HYDERABAD: The baby has arrived before the party. Though the talk of film actor Chiranjeevi entering politics has been going on for more than a year, his second daughter Srija catapulted the megastar to a new status, that of a grandfather. Srija gave birth to a baby girl at Taraporewala Nursing Home, East Marredpally, on Saturday at around 9.30 am.
Srija had run away from home and married her lover Sirish Bharadwaj on October 17 last year at an Arya Samaj mandir in Bowenpally.
The new arrival brought the two familiesâ€”Srija's and Sirish'sâ€”together for the first time. Also, an elated Chiranjeevi called up his daughter and conveyed his happiness.
Earlier in the day, Chiranjeevi's wife Surekha, son Ram Charan Teja and brother-in-law Allu Arvind met the new mother and the new-born at nursing home. When asked why the star himself had not turned up, Surekha said: "He is not in the city and is busy." The actor is likely to meet her late in night as he did not want any media attention.
Chiranjeevi spoke to Srija over the phone and blessed his grandchild. "He told his daughter that he is happy with the news and his blessings are with her," a close relative of the family said.
A very tired Srija, who underwent a Caesarean operation, said she "is happy to be a mother". "We wanted it to be a low-profile event," she added.
The couple said that they were not expecting Chiranjeevi's family members to turn up and when they did it came as a surprise. "Srija and the baby were blessed both by her mother, her brother and uncle. Though there were problems, they did turn up after the delivery. Since this was the first meeting after the marriage, it was an emotional moment for all of us," Sirish told media. "Though the delivery was scheduled for August, it had to be done earlier. It is a premature baby," Sirish Bharadwaj said.
Though locals came to see the mother and child, no one was allowed to see the baby. The new father said veda pandits from Rajahmundry would come to do pujas for the new born.
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