The buzz is, the ebullient, ubiquitous and awe-inspiring Oprah Winfrey is in India and is completely besotted by the warm welcome and hospitality from Bollywood, especially by the Bachchan family.
Ever since the couple, Abhishek- Aishwarya appeared on her show, Oprah and Aishwarya have been in touch, albeit not on a regular basis. This time when she is in India, it is a double whacker, with the birth of Beti B (a name the Indian media has chosen for the Bachchan granddaughter) and she has graced the occasion by her blessings to the newborn, as promised earlier.
The host of one of the greatest celebrity talk shows in the world, Oprah Winfrey is no less than a celebrity herself. No wonder, the whole film fraternity and who’s who from Bollywood, socialites, business honchos, writers and others are present in the party thrown by Parmeshwar Godrej, a renowned socialite who belongs to a premier business house in the country.
Today, the newspapers, tabloids and the internet are splashed with pictures of the most talked-about event on January 16, 2012.
Rarely do you get to see so many stalwarts in a single frame. The sight of Amitabh Bachchan behind the wheels, with Abhishek besides him and driving Oprah (seating in the backseat along with Aishwarya) to the party venue says it all.
It reminds me of the chutkule (joke) by Raju Shrivastav, a stand-up comedian of repute. The story goes that, once Mumbai policemen were guarding a check-post and were imposing fines to those who jumped the traffic. One of the cars which accidentally jumped the red light was stopped by a traffic constable. When asked to roll down the window glass, the constable was startled to find Amitabh Bachchan on the driver’s seat. He hurriedly rushed back to his senior and said, “Sir, we cannot impose fine on this car, it belongs to some VVIP who has employed Amitabhji as driver”. Such is the aura and significance of Oprah Winfrey, when, even biggies like Amitabh Bachchan take pride in driving her to a venue.
Not only Bollywood, even icons from Hollywood go gaga over featuring on an episode of the famous talk show. Be it a charming Tom Cruise, the funny Jim Kerry, legends like Elizabeth Taylor, pretty woman Julia Roberts or the lady with that golden voice, Celine Dion, the list is endless. From the moment the first episode got aired on September 8, 1986, the Oprah Winfrey show has entertained millions across the globe, sometimes with rib-tickling moments, sometimes with soul searching and tear-jerking anecdotes.
Now that she is in India, I wish, she carries home a pleasant impression of India.