Filmi frenzy over Abhishek - Aishwarya wedding plans ...

Indo-Asian News Service

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Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Media reports of Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek

Bachchan planning to tie the knot on April 20 have added to the feverish

curiosity on the superstar wedding.

Ever since Abhishek and Aishwarya got engaged in January, media

frenzy has been feeding an insatiable public hunger for juicy details on

venue, date, trousseau and honeymoon.

"It (the date) must be true because the news was probably released

from the Bachchans' office. Its apparently a three-day-long celebration,"

said a source.

Television and radio channels are adding to the cacophony. One TV

channel has even gone to the extent of preparing a feature on the wedding

with details of where Abhishek's father Amitabh and mother Jaya will stand

to bless the couple.

But no one really knows the answer to the big question - are Abhiash -

as the couple has been fashionably dubbed of late - actually getting married

on April 20?

"All this news is coming from Delhi and everybody is relying on a

report published in one newspaper. The Bachchans are closely guarding

the wedding details, but I guess very soon they will make the

announcement just the way they announced the engagement. But the

reports are a little confusing because, if you see, every newspaper has a

different version of the story," said the source.

One media report said, for the wedding, Abhishek would wear a

golden sherwani weaved by a Varanasi-based family that has been in the

weaving business for the last 400 years.

Abdul Matin, head of the weaver family, said that two months ago they

were told to weave a Chaodani (golden fabric with a base of warped silk)

style fabric for Abhishek's sherwani, which will approximately cost

Rs.500,000. Some other weavers are said to be busy preparing

Aishwarya's trousseau.

The venue for the wedding is reportedly Bachchan's Mumbai residence

Pratiksha.

It is the last wish of Amitabh's mother Teji Bachchan, who is unwell

and admitted at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, to see grandson Abhishek

settled that is said to be behind all the rush.

Since the engagement announcement, all newspapers and TV channels

have come out with a different wedding date, guest list and venues.

Some say it is going to be a big fat wedding, while others are sure it

would be a very quiet and small affair. As far as media rights of the

wedding are concerned, they have not been finalised yet.