When Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan told Oprah Winfrey why they chose to live with her parents Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary today. On their special day, we revisit what the Bollywood couple said about their extravagant wedding which took place in Mumbai on April 20, 2007, as they sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009.

Oprah showed video footage of the couple from their wedding from outside Prateeksha (the Bachchan house in Juhu, Mumbai) where large numbers of people were gathered just to get a glimpse of the bride and groom. She described how an Indian wedding is such an extravagant affair, with the festivities going on for a few days. Abhishek explained, “Our weddings last a week or 10 days with different rituals taking place in the morning and evening. Then we go around the ceremonial fire seven times and say seven vows. Hearing this, the astonished Oprah joked, “It would be hard to get a divorce after this.” But Aishwarya was quick to respond, “We’re not even trying to feed the thought.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, wedding ceremony, Bollywood wedding, Indian Express Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, who first met on the sets of Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, were married on April 20, 2007, in a private ceremony at Bachchan’s Juhu Residence, Prateeksha. (Source: Archive Express)


Oprah also asked the couple about how to live with her family after the wedding and how it works. While Aishwarya waited for Abhishek to respond to this, the actor, at his best of mind, asked the host, “Do you live with your family? How does it work? ”Her response left the audience amused and Aishwarya also seemed impressed by her husband’s clever response. But she answered Oprah’s question by saying,“ This is normal and natural for us. ”

Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan celebrate 14 years of unity today. (Express archive photo)

Abhishek added, “My father lived with his parents. I live with my parents. ”Oprah further asked,“ Does that mean you eat your meals together or you’re in one corner of the house and your parents in another? ”The Big Bull actor shared, “My mom has a rule, if we’re in town we have to have a meal for the day together.”

aishwarya abhishek birthday Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan are the parents of a daughter Aaradhya. (Express archive photo)
abhishek aishwarya photos Abhishekh Bachchan with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred in seven films together. (Express archive photo)
abhishek aishwarya movies Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the launch of their film Raavan. (Express archive photo)
abhishek aishwarya first movie Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai to Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. (Express archive photo)

Oprah also asked Abhishek how he asked Aishwarya the question. “I was shooting in New York for a movie and I was standing on the balcony of my hotel room and I wished that one day it would be nice if I was with her, married. So, I took her to the same balcony and asked her to marry me, ”Abhishek said while Aishwarya added:“ It was very kind. It was very real at the same time.



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