Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai is pregnant, her father-in-law and legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan has revealed on a micro-blogging site twitter.
Rai is married to actor Abhishek, Mr Bachchan’s son. This will be the couple’s first baby.
Often called the “queen of Bollywood”, Rai, 37, married Bachchan in 2007, forging the ultimate Bollywood dynasty.
She first charmed the nation at just 21, winning Miss World in 1994. She has acted in several Hollywood films too.
“News news news!! I am going to become a grandfather. Aishwarya expecting. So happy and thrilled,” Mr Bachchan tweeted on Tuesday night.
The actor later wrote that he had received “2,843 tweets in the first half hour” and that he was “overwhelmed with wishes and blessings”.
It’s not yet know when the baby is due. As soon as Amitabh Bachchan disclosed the news of daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai’s pregnancy on micro-blogging site Twitter, the Bachchans’ fans started gathering outside his residence Jalsa. Reactions and congratulatory messages also started pouring in on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Bollywood stars have been congratulating the Bachchan family on Twitter since Big B broke the news on Tuesday night.
Actress Priyanka Chopra tweeted saying, “CONGRATS SIR @SrBachchan and @juniorbachchan…awesome news!! lets make way for the legacy to go forward…”
Actor Ritesh Deshmukh, who is also a good friend of Abhishek, expressed his joy. “Congratulations! Super Super happy,” he tweeted.
VJ-turned-actor Sophie Chowdhury tweeted: “Congrats to soon to be dadaji @SrBachchan. Thrilled for @juniorbachchan and Ash. Much love and happiness to u all!!”
Actor Ranvir Shorey also tweeted his congratulatory message to the “happy couple”.
An elated music composer Vishal Dadlani said: “Thrilled for @juniorbachchan, Ash, @SrBachchan and Mrs B. Some of the most wonderful people I know! God bless you.”
Abhishek’s Dum Maaro Dum co-star Rana Daggubati too congratulated the Bachchans. “@juniorbachchan is soon to be Daddy Bachchan. Congrats and lots of love,” he tweeted.Rai was the first Indian actress to sit on the Cannes jury in 2003. She has also appeared on the cover of Time magazine as the global face of Indian cinema.
Because of her popularity in India and outside, she has long been the face of cosmetic giant Loreal and high-end Longines watches.