The musical notes of AbhiAsh's sangeet ...


Indo-Asian News Service

Mumbai, April 19 (IANS) The sangeet ceremony that kick-started revelries for the Abhishek Bachchan-Aishwarya Rai wedding saw starry guests like Ajay Devgan and Preity Zinta, and a colour theme of purple and blue at the Bachchan residence Prateeksha in Juhu here.

The ceremony between 9.00 and 9.30 p.m. Wednesday saw close friends of the Bachchan family being escorted in by security personnel.

The A-list of guests who attended the ceremony include Anil Ambani, Subroto Roy, Amar Singh, Krishna Raj Kapoor and Ajitabh Bachchan.

According to sources, the rituals were performed at Prateeksha itself as the Bachchans want it to be a small affair since Teji Bachchan, Amitabh's mother, has been ailing for the past 10 months.

The sangeet ceremony will be followed by the mehndi (henna) ceremony Thursday with the marriage itself slated for Friday. The gates are manned by gun-toting security guards and it is virtually impossible for outsiders to get a peep in.

The two Bachchan bungalows - Prateeksha and Jalsa - have been converted into fortresses that are virtually impossible to enter.

Impatient fans outside Prateeksha are on the verge of hysteria.

Megha Joshi, a fan who has come all the way from South Africa for the wedding, said: "I am hoping to see them just once."

The 19-year-old, who met the stars in South Africa at the shooting for "Dhoom 2", said: "We could not speak to them or get an autograph as the security was tight, but we shook hands."

"I have got a card and a gift for them that I hope to give them after the hustle and bustle of the marriage is over," added Megha, who has been waiting outside Prateeksha for hours to get a glimpse of Abhi and Ash.

Speculation is rife that Abhishek's childhood friend and co-star Hrithik Roshan is not invited for the wedding of the year. The reason reportedly being that Junior B was completely overshadowed by Hrithik's Greek god looks and acting prowess in the recent hit "Dhoom 2".

The designers for the occasion are Neeta Lulla and Sandeep and Abu Jani. Friends of Bollywood's first family say Jaya Bachchan is busy shopping for jewellery for her soon-to-be-daughter-in-law, Ash.

During the days of "Kuch Na Kaho" and "Dhai Akshar Prem Ke" that marked the early days of their acquaintance, both Ash and Abhi shared lukewarm vibes. They were dating different people then - Ash was dating Salman and Abhishek was dating Karishma Kapoor.

The couple also shares a history of flops. Ash's recent hits are "Dhoom 2" and "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", besides "Devdas". Even her Hollywood projects like "Bride And Prejuduce" and "Mistress Of Spices" failed to impress the audiences until the recent "Provoked". Of course, she more than made up for her flops by her presence at the Cannes film festival.

Abhishek, too, had a string of flops to his credit until "Bluffmaster" and "Yuva" happened. However, "Guru", which stars the two lovebirds, is doing well.