Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has recounted how her ‘roka’ (engagement) ceremony with husband Abhishek Bachchan happened “really suddenly” after he proposed.
With over a decade of marital bliss, Abhishek and Aishwarya are parents to their 7-year-old daughter, Aaradhya.
In an upcoming episode of celebrity chat show Famously Filmfare Season 2, Aishwarya spoke about the proposal and ‘roka’ ceremony, according to India Today.
Reminiscing the moment, she said, “He proposed, which was amazing! And it happened like really suddenly.”
“I didn’t even know there’s something called a ‘roka’ ceremony. We are South Indians, so, I don’t know what a ‘roka’ is and suddenly there is this call from their house to ours; ‘we are coming’,” she recalled. “And we were like, okay. And I’m like, dad? (who was out of town at that point) told me that it will take him (her father) one more day (to come home).”
But that didn’t stop the Bachchans!
“Abhishek was like ‘we are all coming and I can’t stop dad (Amitabh). We are on our way. We are coming to your place’. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ So, this ‘roka’ is happening with a call to my father, who is out of town,” added the Josh star.
Speaking about that moment when it all changed suddenly for her, Aishwarya said, “My mother and I were there. They all came home, we are all very emotional. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, it’s happening.’I’m like, ‘Mom, okay… is this…is this an engagement? Like, what just happened?’
“And Abhishek is like, ‘Just come home’. Then we go home, and I’m sitting in Jalsa (Bachchans’ residence). The whole town has arrived, visited us that night. There is this full-on party going on in Jalsa and I’m like, ‘Okay, so now this is happening.’ Abhishek was like yeah. You have no idea what is going to hit you further. So it was quite a whirlwind,” she added.
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