Indo-Asian News Service
April 14 (IANS) With the electronic media and the paparazzi going ballistic
with "details" about the Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai marriage,
no one is sure about the facts any more.
The April 20 wedding is not going to be a lavish affair, say those in the
know. Only the immediate relatives of the Bachchans - brother Ajitabh and
his family, sister Shweta and her in-laws, which include all the Kapoors -
are being invited.
Abhishek's close friends like Sikandar Kher, Goldie Behl and Rohan
Sippy are sure to be there. Karan Johar and mom Hiroo Johar as well as
and J.P. Dutta, whom Abhishek looks on as a father figure, are expected to
Yash Chopra, his wife Pam and sons Aditya and Uday are also likely
to be there at the ceremony.
The lady of the house, Jaya Bachchan, is busy supervising every detail.
In fact, Big B and the bridegroom are keeping completely out of the
picture, and that includes the invitees' list.
Jaya, being firm of mind and resolute in her purposes, has kept the
fanfare to the barest minimum. The guest list would be in accordance with
the size and capacity of the Bachchans' residence - Prateeksha - and of
course, the imperativeness of the potential invitees' presence on the
All the invitees are keeping a low profile to avoid divulging details
about the wedding. But some of the atrocious claims cooked up by
entertainment channels have the Bachchans hugely amused.
According to media reports, neighbours have been asked to keep their
gates shut to media personnel and the aviation ministry requested to bar
planes over their residence during the wedding.
Amitabh has told a friend, "My son's wedding is a very private, solemn
and precious moment for me and my family. Surely, we're entitled to our
privacy if and when we need it."