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The Ash-Abhishek love story

It took seven months for Jr B to convice his parents to accept Aishwarya as Bachchan bahu, says Princy Jain.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 16:55 IST
Princy Jain
Princy Jain

Love ain’t easy. Ask Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor Abhishek Bachchan. It took him almost seven months to convince his parents to accept his star-crossed (manglik) ladylove Aishwarya Rai as the Bachchan bahu. This despite the fact that Big B is genuinely fond of Aishwarya and has rooted for her all along.

Trouble in paradise?
The same can’t be said about the would-be mom-in-law Jaya though. She had shown reserve from the start about the relationship.

For, the Bachchans who are known to have great faith in astrology, the mangaldosh in Aishwarya’s chart had caused alarm as it could be harmful for Abhishek. It all began when the Bachchans and Aishwarya visited the Kashi Vishwanath Temple on November 27 last year.

Dashing the dosh:
Ramashankar Tiwari, one of the priests at the puja confirmed the mangal dosh in Aishwarya’s astrological chart.

“It is very strong and can prove harmful for Abhishek. But the inauspicious influences can be warded off through certain pujas.” And so “a kadali vivah was performed before the engagement,” said Tiwari.

As per this ritual, a manglik girl is married off to Lord Vishnu to absolve the ill effects dosh and thus the God takes upon himself the bad influences.”

Another consideration behind the puja seems to have been the poor health of Amitabh’s mother Teji Bachchan. “He loves his mother a lot. So we also performed pujas for the mother on November 27,” confirms Tiwari.

Says a close friend on the condition of anonymity, “Initially, both parents were against Abhishek’s wedding plans to Ash. Even Aishwarya had not said yes.”

But then Junior B dug in his heels. He is after all well-known among his friends for his resolve and determination to get his way. He knows what he wants and wouldn’t have it any other way, says the friend. But by going along with the pujas, it seems there was overall appeasement.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 02:00 IST