By: Raymond Ronamai
Thursday, April 19, 2007
There is no night at superstar Amitabh Bachchan's bungalows Prateeksha and Jalsa these days. Everybody is busy giving final touches to their respective masterpieces, which they have been moulding for the last few days. The thoroughfares around the bungalows look smaller than usual with people walking at snail's pace as if to smell the fresh fragrance that has filled the air and security personnel just can't stop them from staring. The Mumbai traffic police have pulled up their sleeves to ensure smooth traffic flow around the vicinity. This is all because the much-awaited Abhishek Bachchan - Aishwarya Rai wedding is taking place the morrow.
The Bachchan family has announced that the wedding would be a low-key private affair but reality tells a completely different story. The fact is they are not leaving any stone unturned to make the day unforgettable. Apart from irresistible decorations, they are making sure that there is enough light at the two bungalows even if the rest of Mumbai experiences blackout. Believe it or not, they are deploying six heavy-duty generators at the two bungalows to make sure that the three-day ceremony gets the estimated 1,000 KW.
The wedding celebrations took off in style yesterday with the sangeet ceremony. Many prominent personalities and celebrities like heroines Preity Zinta and Kajol, directors Karan Johar and Ram Gopal Varma, filmmaker Yash Chopra, actors Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty and Ajay Devgan, Sahara head honcho Subrata Roy and Anil Ambani attended the function.
The bride's residence at La Mer in Bandra is also glowing like never before with Aishwarya's mehendi ceremony taking place today. It is said that 25-foot-tall tent has been erected for the ceremony with a 30-foot-long walk-through connecting the entrance of the building. The walkway is said to be draped with blue, pink and yellow silk shades. There is a stage within the tent, which has 15 air conditioners. It is also said that special mehendi has been ordered from Sodak in Rajasthan for the ceremony. Ash has chosen a red zari embroidered ghagra choli designed by her favourite designer, Neeta Lulla, for the ceremony. She has also chosen a gold zari embroidered saree created by the same designer for her wedding. Both the families of the bride and bridegroom are not taking chances to make the day a special one for their children.
It looks like the world will stop rotating the morrow when Abhishek Bachchan ties the final knot with former Miss World Aishwarya Rai. Film buffs are not hearing enough of their dream couple and the same people who criticize media for creating such a hip and hoopla around the event end up enjoying reading a piece of news about the duo. Yes, you can run, you can hide but you can't ignore this big fat wedding.