What's up, Ash? The whole world is dying to know whether Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai are tying the knot or not. With the two making a joint appearance in Varanasi, rumours have come out thick and fast from the holy town.
The official version of the trip has been what the head priest of the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Chandramouli Upadhaya, has maintained: "It was a naugrah shanti puja which the Bachchans perform every time they come to Kashi."
Shreedhar Pandey, another priest who was involved in the puja, added: "There was no mention of Aishwarya or Abhishek's kundlis." That is the official version but the grapevine has something else. A source close to the family, who doesn't wish to be named, says, "Due to the bad health of Amitabh's mother, Teji Bachchan, the family is looking at an early marriage. So, to ward off the mangal dosh in Aishwarya's kundli, this puja was performed."
The speculation gained ground with the way the visit was organised — the clan had made a kitchen-door entry in Taj Ganga, Varanasi.
While to add more fuel to the burning gossip mills, the latest buzz is that the Bachchans bought 11 Banarasi saris of different hues during their stay in Varanasi. Now, for whom and why looks like anybody's guess!
Well, these are, after all, rumours and one must not forget that the two have a film together due for release — Guru.
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