When the world's most beautiful woman and Bollywood's most eligible bachelor decided to get married, it was bound to end up as the decade's most hyped wedding. Even before the celebrations kicked off, the controversies began. Had Aishwarya been married to a tree (or was it a matka) because she was a manglik? Who was on the invitees' list and who was not (would Salman Khan be there)? Would the Kajara re girl work after getting married?
When the big day arrived in April, TV channels parked their OB vans outside the Bachchan home, Prateeksha, and reporters all but set up home on the sidewalks for those couple of days. But since no one could actually get into the house (not even Shah Rukh Khan), all we saw were the gates, the darwaans and occasionally cars with Famous People, driving in and , out. All we heard was the reporters talking to each other or to viewers about what they thought was going on inside ("We can hear music, the festivities must be on…"). So when a small-time model dramatically appeared on the scene, claiming that Abhishek had promised to marry her and not Aishwarya, the reporters turned to her gleefully interviewing her for , hours on end.
In the end, however, the wedding generated more ill-will than good wishes for the happy couple. Most of Bollywood felt deeply insulted since they were not invited, and most television viewers felt severely cheated since all they saw were the aforementioned gates, darwaans etc. Perhaps that's why - to counter all the negative vibes - the Bachchans went on their indefatigable round of temples and dargahs post-wedding.
The latest on Abhi-Ash? Is she or is she not? (Pregnant, silly).