Aishwarya Rai had hoped to have her husband Abhishek by her side for the lavish premiere of Jodhaa Akbar. He arrived at the tail-end of the event on Thursday night. Eyebrows were raised and the hush-hush whispers started when the Queen of the evening showed up with her in-laws Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. But no Abhishek.
Relax! It was only a delayed flight. Abhishek arrived in Mumbai almost at midnight. All Valentinian plans laid to rest. Aishwarya is as usual uncomplaining. "What a wonderful Valentine's gift. Everyone who has seen Jodhaa Akbar so far feels it's the perfect love story. And it doesn't really matter if Abhishek couldn't make it. For us everyday is Valentine's Day. Every time we're together it's Valentine's Day."
She admits find time to spend together is a problem. "His schedules are grueling and so are mine. We're trying to spend as much time together as possible. Whenever I've time off I join him wherever he's shooting. I've been in Jaipur where he's been shooting in the last few months. We make time. We find time for one another. We need to be happy with whatever is available. Just how happy or unhappy we make the situation is entirely in our hands."
For the Delhi premiere of Jodhaa Akbar on Friday, Abhishek was right there by his wife's side, before flying back to Jaipur to join Rakeysh Mehra's Dilli 6 unit. In Delhi, Abhishek, Aishwarya and Hrithik were an inseparable threesome, laughing joking and enjoying the success of the venture, and never mind if Abhishek was only a vicarious participant in this lavish venture.