PHOTOS: Aishwarya – A Traffic Stopper in Pune
It seems motherhood and her hiatus from movies has only made Aishwarya Rai Bachchan more popular — if the crowds that gathered to greet her on Sunday morning, as she arrived in the city to inaugurate a jewellery store on Karve Road, are any proof.
With the actor scheduled to arrive at 12.30 pm, a crowd began assembling on Karve Road from 11 am onwards, climbing up onto rooftops and terraces to catch a glimpse of Bahu B. Of course, Ash reached the venue late, only at 2.30 pm. However, not too many fans seemed to mind the delay, and she was welcomed with loud whistling and applause. While there were private security guards at the venue, police had to control some over-enthusiastic individuals — who were seen forcefully escorted from the area.
Resplendent in red, gold and green, as Ash took the microphone to speak to the gathered masses, she exclaimed, “Kasa kaay Pune? How are you?” causing the audience to erupt in a frenzy. A few in the crowd expressed disappointment that Aaradhya wasn’t in tow.
Meanwhile, traffic had come almost to a standstill from Nal Stop to Garware College, as a police team comprising an ACP, two PIs and 10 constables srtruggled to maintain a smooth flow of vehicles on the arterial stretch.
Suresh Kenjale, police inspector at Deccan Police Station, said, “We were told by organisers that Aishwarya would arrive around 11 am, but she came quite late. A crowd of at least 3,000 people had gathered on Karve Road by that time, making traffic movement very slow. We had to manage the public and move vehicles without hurting anyone. However, when she did arrive, traffic came to a total standstill for around 10 minutes.”
- Times of India
(Aishwarya’s PR responded via twitter regarding comments that Aishwarya was late
“Aishwarya was not 2h30 late : time was given as 2pm and she reached 1 h late because of the huge crowd on the road”