Hollywood: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Bollywood: Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. The copying seems to have spread beyond movie-making into real life. Former Miss World, the lovely and beautiful Aishwarya Rai, will marry Abhishek Bachchan, voted sexiest Asian man by a British newspaper, in a simple ceremony on April 20. The wedding seems like a match made in heaven. Is it for publicity or is it real love?
Angelina and Jolie and Brad Pitt showed that celebrity marriages can work. They have kept their life relatively private although they have adopted one child after another in poverty-stricken countries and had their own baby recently. On the other hand, David Beckham and Victoria Posh Spice flaunted themselves and their family for publicity. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes also behaved like teenagers in a crush and declared their love to the whole world, much to the embarrassment and anguish of Nicole Kidman, Cruise’s former wife. The two marriages seem like an endless promotional event, for the former, and a soap opera, for the latter.
Will Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan do it in style? Their simple wedding ceremony for about 15 guests seems like a good start. Unlike the lavish wedding of Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar, they seem determined to keep the event low-profile. Weddings are after all meant to seal the love of two people, not to increase sales and boost ratings. Marriage is a journey and not an event. Will the sexy and gorgeous couple live up or down to the world’s expectations of them? Time has the secret.