Inside Aishwarya Rai's intimate 45th birthday party in Mumbai

Abhishek Bachchan threw her a surprise bash, after which the family took off to India's beach capital

epa06731513 Aishwarya Rai arrives for the screening of 'Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 12 May 2018. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 08 to 19 May.  EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON
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Despite being one of the most beautiful women in the world, a regular on red carpets and a highly successful actress, the notoriously private Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has never been fond of throwing showy parties.

Case in point: Aishwarya has just rung in her 45th birthday with an intimate gathering that included her mum, a few close friends and her husband, Abhishek Bachchan, who planned the bash as a surprise for his wife of 11 years.

Aishwarya put up this picture with her mum, Vrinda Rai, with a portrait of her late father in the background, captioned: "Thank you both. Blessed. Love you eternally."

Doting husband Abhishek put paid to any rumours of the couple having separated with his own Instagram post: "Happy Birthday Wife. I love you. #MyHappyPlace."

The couple and their daughter, Aradhya, were also spotted at Mumbai airport on Thursday morning, catching a flight to the balmy beaches of Goa.

The team handling the actress's "news" page on Instagram, meanwhile, put up this somewhat creepy Photoshopped image of the actress on Halloween.

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