She’s the most coveted celebrity baby on this side of the Atlantic and the fact that she’s turning one is enough to create a media frenzy, with India’s very own paparazzi pulling on their running shoes to chase this story down, and possibly her starry parents too.
For those of you who haven’t guessed as yet, it’s Aaradhya Bachchan’s first birthday on November 16, and the party has only just begun for the young mite who only recently made her public debut (or rather her full face did) at grandfather Amitabh Bachchan’s own big celebration on October 11.
Speculation is rife that parents Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are planning a special treat for the youngest member of the family, whose personal anecdotes have been doing the rounds in the press of late, with her superstar granddad and aunt Shweta Nanda, both gushing on about her growing pains.
In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Nanda was quoted as saying: “Aaradhya is doing a lot more than my kids were doing at her age. She’s forming words, saying them, listening to everything we say and absorbing it. She’s even taking steps on her own now. Aishwarya’s determination is evident.”
Meanwhile, patriarch Bachchan is just ecstatic his almost-one-year-old grandchild is now calling him ‘Dada’ (grandfather).
Bachchan tweeted the same, writing: “One of the most endearing moments of life... when your grandchild, without any prompting calls out on seeing you.. Dada. [sic]”
So what could perhaps be on the cards for Aaradhya big day? Emirates24|7 tosses out a few possibilities.
Considering AbhiAsh own a property at Sanctuary Falls, Jumeirah Golf Estates, there is a strong possibility the whole Bachchan family may use this as an occasion to escape the media that will be parked outside their plush Mumbai homes.
While the Bachchans have never talked much about their palatial Dubai property, insiders say that the sprawling villa is ready and waiting for its celebrity owners to use it as a weekend escape.
Maybe the first family of Bollywood could combine this with the Diwali break on November 13 and make a long weekend out of this.
It is no secret that Abhishek and Aishwarya absolutely love spending time in Goa.
The duo has holidayed there on many an occasion, with rumours being rife a few days ago that Abhishek had actually planned to whisk his pretty wife and child away to the beachside holiday destination for Aishwarya’s own birthday on November 2.
Close aides are suggesting the family will celebrate Diwali in Mumbai, before the couple breaks away with Aaradhya for a much-needed family time for their young one’s birthday.
Home sweet home
Thee Bachchans always say there’s no place like home. So a small intimate gathering for baby Aaradhya is not ruled out as a birthday party.
Naturally, aunt Shweta Nanda and her own brood would jet in for the big day.
But could we possibly see more star kids such as Shilpa Shetty’s and Lara Dutta’s babies gracing the occasion?
We have 9 days to find out.