Ever since Abhishek and Aishwarya got engaged in January, media frenzy has been feeding an insatiable public hunger for juicy details on venue, date, trousseau and honeymoon.
“It (the date) must be true because the news was probably released from the Bachchans’ office. Its apparently a three-day-long celebration,” said a source.
Television and radio channels are adding to the cacophony. One TV channel has even gone to the extent of preparing a feature on the wedding with details of where Abhishek’s father Amitabh and mother Jaya will stand to bless the couple.
But no one really knows the answer to the big question – are Abhishek-Ash – as the couple has been fashionably dubbed of late – actually getting married on April 20?
“All this news is coming from Delhi and everybody is relying on a report published in one newspaper. The Bachchans are closely guarding the wedding details, but I guess very soon they will make the announcement just the way they announced the engagement.
But the reports are a little confusing because, if you see, every newspaper has a different version of the story,” said the source.
One media report said, for the wedding, Abhishek would wear a golden sherwani weaved by a Varanasi-based family that has been in the weaving business for the last 400 years.
Abdul Matin, head of the weaver family, said that two months ago they were told to weave a Chaodani (golden fabric with a base of warped silk) style fabric for Abhishek’s sherwani, which will approximately cost Rs.500,000. Some other weavers are said to be busy preparing Aishwarya’s trousseau.
The venue for the wedding is reportedly Bacchchan’s Mumbai residence Pratiksha.
It is the last wish of Amitabh’s mother Teji Bachchan, who is unwell and admitted at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital, to see grandson Abhishek settled that is said to be behind all the rush.
Since the engagement announcement, all newspapers and TV channels have come out with a different wedding date, guest list and venues.
Some say it is going to be a big fat wedding, while others are sure it would be a very quiet and small affair. As far as media rights of the wedding are concerned, they have not been finalised yet.