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Throwback Thursday video: Abhishek Bachchan on how he proposed to Aishwarya Rai


As the star couple celebrates their 10th wedding anniversary, we go down memory lane and look at this video from 2009, where Abhishek joined wife Aishwarya on The Oprah Winfrey Show, revealing why 'the most beautiful woman in the world' fell for him.

Shriram Iyengar

Abhishek Bachchan might not have the star power as the Khans in the film industry, but he doesn't need it. After all, not everyone manages to propose successfully to Aishwarya Rai. On the 15th wedding anniversary of one of Hindi cinema's power couples, Abhishek and Aishwarya, their first television appearance on Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009 is a nice throwback which explains why the two remain the ideal couple. 

Shot in 2009, Abhishek and Aishwarya's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show was their first television stint post marriage. Considering Aishwarya's standing as the face of Indian cinema in Hollywood back then, it was natural that the West was quite curious to find out about what made Abhishek such an outstanding choice. 

Though it was his first appearance on the show, Abhishek pulls off the trump card of humour that leaves Oprah and the audience in splits. When asked how he proposed to 'the most beautiful woman in the world', Abhishek says, "I was filming in New York for a movie, and I used to stand on the balcony of my hotel and wish 'One day, wouldn't it be nice if I was together with her, married.' So, I took her to the very same balcony and asked her to marry me." 

While this might not be the dream proposal one might have expected, it was enough to floor AIshwarya."It was very nice. And very real." she replies.

While his proposal game might not be on par, it is his humour that makes Abhishek special. When asked what it was like to wake up next to such a beautiful woman every day, he replied, "Unreal. Sometimes you look at her and say, 'Really? Even in the morning (you look like this)?". That answer left both Aishwarya and Oprah in splits. 

Oprah ventured further asking what the couple does in their free time, and pat came Abhishek's smooth reply, "We take a flight to Chicago and visit Oprah." 

As the couple celebrates their 15th wedding anniversary, there is a lot that has changed for them. The arrival of Aradhya Bachchan, being one. However, Abhishek's sense of humour and Aishwarya's grace is what has kept this couple going. 

Watch the video here: