Ending the half-year-long speculation about their marriage, over the weekend he proposed. A traditional courtesy he believes in, and she assented.
The senior Bachchans said they met with Aishwarya Rai’s family at La Mer, their Bandra residence on Sunday evening, and formalised the alliance.
Vrinda Rai, who has nurtured the former Miss World’s private and professional lives, is thrilled just as Amitabh Bachchan is.
There’s a parallel here, in a coincidental way perhaps. Amitabh Bachchan married Jaya Bhaduri soon after the hosannas, which followed his Zanjeer performance in 1973.
Now Abhishek Bachchan has formalised his relationship with Aishwarya Rai following the unqualified praise he has evoked for his tour de force performance in Guru.
Like Jaya Bhaduri, too, the future daughter-in-law is at the peak of her career. At this point of time, it does appear that the Abhishek-Aishwarya won’t rush into marriage.
They are being signed up for quite a few mega-projects the buzz goes. Known for his teasing ticklish and I-won’t lie to you anyways, Bachchan Junior says, yes sure, but they’ll be announced by and by.
Vis-à-vis the marriage date, Abhishek rolls his tongue-in-chic to state, “Listen, all of you guys in the media already know my wedding date even if I don’t.” Some newspapers and TV channels had zeroed in on February 19 which he says is “off the mark.” Friends of both the families say the saat pheras should take place within the year.
Door shut at a Jalsa office room — to subvert the no-comments downer — I ask right away:
|Abhishek Bachchan in a still from Guru|
Okay Abhishek, I’m a newsperson. Tell me what you would ask yourself if you were a journalist.
I would ask you how you do it.
I would be intrigued by how you approach your work. How you write, reproduce an interview, the creative process behind it.
You wouldn’t ask for the details of your much-talked about marriage to be?
That would be a rude question, but do let me tell you, I’m certainly not getting married on February 19.
I wonder which media pundit decided on that date. Absurd.
You could be putting the media off by saying that’s not the date.
Have I ever lied to you? To put off the media I wouldn’t resort to lying. A wedding date is sacrosanct.. when it’s decided I’ll let you know.
How grown up do you feel now?
I’m 31 going on 31.
What happens when you run into your early girlfriends?
When we meet there are no hard feelings. We’re all good friends.
What are your feelings about marriage?
I’m certainly looking forward to it.
Now tell me about Aishwarya Rai.
What do you want to know? I’m happy we’re together. That has never been a big secret. Is it?