-Friends Why not Invited??
24 April 2007.
Like all good Indian-style
weddings the Ash-Abhi shaadi has exposed the sham of Bollywood as one big
happy family. Though a wedding is indeed a private affair the Bachchans
were also aware that every move of theirs during the wedding celebrations
would be under intense media scrutiny, starting with the guest list.
Days after the Abhi-Ash
wedding is over, people are still wondering what yardsticks the Bachchans
used in inviting their friends and colleagues from the film industry.
Interesting enmities, envies
and hidden rivalries, reported in the Mirror, are enumerated below.
Jaya Bachchan recently claimed
on Koffee with Karan that she loves Shah Rukh, well clearly it's not a
sentiment that is widespread in her family. While the Bachchan-SRK war
is old by now, the usually politically correct Big B opted to make his
stand clear by not extending any olive branch. SRK's closest buddy and
one of Abhishek's favourite directors Karan Johar was instead not only
invited by also given the task of choreographing the sangeet ceremony.
Amitabh made it clear that
he does not like SRK.
The Bachchans preferred
women – they invited Dimple, Twinkle and Rinke but not Rajesh Khanna or
Akshay Kumar. So the Kumar couple holidayed abroad instead of Twinkle going
Rani Mukherjee, Priyanka
Chopra, the Kapoor sisters, Vidya Balan, Sushmita Sen, John Abraham and
Bipasha Basu were not invited for incredible reasons like past rivalries
or relationships or a new top star status (as in John Abraham’s case).
Hema and Dharmendra were
miffed that daughters Esha and Ahna were not invited. Reacting to this
snub, both did not attend the wedding.
Farhan Akhtar, Ravi Chopra,
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sanjay Gadhvi – some of Bollywood’s
most successful directors – were not invited for personal dislikes and
because they were in the ‘wrong camp’.
Hrithik Roshan had angered
the Bachchans with the lip lock with Ash in Dhoom 2 and thus lost his chance
to attend the wedding.
Abhishek also minded the
fact that Hrithik replaced him in Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra’s new film Dilli
6, which AB Corp wanted to co-produce. The deal fell through and Abhishek
walked out of the film, making room for Hrithik.
Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek
Bachchan have been childhood friends and have always shared a warm relationship.
Unfortunately, the relationship soured when the Bachchans disapproved of
the Ash-Hrithik lip lock in Dhoom 2. Abhishek and his family were not happy
that Ash and Hrithik shared a hot passionate kiss on-screen. Also, Hrithik
walking away with all the applauds in Dhoom 2 did not go down well with
Bollywood's first family. Hrithik also walked out of an international performance
tour because it was called the Bachchan Show. Probably, Ash wanted to invite
Hrithik, but she had to exchange a favor with the Bachchans who had left
out Salman Khan and Viveik Oberoi for her sake. She had to omit Hrithik
from the list to keep them happy.
The family even ignored Sushmita
Sen, who Abhishek often calls 'didi'. Wonder if it had anything to do with
the one-time Ash-Sush rivalry?
Now if all this is confusing
to the Janata, that’s ok. The only take we can walk away with is, Bollywood
is not One Big Happy Family as it is often portrayed!