She may have been wearing a long concealing coat and protectively touching her stomach but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan insists that she is not pregnant. The actress joked that if she stood in a particular manner, or draped her dupatta a certain way, everybody speculated that she was expecting.
She also squashed reports that the Bachchans had bought a house worth $10 million in Dubai to skip media attention about the pregnancy .
"No, I am not pregnant," Aishwarya said firmly "There is nothing to hide. We will share this news with the entire world. We will not deprive you of this opportunity ."
Ever since her wedding, reports of pregnancy have dogged the couple. Rumours kicked off when Aishwarya was spotted in the maternity ward of Lilavati Hospital and again when she was seen scattering grain outside her house, an action astrologers said is done by pregnant women to ward off evil.
When Aishwarya and Abhishek visited the Ameen Sahib Peer Dargah in Andhra Pradesh late last year, an astrologer had predicted that if their child were born by December, he would have a very strong Jupiter planetary boon.
Bloggers have also been endlessly discussing not only birth dates but also the child's gender. But the couple have said that they are too busy to start a family.
Aishwarya was in town to promote Sarkar Raj, the movie that will reunite the Bachchan trio after Kajra re. Close-mouthed about the film, the only thing she divulged was "I didn't wear sunglasses worth Rs 10 lakh. I don't know where that came from."