File photo of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
File photo of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Arts & Entertainment

Aishwarya Rai denies tabloid report, Bachchans furious

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 19, 2010

Film star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has denied a report carried by a Mumbai tabloid that claimed that she was suffering from stomach tuberculosis and could not bear a child while she was being treated for the ailment.

Her husband, actor Abhishek Bachchan, and her father-in-law, megastar Amitabh Bachchan were furious at the report and wrote angry posts on their Twitter pages and blog, respectively.

"I am completely shocked, appalled and extremely upset with the contents of the article," Ms Bachchan wrote to the Mumbai Mirror, which carried excerpts from her letter on its website.

"I completely deny the report. It is fabricated and false. It is very disappointing that your office did not even bother to verify this article with me, my family, my spokesperson or my office. I would think it only ethical and correct to get the person in question's side of the story or verification before printing such news," she said.

Abhishek said the article was disgusting and appalling. "As a husband and a man I'm shocked that one can talk so irresponsibly about a woman, that too FALSELY!! On a personal note, as a husband, I will not stand for such rubbish being written about my wife," he said.

"I have never reacted to all the fabricated stories written by the media about me and my own. BUT THIS IS THE LIMIT!!!" the younger Bachchan tweeted on the micro-blogging site.

"You want to write and malign me or my father I will take it. But the ladies of my home are off limits! They've gone too far this time," Abhishek said. "Such integrity that they didn't even write the jounalist's name. Takes guts to stand by your work!"

Abhishek said Aishwarya had asked the paper for a "retraction and apology". "They've printed her denial but not the rest of the letter. And haven't had the decency to apologise," he wrote.

"Apart from the fact that they have written so irresponsibly about a woman, let alone my wife, my issue is when is all this kind of journalism going to stop???? I have immense respect for the media. They are the opinion makers of a nation, our conscience. THEY MUST BE RESPONSIBLE!!!" he added.

Amitabh Bachchan told the readers of his blog that he was writing in "deep anguish, pain and disgust".

"I am printing below an article that has been published today in the Mumbai Mirror, a sister tabloid of the 'prestigious" Times of India. This article is completely false, completely fabricated, unsubstantiated, insensitive and of the lowest quality of journalism there ever was," he wrote.

"I am too incensed and angered by the contents above," he wrote below a copy of the report he posted on his blog.

"Not a single portion of the article is true!!" he said.

"I am the head of my family. Aishwarya is not my daughter-in-law, she is my daughter, a woman, a lady in my house and home. If anyone will speak derogatorily about her, I shall fight for her till my last breath. If you have something to say to the men in the house, Abhishek or me, I shall bear it. BUT .. if you shall make injudicious remarks on the women in my home, I shall not tolerate it!!!"

When contacted in Mumbai, an editor of the Mumbai Mirror declined to make any comment in the matter.