Estranged brothers visit ancestral place after 15 years.
Aavo bhai,” is reportedly how Anil Ambani greeted estranged older brother Mukesh at an eagerly-watched reunion at their ancestral place.
The brothers, sons of Dhirubhai Ambani and among India’s most powerful and high-profile corporate leaders, spilt their businesses in 2005 after a bitter public battle which also reached courts. Kokilaben, mother of the Ambani brothers, who also helped them reach a settlement earlier, had talked about the rapprochement yesterday. This made at least 50 media people gather at the village, Chorwad in Gujarat.
The Ambanis were welcomed with loud cheers from villagers as they got down from their respective private choppers. Anil arrived at Chorwad this morning, followed by Mukesh a few hours later.
The family plans to formally inaugurate a memorial on Dhirubhai Ambani at their home.
"It is a family function and after 1996 both Mukesh and Anil Ambani are visiting this place for the first time. Work on the museum has been on for past three years. The Ambani brothers will open it tomorrow, which is also Dhirubhai Ambani's birthday," said Reliance and Ambani family spokesperson, Parimal Nathwani said.
After arrival, the Ambani family did not allow media into the house. Later, the entire family gathered at the temple of goddess Chorwadi to perform 'vastu yagna' ( a religious ritual) as part of the memorial inauguration.
The Dhirubhai H Ambani Memorial will house three sections, including a pictorial gallery, the old house of Dhirubhai and an auditorium.
The memorial will be opened for the public from January 16. For this, the Ambani family have renovated the home but kept old elements such as doors, windows, floor tiles and some furniture.
While the pictorial gallery shows Dhirubhai's life-journey, the auditorium is being developed for screening a short film on Dhirubhai Ambani's life.