Toronto Gets Junior Mints Out For Junior B

Official Film Poster

Bollywood golden couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan will walk the red carpet in a few hours, at the world premiere of their much-anticipated film Guru.

A full-capacity crowd is expected to fill Toronto’s historic Elgin Theatre, and officials are prepared for about 10,000 fans to surround the venue, waiting for a glimpse of the stars.

Tickets, at $500 a pop, sold out in minutes.

Directed by Mani Ratnam, Guru is inspired by the real-life rags-to-riches story of Indian industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani.

But the film has perhaps been overshadowed by gup-shup about Rai and Bachchan—specifically that they are altar-bound (rumor has it they might announce their engagement at tonight’s event).

This is the first time a Bollywood film will premiere in the city.

“Whenever we can take the South Asian community to the mainstream, it’s a good thing,” says businessman and film distributor Nav Bhatia. “This will really put Toronto on the map in India.”

The Greater Toronto Area is home to about 350,000 desis.

(Theatrical trailer and behind-the-scenes footage)

Update (1/14): Aaand it’s official. The stars have just gotten engaged.

January 11, 2007
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  1. January 14, 2007, 4:02 pm Nirali Magazine: The Blog | Ash and Abishek Altar-Bound

    […] The engagement—a quiet ceremony held at the Bachchan residence today—comes after many months of speculation that the two were indeed an item. Abishek proposed in New York, after the film premiered in Times Square Friday night. Rai accepted immediately. […]