Author : Shubha Shetty-Saha
The city was agog with rumours that Rani Mukherji and Aditya Chopra had a 'roka' ceremony on Monday night
That something has been brewing between filmmaker Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukherji has been doing the rounds for a long time now, but there's a new twist to the tale. Given that Aditya's divorce proceedings with his wife Payal Khanna are still on, it seems unlikely that he would go in for an engagement with Rani. A close friend of the family insists that there is no truth to the rumour. He says, "It is true that Adi's divorce will come through any time now. But he definitely didn't get engaged to Rani."
But according to sources, the Chopra and Mukherji family did get together on Monday night to hold a 'roka' ceremony for the couple. According to the grapevine, even though the Chopras are not happy with this association because of their loyalty to Payal, they had to give in to Aditya's wishes. But rumour mongers insist that the engagement ceremony did take place at the Chopra residence in the presence of Yash and Pamela Chopra and Rani's parents, Krishna and Ram Mukherji, besides brother Raja Mukherji.
In the meanwhile, the Chopras are said to have bought a Rs 3.5 crore flat for Payal at Khar, and she's apparently already moved in. This is a personal token of affection, over and above the alimony that will accrue.
A source close to the family says: "The Chopras, especially Pamela, was very unhappy to let Payal go out of the house. They shared a great relationship with her. If they could, they would have never allowed this to happen. But now they don't have a choice, and are trying to compensate her in the best possible manner."
It's widely perceived that the Chopras were backing Payal ever since they came to know that Aditya was planning to divorce her. She was after all, their choice and they felt personally let down when the marriage failed.
It seems clear now that Rani and Aditya are planning to tie the knot as soon as the divorce is through. And chances are that Aditya might move into Rani's new home instead of bringing her into the Chopra residence.
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