AFTERNOON ROAR – dinner with Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Obama

The New Indian Express carried a story today on, “Guess who’s coming to Obama’s dinner for Manmohan.” A lot of buzz is being generated regarding the guest list of the first White House state dinner in honor of the Indian Prime Minister. A reputed journal, Politico has published its own wish list of top ten guests. This list includes Bollywood couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Are you kidding me? I am dumb struck. I am contemplating on what basis Abhishek got an invitation.

  • Was it his powerful performance in Dostana that got him a ticket to the White House
  • Was it his highly successful brand image that translates as high commercial viability
  • The non resident Indian population loves him
  • He is the son of the Iconic face of Indian cinema – Mr. Amitabh Bachchan
  • He went to The Cannes, so the White House is the next natural stop
  • His advance tax amount can eradicate poverty in at least one Indian state, so this trip is a reward from the government
  • He can personally address the issue of Bollywood celebrities as Shah Rukh Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh being questioned on American soil
  • More Indian students might go for higher education to the US, cause their favorite actor an ex nobody is now dining with the President

Abhishek Bachchan doesn’t look like he is troubled by the problems facing India except for roads, traffic and award functions. Does this guy even know the GDP of our country? He is a true Bollywood celebrity. This means a history of accumulating flop films, hiring an awesome PR team, endorsing, supporting charities and acting. Spreading awareness by telling a billion people to “walk when they talk.” Has jumped on the latest bandwagon- Twitter. Majority of Abhishek’s tweets have been centered on his next release “Paa.”

What are Abhishek’s credentials to represent India at the White House? Don’t say cinema cause that is not true. Passionate contributors and followers of Indian cinema are still living in India. Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi, Gulzar, Nazaruddin Shah, AR Rahman and Adoor Gopalakrishan are any day better raconteurs than Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Wonder who is going to share the table with Abhishek and Aishwarya.

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: