Why can't Abhishek Bachchan shine

Aishwarya Rai embodies the glamor of Indian cinema. Only her zodiac sign was a problem: the star who married a tree

Let’s start with uninhibited superlatives. She was crowned Miss World in 1994. Is the highest paid female star in Bollywood. Fluent in (and fluent in) five languages ​​- Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu, English. Aishwarya - "Ash" for short - receives at least two film offers per day. Is the first Indian actress to appear in Madame Tussaud's wax museum. 17,000 websites are dedicated to her. The companies L'Oréal, De Beers Diamanten and Coca-Cola adorn their advertising with it. "Time Magazine" ranked her among the "100 Most Influential People in the World".

Not enough? Julia Roberts called her "Most Beautiful Woman in the World". In 2002 in Cannes she stole the show when she pulled up in a carriage and walked a wonderful, yellow-orange embroidered saree; a year later she was a member of the festival jury. When filming a soap spot in Dubai, it caused traffic chaos; For hours, their Arab fans refused to drive on, hoping at a glance. George W. Bush invited her to dinner on his visit to India (luckily she was filming in Brazil).

Welcome to the fairytale world of the Aishwarya Rai. Now don't say you never heard of her. Don't know that it pronounces itself "Ashvariia Rrai". That is no longer sufficient in our globalized times. There is the couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, which we have lovingly shortened to "Brangelina". But since the spring there has also been the couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, who have been united to "Abishwarya". Almost everywhere in the world, apart from small backward zones of ignorance in Europe and America.

One cannot imagine this wedding big enough. The comparison with Brangelina is flawed, because Brad Pitt does not have an empire like Abhishek Bachchan. Perhaps one could bring in Catherina Zeta-Jones, who also married more than Michael Douglas, the entire Douglas clan. But Catherine does not have the worldwide stature of Aishwarya, and Michael's father, Kirk, is a legend, but not a force of the present.

Abhishek's father, on the other hand, is Amitabh Bachchan. Or Big B. Or Big A. Or "One Man Industry". Definitely "big". 1.91 meters, deep baritone, brooding personality. It is impossible to escape the silver beard in India. If you don't meet the hero of 170 films in the cinema and avoid the Indian "Who will be a millionaire?" (which he presents on television) - then he looks at one of the thousands of billboards advertising chocolate, soap, watches, suits, batteries or even lipstick.

One of his best friends is financial juggler Anil Ambani, who is currently ranked 18th in the world's most popular lists of richest people, with an estimated fortune of 14 billion euros. With which we would not have said anything about the narrow axis Amitabh Bachchan / Yash Chopra, the latter the godfather of Bollywood, the former his pupil, with whom he (and the one with him) has accumulated mountains of rupees since the 1970s.

You can see that family ties are much stronger in the Indian film industry than in the western one, and it is not uncommon for marriage to take place according to the good old dynastic principle that two kingdoms are united with marriage. Allegedly it took Abhishek seven months to convince his astrological parents that Aishwarya could strengthen the dynasty.

The problem was Rai's date of birth, November 1, 1973. She was born as "Manglik", and those born in this Mars constellation should only marry other Mangliks. If this is violated, astrologers warn, there is a threat of illness, irascibility, divorce, and the non-Manglik dies first. Unthinkable for the Bachchan group. However, the curse of the stars can be bypassed with a previous marriage, and so Aishwarya, the bride, was initially married to a tree.

This may sound strange to those unfamiliar with Hindu customs, but it makes perfect sense in India. It's definitely the safer liaison - compared to Aishwarya Rais' previous relationship with fellow actor Salman Khan. The two met eight years ago on the set of Rai's breakthrough film "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam". A romance blossomed - until the police called Aishwarya. She had started tapping the phones of Bollywood stars after the murder of the music producer Gulshan Kumar, not only stumbling across the affair, but also Khan's connections to the underworld. Ash again had nothing better to do than warn Salman about the wiretapping - which in turn was wiretapped by the police. The transcript made its way into the media through opaque channels, and once again a corner of the carpet was lifted that covers what is believed to be the extensive links between Bollywood and organized crime, as is believed across India.

Such revelations have never seriously harmed any Bollywood star, any more than their numerous affairs, which would make normal mortal women completely impossible to find on the marriage market.

Instead, enjoy Ash's legendary green-blue eyes (which she has already donated for an eye transplant in the event of her death). Real waves of outrage only hit when she was kissed on the cheek in the action spectacle "Dhoom 2". Bollywood films traditionally break out into song and dance as soon as kissable lips near their destination, and because of this "profanity" Rai was even recently summoned to a district court hearing in Bihar, east India. The case is still pending.