Courtesy: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
If there was any doubt in people's minds about the Aishwarya-Abhishek romance, they were quelled at Abhishek's 30th birthday party. While the entire industry showed up for the big night, Viveik Oberoi and Salman Khan were missing.
Why? A friend of Oberoi asks, "You expect Viveik to show up when he wasn't invited to the party? Anyway, he was shooting till 2 am, for Pyaare Mohan."
Ash's special privilege
One of the first to arrive was Abhishek's new friend, Aishwarya Rai, at 11 am. And she was one of the last few to leave, at around 4 am. Ash's car was allowed the special privilege of driving into Jalsa, while everyone else had to alight outside.
"At the party, it was very obvious that Ash and Abhishek are a couple. They seemed very much in love, and danced together. It looks like they are finally becoming open about their relationship," said a star guest. No wonder Viveik's name was not on the guest list. Perhaps Abhishek was trying to spare his feelings?
Aishwarya Rai arrives for the party at Abhishek Bachchan's Jalsa bungalow; in the background (top left) is the Bachchans' close family friend, Amar Singh Oberoi's exclusion is shocking, because on December 20, Abhishek, in an exclusive to hitlist, talked about his friendship with him, and about the Ash rumour creating tension between the two.
When asked if these rumours created any awkwardness with Viveik, Abhishek replied, "Not at all. Viveik is a good friend. We've known each other since Yuva, and there's absolutely no room or reason for awkwardness."
Unlike Ash's latest ex, Salman Khan was invited, but chose not to go. The excuse was, "I am not feeling well." Salman, who was partying hard two days ago, and who always makes it a point to attend parties thrown by people he is close to, gave this one a skip.
Salman's brother, Arbaaz, and his wife Malaika came to the party.
Malaika's sis, Amrita Arora, stayed away. "I was shooting with Sohail Khan at Madh Island for Raakh, till 2 am," she said. "Salman bhai could not make it because he is down with flu. I saw him on Saturday, and he wasn't keeping well at all."