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10 December 2023

Oprah meets Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's 'Beti B'

By Ajanta Paul

Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey is on her maiden visit to India. And guess who is taking her around - Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and hubby Abhishek Bachchan.
Oprah Winfrey chose to go truly Indian as she draped an orange and golden sari as she went to meet Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai and her 2-month-old baby on Monday night in Mumbai.
She was greeted by top-notch Indian socialites and Bollywood glitterati including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and her ever favourite Aishwarya Rai at a private party thrown by page 3 socialite Parmeshwar Godrej.
But before all of that Oprah made it a point to stop and visit the main star- Aishwarya's baby.
Oprah went to visit the Bachchan residence Jalsa to meet Abhishek and Aishwarya's two month-old daughter, nicknamed 'Beti B'. The meeting was at the top of her priority list upon her arrival in Mumbai. She was at their residence for more than an hour.
Amitabh Bachchan then took over the role of a chauffeur and along with Abhishek, Aishwarya and wife Jaya drove Oprah to a party.
Overwhelmend by Oprah's gesture Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: "The gracious Oprah Winfrey visits our home, to meet us and bless the baby..warm hearted, endearing .. drive her to party in her honor"
He also seemed thrilled to see the lady in saree "And Oprah in sari .. looking lovely !!"
The family accompanied Oprah to a private party hosted at the socialite's residence in Mumbai according to Daily Bhaskar.

The party saw an impressive footfall from Bollywood, filmmakers Ashutosh Gowariker and Rajkumar Hirani, as well as actors Anupam Kher, his son Sikander Kher, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty with hubby Raj Kundra, Abhay Deol with actress-girlfriend Preeti Desai, Lara Dutta, Dino Morea, Sameera Reddy, Kalki Koechlin, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Imran Khan were in attendance for the high profile party.

Celebrities took to Twitter to share their excitement upon meeting the 57-year-old iconic lady.

Sameera Reddy tweeted: "My god! Oprah Winfrey is the warmest most down to earth person I haveever met! What a personality! I'm thrilled."

Heavily pregnant actress Lara Dutta was equally upbeat about being in the company of Winfrey, as well as her "Don 2: The King Is Back" co-star Shah Rukh.

"@Oprah and @iamsrk, two people I absolutely adore! Thank you for making my day! Now can go into labour happily!" posted Lara.

According to news agency PTI, Oprah is amazed by the tolerance and system of joint families in India.
She likes the way families learn to love and live together.

On Tuesday she visited a city slum at Colaba in Mumbai and is also had dinner with a family of four generations.
Oprah is in India primarily to shoot for her new show 'Next Chapter'.
Oprah's 'Next Chapter' is the next edition of her famous talk show in which she will travel around the world interviewing celebrities, newsmakers and others.
She will be travelling to India to shoot with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra for 'Next Chapter'.

She will also participate in the Jaipur Literary Festival to be held from January 20 to 22.