Normally, the Bachchans have a very rigid rule about not mixing business with pleasure. But on Thursday morning, when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan landed in Mumbai from Paris, she broke the golden rule when she dropped in unannounced to meet Abhishek Bachchan at the Reliance Web World where he was doing out-of-town press interviews.
Says a source, "Lately, Abhishek and Aishwarya have had very little time to spend together. After their short anniversary holiday, Abhishek got busy with the shooting of Abhinay Deo's Game in Greece, while, Aishwarya returned to India for a stint of Robot. She was then in Paris to honour Brazilian tennis champ Gustavo Kuerten for his work with disadvantaged children."
Says a source, "At the charity dinner that followed, Aishwarya bonded with Steffi Graf and Mary Pierce, and kept missing Abhishek because he was a big fan of both."
The minute she landed in Mumbai from Paris, Aishwarya asked the family driver to take her wherever Abhishek was. A first for her, because, normally she doesn't intrude when her husband is working. Even when she joins him on long outdoors, she never hangs around the sets when he's shooting.
Says a friend of Aishwarya, "This time, she made an exception because she was missing Abhishek all the way from Paris to Mumbai. And besides, Abhishek was doing promotional work for their film together. She not only met him, she also joined impromptu to talk to their fans on radio in Jaipur and Ahmedabad."
Says a family friend, "The funny part is that the Bachchans are never together these days. Now that Aishwarya is home, the senior Bachchan has left for Paris, the city that Aishwarya left yesterday."