The couple tied the knot seven years ago at a private ceremony at the Bachchan’s Juhu residence, Prateeksha. Wedding was held as per the north Indian, Bengali and Tulu traditions.
Along with other members of the Bachchan family, Aishwarya laid the foundation of a special school for underprivileged girls in Daulatpur village in Uttar Pradesh in 2008. The construction is being funded by the Bachchan family, and the school will be named after Aishwarya.
Aishwarya initially tried to hide Aaradhya’s face and keep her away from the limelight, but now the new mom is making no effort at hiding her little one’s face. Ash has always been a hands on mother and is never seen with a nanny to take care of her baby girl, reported Deccan Chronicle.
Ash and Junior B, who are known as Bollywood’s hottest couple met on the sets of Dhai Akshar Prem Ka, their first film together, but at that time however, there was no romance between the two, Abhishek was engaged to Karisma Kapoor and Ash was dating Salman Khan.
In June 2011, Big B took to Twitter to announce that his daughter-in-law was pregnant. Aishwarya gave birth to a girl on November 16, 2011. Earlier the baby girl was addressed as Beti B by the media. Grandfather Big B later confirmed on Twitter that his granddaughter has been named Aaradhya Bachchan.
Ash is also very popular for her humanitarian work. In September 2012, she was appointed as the new international Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. She also accepted the second-highest Order of France, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, in 2012. The award was presented to her on her birthday and as per her wish she was accompanied by her family.
Abhishek expressed his love after receiving an award, “I really owe this to Aishwarya and the love and support she has given me. She makes me the person that I am,” reported Indian Express.
On the sets of Koffee with Karan, Abhi described Ash as one of those buddies he loves to hang out with, and that she’s not overly feminine and that’s what makes them amazing friends, bolstering their relationship perfectly.
From strutting around on the red carpet, hands entangled around each other at events to doing films together, they can’t get enough of each other.
They did their first film post marriage - Sarkar Raj. This time the duo was joined by Amitabh Bachchan. The movie failed to click but their onscreen chemistry was the talk of the town.
Abhishek Bachchan reportedly proposed to Aishwarya Rai in New York, right after the premiere of Mani Ratnam‘s Guru and they got engaged on January 14 2007.
Between Abhishek’s busy work schedule and Aishwarya’s next humanitarian assignment the couple was recently spotted having a family vacation in Vancouver. The two, however aren’t spending their anniversary together. Abhishek is in Gurgaon to launch a car showroom.
There have been reports that Abhishek and Aishwarya are likely to reunite onscreen in Prahlad Kakkar‘s Happy Anniversary, which has been touted as Ash’s comeback film. However, recent reports claim that a Mani Ratnam thriller made as a multilingual in the South languages will be her comeback film. Abhishek, meanwhile, is busy shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.
The duo went on to pair in Kuch Naa Kaho in the year 2003, followed by Umrao Jaan and Dhoom 2 both in the year 2006 and Guru in 2007. Rumours about Ash and Abhi being a couple started during the shooting of Umrao Jaan, but the two remained tightlipped even after the release of the film.
Here’s wishing Abhishek and Aishwarya a very happy wedding anniversary
Published in The Express Tribune, April 22nd, 2014.
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