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It's a girl for Aishwarya Rai

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Bollywood royalty is born!

Aishwarya Rai welcomed her first child with husband Abhishek Bachchan earlier this week. Did the first couple of Bollywood actually ban media from covering the birth?

Talk about winning the genetic lottery. Gorgeous Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai gave birth to her first child — a daughter — on Tuesday, her husband confirmed on Twitter.

Bollywood royalty is born!

"Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Both Aishwarya and the baby are doing great and taking some much needed rest…" Abhishek Bachchan tweeted. "And I'm trying my level best to get rid of this caffeine high and get some sleep too. Don't think it'll work. TOO EXCITED!!!!"

This is the first child for Rai and Bachchan. The former Miss World and fellow Bollywood actor have been married for four years. The first photos of their child — and the baby's name — are coming soon, promises grandfather Amitabh Bachchan.

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"As I travel back from the hospital I need to thank the media for keeping their word of not intruding [on] our privacy. Deeply obliged!" the proud grandpa tweeted. "We will give time to both electronic and print media .. PR will be setting up .. Have been up for more than 24 hours .. Need rest."

India's media were reportedly barred from covering the birth of Bollywood's First Baby — under strict direction from the couple. The 10-point bulletin advised reporters that they couldn't cover the birth or camp out outside the hospital.

However, Bachchan called it nonsense.

"Absolutely rubbish," the handsome actor tweeted. "I&B and media matter ! Firstly I have no such intention ever, secondly do you really think I&B would listen to me !?? No way baby! But more interesting stuff coming in on this topic! Apparently media has been told by I&B to not have OB Vans outside hospitals ! But wait ! Yesterday journalist from electronic, sent me sms, which indicated that this decision was from the electronic media. That news came to me via a journalist .. so someone putting two and two together and making it Bachchan ... Ha ha ha !!" (sic)

No matter now, the baby is here! We can't wait to see pictures — this child has a bright future ahead.

Image courtesy Vince Maher/

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