When Aishwarya Rai addressed ‘unsettling’ rumours that she’d been married to a tree: ‘Worldwide media would ask if I’m cursed’

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan‘s 2007 wedding ceremony was an industry-shaping occasion. Not solely have been the months main as much as the marriage rife with hypothesis, when the Bachchans selected to conduct the ceremony behind closed doorways at their Juhu home, rumours about what was really occurring elevated in depth.

One of the vital enduring controversies related to Aishwarya and Abhishek’s wedding ceremony is that she was made to marry a tree earlier than tying the knot with Abhishek, in an archaic ritual to chase away ‘unhealthy omens’ that has regarding connotations. In a 2008 interview with NDTV, Aishwarya spoke concerning the controversy, and mentioned that it’s particularly embarrassing when international journalists ask her about it on her worldwide travels.

Requested if there have been elements to the marriage that she hadn’t anticipated, Aishwarya mentioned sure. “A few of (the furore) was anticipated, however a few of it we didn’t even dream (of),” she mentioned. When she was requested what she was referring to particularly, Aishwarya mentioned, “There have been a few incidents, however why give it any extra consideration.”

Prodding additional about whether or not she was speaking concerning the tree controversy, Aishwarya opened up, “Sure, there was a lot of that. I simply thought it was so pointless. To dedicate the type of prime time, the type of newsprint, the type of journal cowl tales for all of that was very pointless. The great half was that as a household, we’re strong. We’re all within the public eye, and we’ve ample alternative to voice ourselves, however as an alternative of including to the din, we determined to have the daddy of the household… Paa did meet the media at a really determined cut-off date method after the marriage, and answered all of the queries.”

She continued, “It’s stunning. Whereas we want to think about that it’s a passing part, it will get logged. And I recognised it at instances whenever you get to journey overseas, of which there’s an ample alternative… So, you’re consistently interacting with worldwide media, and after they begin questioning on the sheer ludicrous nature of the whole lot, like, ‘You bought married to a tree, and you’ve got this enormous curse on you?’ You simply assume, ‘Oh my god, the place am I going to start out…’”

A 12 months previous to their wedding ceremony, studies started doing the rounds that the couple had gone to Varanasi to carry out a ‘Kumbh Vivah’. A 2006 Hindustan Occasions report quoted an astrologer as saying, “Abhishek and Aishwarya have been within the holy city (Varanasi) at my suggestion. I had suggested each the households to carry out this corrective puja at an historical Shiva temple.”

The Bachchan household has repeatedly denied that any such ceremony happened. Abhishek tweeted in 2016, “And only for the document, we’re nonetheless on the lookout for this tree.” In 2007, Amitabh advised The Occasions of India that the household isn’t superstituous in any respect, and hadn’t even seen Aishwarya’s ‘janampatri’. He mentioned, “The place is the tree? Please present it to me. The one particular person she’s married is my son. Until you assume Abhishek is a tree.”

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