May 232018

It’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s mother, Vrinda Rai’s birthday, and the doting daughter’s wish for her is as pure as any mother-daughter relationship

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with mother Vrinda Rai and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan. Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah

It is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s mother, Vrinda Rai’s birthday today, May 23, and the beautiful lady has posted an adorable birthday wish for her on Instagram account. She shared a throwback photo of hers with mommy dearest.

Aishwarya looks like a cheerful little girl with her mother in the photo. She described her feelings through the caption and wrote, “I LOVE YOU, YOU ARE…therefore i am…HAPPY HAAAPPPYYY BIRTHDAY MY ETERNALLY PRECIOUS MOMMYYY darliiinng (sic).”

On Tuesday, the 44-year-old actress went on a dinner date with her mother and daughter Aaradhya Bachchan. Aaradhya is very close to her grandmother, and these pictures are just proof, where, Aaradhya won’t let her grandmom go without hugging her.

Here are some pictures from their dinner outing:

Aaradhya Bachchan with grandmom Vrinda Rai
Aaradhya Bachchan hugs her grandmother Vrinda Rai after their dinner outing. Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with mother Vrinda Rai. Picture Courtesy: Yogen Shah

Meanwhile, on the professional front, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan made dazzling appearances at the Cannes Film Festival and will be seen in Fanne Khan with Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao. She will also be seen in the film Jasmine, and reportedly in the remake of Woh Kaun Thi (1964) with Shahid Kapoor and Raat Aur Din (1967).

Talking about it to mid-day, Aishwarya said, “After I was given a narration of Jasmine, I requested the team to rewrite a few things. So we’ll see where that goes. Woh Kaun Thi and Raat Aur Din remakes are fabulous ideas. Once I return from Cannes, I will sit down with the team and understand how they want to remake the films. Only then will I take a call.”

Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Posts School Photograph. Can You Spot Her?

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May 162018

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Instagram account is already a hit! The globally renowned actress’ account organically crossed one million followers in four days

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Picture Courtesy: Instagram/aishwaryaraibachchan_arb

The Global icon definitely catches eyeballs through her fashion statement at French Riveria every year. Even this year Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked like a million bucks at French Riveria marking her 17 years of style and magic at the event. The gorgeous actress, who sizzled on the red carpet has won Reader’s choice Best dressed of the Week and Critics choice Best Dressed of the week by RCFA at Cannes 2018.

Every year, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan‘s fans celebrate her red carpet appearances on social media, and this year was no different. There was immense enthusiasm amongst her fans. However, this time there was an additional reason for it. Not only the gorgeous woman was slaying at the red carpet with her looks, but she also forayed into the digital world with the photo-sharing site, Instagram. She took this step for the love of her fans and well-wishers all around the globe. There were celebrations galore on social media, so much so that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was the trending topic. Her fans couldn’t stop gushing about it.

The actress has crossed 1 Million followers without any marketing gimmick or help of any social media experts. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who always likes to keep it real and simple is following the same theory with her Instagram handle. The gorgeous actress is making her Instagram account look very organic. While at the event she shared her stellar looks from the Cannes Film Festival on her Instagram account and in no time her fans were raving about it and she was a trending topic on social media.

The gorgeous diva chose a Michael Cinco butterfly gown for her first red carpet look at Cannes this year and off shoulder silver gown by Rami Kadi couture for her second appearance. Her outfit was embellished with silver studs all over and made the actress look like a real queen.

Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: I Have Been School Girlish In My Choices

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Apr 292018

Abhishek Bachchan had taken a two-year sabbatical from movies. In an interview, the actor speaks about how his family supported his decision

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai

Abhishek Bachchan had taken a two-year long sabbatical from movies and preferred choosing the right script rather than just signing any movie. The hiatus is finally over and Abhishek is bouncing back with Anurag Kashyap’s film, titled, Manmarziyaan, alongside Taapsee Pannu. In an interview with Film Companion, the actor reveals how his family supported him and wife Aishwarya was his strength.

In the interview, Abhishek Bachchan spoke about how his family reacted to his decision of a two-year break from movies. “I didn’t say I don’t want to be an actor anymore, I just said I need to change the kind of films I am doing. It took two years for me to get the right film that I perceived to be the right film… How was it on the family? I spoke to them, I told them and they were very supportive… They were okay with it. I think somewhere they were like ‘Okay, one year has gone by, what is this guy doing? I think that’s a parental instinct. My wife was fine because I walk my family through everything I do so they are on the same page.”

Further speaking of how wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan resumed work after baby Aaradhya was born, the caring husband said, “When she came back (to movies), she went through the same insecurities of ‘Am I gonna be able to do?’. ‘Am I gonna pick up where I left off?’ ‘I am gonna climb that mountain again?'”

He considers this leap the best thing, he ever did in his career. Junior Bachchan was last seen in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 3 (2016).

Also Read: Aaradhya Leaves An Adorable Welcome Note For Dad Abhishek Bachchan

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Apr 272018

Come May and Bollywood actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will be heading to Cannes to add glamour at the red carpet of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The 71st Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8-19. The actresses will be walking at the red carpet as L’oreal Paris brand ambassadors.

Deepika will be walking the red carpet for the second time on May 10 and May 11. Aishwarya will be completing 17 years at the red carpet and will be attending the festival on May 12 and May 13.

Sonam will be completing eight years at Cannes and will attend the festival on May 14 and May 15. Some of the other L’Oréal Paris spokespersons that will be seen on the red carpet include Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren and Doutzen Kroes.

The cosmetic brand is celebrating 21 years as the official make-up partner for the Festival de Cannes. The theme this year is #Summer Escape. Inspired by the French Riviera, glitz, allure and colours of Cannes, the #SummerEscape collection includes a range of long wear and all-day comfort make-up.

Raagjeet Garg, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris, said: “We are excited to introduce our long-wear make-up range which has been designed to suit Indian skin tones in shades of summer. Our make-up experts have created signature looks that the ambassadors are going to wear on the red carpet, showcasing the perfect, glowing sun-kissed look.”

Feb 282018

Legendary Padma Shri actress Sridevi cremated with full state honours. Shah Rukh Khan and other Bollywood celebrities arrived at the Pawan Hans Crematorium in Vile Parle to pay their respects

Sridevi's final journey
Family members pay their last respects to Sridevi

Several lakhs turned up to join a long procession — among the largest in recent times — to mark the final journey of actress Sridevi which started near her residence to a crematorium in Vile Parle on Wednesday afternoon.

Legendary actress Sridevi was cremated with full state honours. The Maharashtra government decided to accord her full state honours at her funeral which took place on Wednesday afternoon, official sources said. The state honours for the actress, who was conferred Padma Shri in 2013, included draping her body in the national tricolour, elaborate arrangements by the Mumbai Police, and a gun salute before the cremation. The entire family, Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, husband Boney Kapoor bid a tearful adieu to the Chandni star.

#WATCH Mumbai: Mortal remains of #Sridevi wrapped in tricolour, accorded state honours.

— ANI (@ANI)
February 28, 2018

Sridevi's final journey

A tall, open truck, fully decorated with white flowers — her favourite colour — carried her body which was first draped in the national tricolour and then loaded in a glass casket, as cries of ‘Sridevi Amar Rahe’ rent the air among her fans.

Inside the truck was Sridevi lying serene with full make-up, a large south Indian style vermillion and wearing a ceremonial gold and maroon coloured Kanjeevaram sari. A heavy, large necklace adorned her since she died a ‘suhaagan’ (still married), giving the appearance of a resplendent ‘devi’ (Goddess) in deep slumber.

Her grieving family members including husband Boney Kapoor, her step-son Arjun Kapoor and brothers-in-law Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor were among those who travelled in the truck with the body.

The truck slowly negotiated the approximately six km passing through some of the poshest areas of Andheri and Vile Parle suburbs, with a massive portrait of Sridevi visible from a distance.

Several lakhs of people including students, office-goers and others accompanied or waited on both side of the roads, looked on from buildings and bungalow terraces. Many climbed on signals and lamp posts for a last glimpse of their beloved heroine.

In terms of sheer numbers, Sridevi’s funeral is estimated to have attracted the highest number of mourners, ranking on par with the previous biggest funeral processions of the legendary singer Mohammed Rafi (July 1980: around a million mourners), and India’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna (July 2012: a little less than a million mourners).

The other big funerals of non-political personalities in Mumbai included those of Raj Kapoor (June 1988) and Vinod Khanna (April 2017).

Earlier, on Wednesday morning, her mortal remains arrived at Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, where her industry peers and admirers paid their last respects to the iconic actor. Mumbai Police also paid their respects to the veteran. The Police band in full dress uniform had arrived at the club before the actor’s final journey. Sridevi’s mortal remains were placed at Celebration Sports Club from 9.30 am and 12.30 pm for members of the public who gathered to pay homage before the funeral, which will be held at Vile Parle Seva Samaj Crematorium & Hindu Cemetery.

Legendary actress Sridevi’s mortal remains reached Pawan Hans Crematorium, Vile Parle around 3:30 pm. Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Randhir Kapoor and Rajiv Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, Prasoon Joshi have reached the Crematorium centre to pay their respects. The crowd gathered outside the venue to catch the last glimpse of the actress is creating a huge chaos.

Shah Rukh Khan arrives for Sridevi's funeral
Shah Rukh Khan arrives for Sridevi’s funeral

Thousands of people including celebrities and Bollywood personalities mourned for the actress on Wednesday. Since dawn, hundreds of teary-eyed fans and admirers, some carrying flowers, had started queueing up outside the club for a final ‘darshan’ of their idol. After the flower-bedecked body of Sridevi was brought to the club premises, a steady stream of celebrities started alighting from their vehicles and were whisked inside to pay their last respects. Rekha, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Kajol and other celebs arrived at the venue to bid farewell to Sridevi.

Also read: Bollywood Celebs Arrive To Pay Their Last Respects to Sridevi

Sridevi's final journey
Pictures courtesy/Anupriya Verma

Most mourners embraced and sought to console the bereaved family members, quickly moving in from the main entrance and exiting fleetingly from the other side, as fans tried to catch a glimpse. Sridevi’s body was flown to Mumbai from Dubai where she passed away around 11 pm on February 24, and from the airport was taken to the Kapoor residence in Green Acres at the posh Lokhandwala Complex.

The Green Acres complex has cancelled Holi celebrations as a mark of respect for their departed resident. Despite the late hour, several hundreds of fans kept vigil outside the residence when a motorcade including an ambulance reached there. There was chaos outside her residence, as a large number of fans jostled for a glimpse of their favourite actor.

Also view – Sridevi’s final journey: Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kajol pay their respects

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Feb 022018

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan caught up with Subhash Ghai recently at his acting institute in Film City, Goregaon

Subhash Ghai and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Subhash Ghai and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan caught up with Subhash Ghai recently at his acting institute in Film City, Goregaon. She arrived unannounced taking the filmmaker by surprise. Ash is Ghai’s favourite star. The two had teamed up for the musical blockbuster Taal (1999), which propelled the actor to stardom.

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Dec 202017

A source close to Bachchan family told an online portal, “Aishwarya felt Abhishek Bachchan’s career needed a small push to catapult him to the top bracket once again

Showbiz is a very compact world. Here, tables turn every single day. A few months ago, Salman Khansacked the high-profile business manager- Reshma Shetty. Reportedly, her differences with Sohail Khan triggered this move. A report in Deccan Chronicle states that Shetty is now managing Abhishek Bachchan’s profile and wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchanis the mind behind this strategic move to revive hubby’s unstable career.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

A source close to Bachchan family told Deccan Chronicle, “Aishwarya felt Abhishek Bachchan‘s career needed a small push to catapult him to the top bracket once again. Of late, he hasn’t signed new films and is choosing to focus on the best possible projects. Following his revamped priorities, his first new project will be Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s biopic on poet-lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi. Reshma has been brought in to oversee Abhishek’s forthcoming career moves and to position him as a prominent entertainment brand.”

Rumour mills were abuzz that Khiladi Akshay Kumar has also signed Reshma Shetty to manage his work. However, there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Akshay or his team.

Abhishek recently walked out of his debut film Refugee’s director, JP Dutta’s upcoming film ‘Paltan’. The director had to rope in one-film-old Harshvardhan Rane for the role.

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Dec 082017

The makers of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, and Rajkummar Rao’s film, ‘Fanne Khan’, have unveiled the logo of the film. Interestingly, they have ditched the alphabet ‘y’ from title ‘Fanne Khan’

The sizzling pair of the 1999 super hit romantic film, ‘Taal’- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor have reunited after 17 years for the film ‘Fanne Khan’ and they both are ecstatic about working together, once again. One more interesting addition to the film is the young and talented actor, Rajkummar Rao. However, the film’s title, earlier spelled, ‘Fanney Khan’, has now dropped the ‘y’ out of it.

Fanne Khan
Film’s logo shared by Anil Kapoor on his Twitter account

Is it a numerological stint? Just guessing! The makers of the film chose the special occasion of the film’s producer, Prernaa Arora’s birthday to unveil the first logo of the film. Both, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar have shared the film’s logo on their social media handles.

It’s almost time for curtain call!! The show begins soon!!

— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor)
December 8, 2017

The world’s a stage! Presenting the logo of #FanneKhan. @RakeyshOmMehra@AnilKapoor#AishwaryRaiBachchan@kriarj@ROMPPictures@TSeries & a very happy birthday to #PrernaaArora Have a Fanne one.

— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao)
December 8, 2017

Earlier, it was reported that R. Madhavan may be cast opposite Aishwarya, and subsequently, it sparked talks that the actress was upset over it as she was keen on Rajkummar instead. The film is an official remake of the Oscar-nominated Dutch film ‘Everybody’s Famous’, ‘Fanne Khan‘ will be directed by Atul Manjrekar and will star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao. While Anil Kapoor’s first look from the film showed the actor sporting salt-and-pepper hair, those in the know say that he is sporting a lean look in the Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra film, for, which he had gone off salt and sugar.

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Nov 142017

The Bachchans attended a family friend’s wedding last weekend in Mumbai and the photos have gone viral since. Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aaradhya Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Jaya Bachchan were present at the function in their royal best. They made their presence felt at the wedding of family friend Yuvraj Rajan with Rhea Gandhi. Now, a video of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya dancing at the wedding has surfaced online. The trio can be seen doing the ‘bhangra’ along with other guests at the ceremony. Big B and Jaya Bachchan are also seen in the video shared by a fan club.

Here’s a still from the video that’s gone viral:

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya do 'bhangra' at family friend's wedding in Mumbai
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya at the wedding. Pic/Bewitching Bachchans @TasnimaKTastic

While sharing photos from the wedding on social media, Amitabh Bachchan said marriages are wonderful events in the family and bring happiness to all the members and relatives. “Marriages are such a wonderful event in the family. The rituals the festive occasion the relatives not seen in ages the happiness and smiles of all the songs of old and of tradition the feats and laughter the teasings and game plays with the bride and the groom…endless,” Big B wrote on his blog.

The cine icon, 75, said each moment is filled with joys and laughter of all. Amitabh, who is the father of actor Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda, added, “The father of the bride gives away his daughter to her new home. The joy of giving, the blessing of those that receive her and the additions to the family… welcomed with tradition folk songs and gaiety.”

T 2708 – मà¥?रà¥? सर्वप्रथम ! मà¥?रà¥? à¤?नमà¥?ल ! मà¥?रà¥? सब à¤?ुà¤? !!

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 11, 2017

T 2708 – ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð???ð??? and ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹ and much more ..

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 11, 2017


— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 12, 2017

T 2709 – A Sunday they ask as to how it was .. a new bride was welcomed into the family .. and the Sunday well wishers were no less with the excitement .. family marriages are such a glorious event .. as is the event at the gates of Jalsa, each Sunday ..ð??ð??

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 12, 2017

T 2709 – Family and a wedding .. they bring so many of us together for one cause to welcome the bride into the family .. ð??ð??ð??ð??ð??ð??ð??ð??ð?¤£ð?¤£ð?¤£ð??¹ð??¹ð??¹

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 12, 2017

T 2709 – मà¥?à¤? लिà¤?ता हà¥?ँ à¤?स लिए à¤?वानà¥? मà¥?रà¥? हà¥? ।।

— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) November 12, 2017

On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan has two films in his kitty — ‘102 Not Out’ and ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will next be seen in ‘Fanney Khan’ co-starring Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.

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Nov 102017

Aish_salmanFor Bollywood fans, Eid is synonymous with a Salman Khan release. The actor has dominated the festival with six of his seven releases being runaway blockbusters. But come 2018, Khan will find a worthy competitor at the box-office — Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Rai’s Fanney Khan, which also stars Anil Kapoor in the titular role, will lock horns with Khan’s Race 3. The clash becomes all the more interesting given their history — Khan and Rai were in a three-year-long relationship before the duo parted ways in 2002.

Says a trade source, “It will be an exciting clash, since Aishwarya and Salman’s relationship continues to hold the audience’s attention, even years after it went kaput. While Salman boasts of tremendous box-office pull, Ash and Anil too have a huge fan following and will draw the audience to the theatres.”

The source further adds that the producers of Fanney Khan consulted their lead actors before zeroing in on the release date, especially since the makers of Race 3 had already booked the festival window. “Arjun N Kapoor, Prernaa Arora, Bhushan Kumar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra met Aishwarya and Anil, who were happy to have a festival release. The team is aware of Race 3 also releasing on Eid, but they are confident of their film.”

Producers Kapoor and Kumar released a joint statement saying, “We have locked the release date of Fanney Khan on Eid 2018 (June 15). We decided on Eid because the lead character Fanney Khan, played by Anil Kapoor, is a Muslim character and there’s no better day than Eid [to release it].” However, when asked about clashing with the action franchise, the producers refrained from commenting. Fanney Khan is almost complete, with only some scenes between Rai and Rajkummar Rao left to be shot. Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez’s actioner went on floors yesterday.