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It is raining flowers and smileys

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 01:47 IST
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Three smileys and a "THANK YOU" (exactly like that, in capital letters) — that is what actress Aishwarya Rai sent on SMS on Monday when asked about her engagement with actor Abhishek Bachchan.

She returned home at 3.30 am from Bachchan residence Jalsa, after Sunday night's celebrations.

A day after their engagement, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan returned to their busy schedules. Abhishek and his mother Jaya Bachchan took a chartered a flight to Jaipur from where they joined the unit of Drona, directed by Goldie Behl. They are likely to shoot at the Kuchaman city fort in Nagaur, Rajasthan.

Sometime around 4 pm, Rai drove out of her Bandra Reclamation residence Le Mer in her silver Mercedes E-Class to Karjat, where she is shooting for Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodha Akbar.

Her neighbour, ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar, came out without his hat and said: "Finally, Ash and Abhishek are getting hitched! It's a marriage made in heaven, if not on earth. I'm sure the girls will be disappointed about Abhishek's marriage."

A steady stream of delivery boys kept coming in with flowers, with little cards neatly placed on bouquets.

Elsewhere, speaking to NDTV, Amitabh Bachchan said as soon as the date was fixed, the media would be informed about it.

He praised Guru, the movie in which his son co-starred with Rai. He has silently gone through a lot of criticism and ridicule, but Abhishek has proved his critics wrong with Guru.

Earlier in the day, Bachchan Senior and Rai visited Lilavati Hospital in Bandra to meet the former's mother. It was also reported that Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh would also accompany him.

The media camped outside the airport whole night after a new channel aired reports of Bachchan family going to Ujjain. However, to the disappointment of the media, no one of the Bachchan clan turned up.

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