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Abhishek BachchanAbhishek-Aishwarya get set for the big day
18th Apr 2007  10.01 IST
By Agencies  

The three-day wedding extravaganza of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai , kicks off today.

The extravaganza is set to be a hectic but fun-filled private affair for the Bachchans and the Rais who will get together at Prateeksha for the celebrations.

The much-hyped and out-of-bounds for the media wedding of Abhishek and Ash, who 13 years after winning the Miss World crown is still referred to as one of the "most beautiful women in the world", will be solemnised on April 20.

The sangeet, sources said, will almost resemble a Bollywood set with mirrors, huge pillars and performances by Abhishek's best friends, including Sikander Kher and Goldie Behl .

Speculation has been rife that Hrithik Roshan too may perform at the ceremony. The couple is said to be preparing to the dance to their hit number "Kajra Re" at the ceremony.

The mehndi ceremony the next day is likely to be a sober affair involving only close family and friends.

The wedding, the culmination of three days of celebrations, will be held in Amitabh Bachchan 's bungalow Prateeksha at around 5.30 pm on the auspicious day of 'Akshaya Tritiya'.

Select guests have been invited for the wedding, but some of Amitabh's closest friends, including Anil and Tina Ambani, politician Amar Singh and Sahara head Subroto Roy, are expected to be permanent fixtures over the three days.

From Bollywood, director Karan Johar and his mother Hiroo, director Goldie Behl and his wife Sonali Bendre , Anupam Kher , his wife Kiron Kher and son Sikander are among the invitees.

Security for the wedding will be tight as several VIPs including Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray are likely to attend. Keeping in mind the large media contingent and curious onlookers that are likely to gather outside Prateeksha, police will be deployed in large numbers to maintain discipline.

The couple have put off their honeymoon, citing work commitments as well as the ill-health of Abhishek's grandmother Teji Bachchan. A reception for other friends and the film industry is likely to be held sometime next month in Mumbai.

Abhishek and Ash have been oblivious to the hype that has surrounded their romance, engagement and wedding. Instead they have chosen, along with their families, to keep silent about the festivities.

However, the hectic preparations at the Bachchan residences of Jalsa and Prateeksha as well as the Rai residence in suburban Bandra tell a different story.

Since Tuesday, there has been a steady stream of caterers, decorators and workers going in and out of the Bachchan residences as preparations for the sangeet ceremony gathered steam.

It is going to be tough for the media to cover the event, given the fortress-like look of the venue.

Traffic will be diverted to prevent jams near Prateeksha and barricades will be put up near the gate. Each guest has been issued a special pass as have workers involved in the wedding.

Clearly, the Bachchans want to keep this affair as private as possible.

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