Sunday, April 22, 2007

The wedding

Abhi-Ash, Abhiwarya, whatever you want to call them, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachcanan are now married. Presumably the wedding was (as they say in Bollywood) totally rocking, absolutely first-class and completely mind blowing.

The picture above is not from their wedding. Despite huge media interest, the whole event has been fairly private and very little real information has been available.

This has resulted in an abundance of speculation, particularly in relation to the guest list. Once you cancel out Abhishek and Ash's exes (plus their familes) and anyone feuding with Abhishek's father Amitabh (and their families) a large chunk of Bollywood is excluded.

The information vacuum around the wedding has been filled by the bizarre and ridiculous. The popular Indian news site Rediff resorted to interviewing labourers working on preparations at the Bachchan family house. The workers claimed that the decorations (as seen below) would make the Taj Mahal 'look like a tiny monument'.

And then there have been the scandalous claims that both Aishwarya and Abhishek have been married before to separate parties.

A previously unheard of model cum actress, Jhanvi Kapoor (aka Naina Rizvi), generated huge press when she turned up on the eve of the wedding, slashing her wrists and claiming that Abhishek married her in an informal ceremony last year.

Much more credible is the claim that Aishwarya has married thrice in the last few months. She has allegedly wed a Peepal tree in Varanasi, a banana tree at a Bangalore temple and an idol in Ayodhya, all to correct problems in her horoscope which harmed the prospects of the marriage.

Hooray for Bollywood!


Iqbal Khaldun said...

Believe it or not I've been following this wedding. What got me hooked was the fact that Aishwarya married a banana tree! And I thought Sai Baba was silly.

Joe said...

haha... I thought that was great. I was glad there was bit of quirky stuff going on - after Aishwarya's relationship dramas in the past this wedding threatened to be so boring!

pip said...

The topic of the wedding came up with some Swiss friends the other night at dinner. I didn't have much info with which to dazzle them but was sure you would blog on it. Good work!