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Sushmita arrives for Ash's mehndi
Binoy Valsan | April 20, 2007 13:28 IST
Aishwarya Rai's La Mer residence in Bandra was bustling with activity on Thursday night, the night of her mehndi ceremony, on the eve of her wedding to Abhishek Bachchan.
The lane outside her home was full of fans, media persons, police and security personnel. Neighbouring residents were out on their balconies and windows to catch a glimpse of the proceedings.
Ad filmmaker Prahlad Kakkar and Sachin Tendulkar's wife Anjali -- who stay in the same building as Ash -- were part of the activities from the start. Susmita Sen and her daughter Renee arrived later to wish her.
The policemen and security guards had a tough time keeping fans and media personnel at bay, while negotiating the traffic in the narrow lane.
Dancers and drummers in traditional Punjabi attire added colour to the function.
She was not the only one. Quite a few women and children were jostling outside to catch a glimpse of the young couple.
"The age difference between Abhishek and Aishwarya will have a critical impact on their relationship later," predicted nine year old Clinton, who stays nearby.
The Bachchan Volvo left La Mer for Prateeksha within minutes of arrival. Apparently, they had gone to the Rai home to give them shagun, which consisted of haldi and mehndi, among others items.
By 10 pm, the crowds began to melt away, many dejected faces among them, as they could not catch a glimpse of their favourite stars.