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Abhishek BachchanAbhishek-Aishwarya love story : A brief history
15th Jan 2007  21.55 IST
By Aparajita Ghosh  

The love story of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai seems straight out of a Bollywood movie.

There is suspense, romance, drama and a bit of humour in their love story. About four years ago, they were dating different peoples and it hardly looked then that Abhi and Ash would one day be a couple. Today, they are.

When Aishwarya began her acting career in Bollywood, she was asked in an interview who were the people she found most good-looking in Bollywood. She had just one name then : Salman Khan .

It was not long after when she got to act with Salman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam , and it was during the making of this film Salman and Ash became close to each other. But their relationship was not to last long.

Firstly, Ash's mother Vrinda did not approve of Salman. Secondly, the actor's own bratty ways and his reckless lifestyle pushed Ash away from him. Their dirty linen came into public view when Salman barged on the sets of Shahrukh's movie Chalte Chalte and created a scene with Ash.

It was the last nail in the coffin of Ash-Salman relationship. The actress moved away from Salman and found love in Vivek Oberoi .

On the other hand, Abhishek's engagement to Karisma Kapoor was broken off and she married a Delhi-based businessman in 2003. Abhi accepted the break-up and sank himself into work.

That was the time when Abhi and Ash had already worked together in two films : Dhai Akshar Prem Ke and Kuch Naa Kaho . They were friends but there was nothing more to their relationship.

Even as Abhishek was single and available in those days, Ash was seeing Vivek. She even offered prayers with him at a temple in South India. But this relationship too was not to last long.

Things began getting sour when Vivek acknowledged in a TV interview that he was seeing Ash, and admitted that marriage was a possibility between them. This allegedly angered Ash who had strictly avoided talking about her personal life in media.

Reports of Ash-Vivek break up surfaced in November 2005 and within weeks it was confirmed that the couple had split.

It is hard to tell when exactly the first sparks of romance began between Ash and Abhishek. Some people say it was during the shooting of the song 'Kajra Re' for Bunty Aur Babli . Anyway, seeds of love were sown between them, and Abhi fondly began calling Ash 'Number Nine' because she was named the ninth most beautiful woman in the world by a magazine.

By the beginning of 2006, Ash and Abhi romance was already fodder for gossip mills. However, the two never acknowledged their relationship in public.

Then, in February 2006, Amitabh Bachchan 's brother Ajitabh made a visit to the Bangalore-based astrologer Chandrashekhar Swamy with the horoscopes of Ash and Abhi, thereby fuelling the speculation that marriage was certainly on the cards for the couple.

In the meantime, Ash and Abhi began signing a string of movies together. They signed Umrao Jaan , Dhoom 2 (in which they were not paired) and Mani Ratnam's Guru .

It was during the making of 'Guru' in June 2006, Ash and Abhi became less cautious about being seen together at public places. They visited a cancer hospital, they saw movies together and visited nightclubs in Chennai.

In the months that followed, Ash began to be a part of the Bachchan family, attending dinners and visiting temples with them. In November 2006, just after the release of 'Dhoom 2', Ash and Abhi performed a series of pujas at the Kashi Vishwanath temple and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi.


It is learnt that Abhishek proposed to Aishwarya after the premiere of 'Guru' in Toronto last week and the actress accepted his proposal without a second thought.

After flying back to Mumbai, the couple got engaged on Sunday, Jan 14, at the Bachchans' residence. Only close friends and relatives from both the families were present at the engagement ceremony.

While there is still no word on when the marriage would be, it is being speculated that Abhi and Ash might tie the knot on February 19, 2007, because it has been declared an auspicious day by their astrologer.

Abhishek Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai
Salman Khan
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
Chalte Chalte
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