside the house, a ritual that indicates fertility. The next big rumour started in May 2008 when she was seen wearing a long coat at the premiere of Sarkar Raj in Delhi. In February 2010, the Bachchans sent a notice to a Mumbai tabloid for carrying a story about Aishwarya not being able to conceive due to uterus tuberculosis.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar’s ambitious film Heroine, in which Aishwarya plays the lead, may have to be shelved due to the actor’s pregnancy. Sources close to Madhur say that the filmmaker was not aware of Ash’s pregnancy and is in a fix about his ‘dream project’ worth over Rs18 crore, for which Ash has filmed for over 10 days.
On Wednesday, he held a meeting with Ash and the producers, UTV, to chalk out a plan. A friend of the actor, however, says she plans to finish the shoot for the film by July end.
At an awards do in Mumbai, Ash goes for a loose-fitting kurta to hide the baby weight she seems to have started gaining
She goes for an all -black, loose-fitting suit style ensemble. Bump watchers go wild wondering what she’s hiding
Nearly a month before her French trip, Ash is spotted covering her tummy with her sari pallu at a photo-op
For the red carpet screening of Midnight In Paris in Cannes, Ash wears a gown designed to strategically cover her belly
At Cannes, a visibly plump Ash opts for garments which gather near her tummy, hiding what’s possibly her baby bump
At a promotional event in France, Aishwarya hides the obvious baby bump with a cape-style jacket and a flowy outfit
Grand daddy Big B tweets
10pm: NEWS NEWS NEWS!! I AM GOING TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER .. AISHWARYA EXPECTING .. SO HAPPY AND THRILLED !!!
1am: Overwhelmed with your wishes and blessings... 2843 new tweets in half an hour! Thank you all!
1am: doodh nawal, poot nawal, vansh mein vibhuti nawal, my Father’s words from one of his works, says it all ... his legacy lives on
2am: The child of Abhishek and Aishwarya shall be the first Bachchan of the generation after my brother and me
11.30am: No words to express my gratitude to all those that wish us on the coming of a new born... I am humbled, honoured, happy.