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Mangalore: Timing of Viveik, Suresh Oberoi Visit Raises Eyebrows

from our special correspondent (MB)
with additional inputs and pic from Raymond D'Cunha Taccode

Mangalore, Apr 18: The celebrity rush to temples in and around the city is still on.

The little Jain temple town of Moodbidri here buzzed with sensation on early afternoon of Wednesday, April 18 as two men stopped their car in front of a 'pan' shop and got out for a munch. The dark glasses that they sported could not hide their identity. Perhaps they were unaware of the fact that the common populace, especially the rickshaw drivers, were well versed in Bollywood matters.


Suresh and Viveik Oberoi mixing and mingling with the crowd in Moodbidri

It didn't take much time for them to recognize them as Suresh Oberoi and his son Viveik Oberoi, both well known in Hindi filmdom. The tongues started wagging as they mixed freely with their admirers. Upon enquiry, they said they were on their way to Shri Kshetra Kukke Subrahmanya to offer special pujas.

Whispering comments in Tulu could be heard about the timing of the pilgrimage. After all, Viveik was once known as the fiance, well almost, of Mangalore maiden Aishwarya Rai, who is now getting married to Abhishek Bachchan later this week.

Usually, all celebrities, once they are here, tend to complete the full circuit, with visits to Dharmasthala, Kollur and other places added into the agenda. Would the Oberois stay on here for at least 3-4 days, by which time Aishwarya's 'vivah' rituals will have been seen through?

That was the crux of the matter which was the hot subject under discussion. Though it could be a juicy bit mentioned in a lighter vein, can a serious dimension be ruled out, wondered a few gossip-mongers.

The visit appeared to have been kept a closely-guarded secret. Enquiries by daijiworld correspondents in Subrahmanya and Dharmasthala with the temple sources drew a total blank.

For all the difference the gossip made to their visit,  the Oberois continued their journey further towards Subrahmanya, happily chewing 'pan' and, of course, with the happy memories of having kept their fans in Moodbidri in good humour.


Bachchan pettiness mars Abhishek-Aishwarya wedding story

By Vimla Patil  / SAWF

Mumbai, Apr 18: Instead of using the widely welcome Abhishek-Aishwarya wedding to rebuild fences and reinvigorate Bollywood bonhomie the Bachchans are using the occasion to settle scores.

Here's on example of how their conduct is adding some vitriol to the otherwise sweet story of the lovebirds the whole country wishes to bless.

Amitabh and Jaya, says TOI, were invited over the past weekend to release the music of Apoorva Lakhia's film "Shootout at Lokhandwala", which stars Viveik Oberoi. But though the host waited till late in the evening, the chief guests did not turn up and Jeetendra and Rakesh Roshan had to do the honors.

Reports say that the Bachchans did not wish to 'face Viveik Oberoi, who plays the lead role in the film and hobnob with him to possibly stir up a media controversy at the time of the wedding'.

The report also said that they feared that 'Viveik might say something to attract media attention' and therefore avoided being present at the show. And this, though they had asked for a minute-to-minute program of who will be present and who will speak at the function before accepting the invitation!

Obviously, the Oberois have not been invited to the wedding. (Bollywood watchers must remember that at the height of the Aishwarya -Viveik romance, Viveik said on the Koffee With Karan show that the 'best place for Ash was in his arms).

What's more, TOI reports that Jaya Bachchan expressed her disapproval of Viveik on national television on the same Koffee With Karan show last week! When he asked her to name a 'man on a mission', she answered rather sarcastically, 'Viveik Oberoi'!

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