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.”
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. ”
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.”
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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