Indo-Asian News Service
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
The venue for the wedding is reportedly Bachchan's Mumbai residence
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.