Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai pregnant

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Former Miss World turned actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is pregnant, her father-in-law and veteran Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed.

“NEWS NEWS NEWS !! I AM GOING TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER .. AISHWARYA EXPECTING .. SO HAPPY AND THRILLED !!!,” Bachchan wrote on his Twitter page late Tuesday.

 

Aishwarya Rai, 37, married Bachchan’s actor son Abhishek, 35, in April 2007. The child will be their first and comes after weeks of speculation in Indian gossip columns about the actress’ fluctuating weight.

 

Bachchan senior later said on the micro-blogging site that he was “overwhelmed” with the response to the news from followers and had received 2,843 tweets of congratulation in just half an hour.

 

Writing on his blog bigb.bigadda.com, he said: “There is joy and happiness around us.”

 

There was no immediate indication when the baby was due.

 

The Bachchans — Amitabh, his actress wife Jaya, Aishwarya and Abhishek — are Bollywood’s “first family” and have a fanatical following in India and around the world. His daughter, Shweta Nanda, has two children.

 

The family patriarch said he was particularly pleased with the news because “now cometh the progeny of my son that shall bear the surname Bachchan – the first in this generation…”.

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