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Aishwarya Rai was Shooting Jodhaa Akbar When Abhishek Bachchan Proposed Marriage to Her

Here’s how Ashutosh Gowariker and Hrithik Roshan reacted to the news of her engagement.


Updated:January 3, 2019, 2:19 PM IST
Aishwarya Rai was Shooting Jodhaa Akbar When Abhishek Bachchan Proposed Marriage to Her
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. (Image: Instagram/Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)

Now together for over 12 years, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she was shooting Khwaja Mere Khwaja, the sufi song of her 2008 film Jodhaa Akbar, when Abhishek Bachchan proposed marriage to her.

Calling the moment ‘surreal’, she told Filmfare how Jodhaa Akbar’s director Ashutosh Gowariker and her co-star Hrithik Roshan reacted to the news of her engagement. “Ashutosh is like ‘You are engaged!’ and I am like ‘Yeah’,” she said, adding that Hrithik gave her an excited thumbs up.

The 45-year-old said it was extremely bizarre for her as Khwaja Mere Khwaja features right after Jodha and Akbar’s wedding in the film and she was dressed as a bride for the shoot. “We’re doing Khawja Mere Khwaja, sitting as a bride, and I am like, oh my god this is surreal, all happening on-screen, off-screen, this is bizarre,” she said.

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Notably, Aishwarya and Abhishek have worked together in several films, including Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke, Kuch Naa Kaho, Umrao Jaan, Guru, Dhoom 2 and Raavan. The two will now reportedly star together after eight years in Sarvesh Mewara's forthcoming film Gulab Jamun, which will be produced by Anurag Kashyap.

The two made their relationship public only after announcing their engagement in 2007, and got married soon after in a private ceremony at the Bachchan house in Mumbai’s Juhu. Aishwarya and Abhishek are parents to a the seven-year-old Aaradhya Bachchan.

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