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Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to a girl at Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri (E), on Wednesday morning . There was no official announcement of the news of the latest arrival in Bollywood's first family, but it was confirmed only on cyberspace .

Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, tweeted a confirmation around 10 am, a little after his grand-daughter's birth : 'I am Dada to the cutest baby girl !' The new father, Abhishek, tweeted even though he isn't a regular : 'Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Both Aishwarya and the baby are doing great and taking some much needed rest . 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 !!!!'

Sources close to the family said Aishwarya went into labour at about 5.30 am and the baby was born at 9.50 am. The first indication of the muchawaited arrival came through Blackberry messages of Bollywood personalities . Around 10 am, many got busy changing their BBM status messages . Big B's tweet arrived around the same time .

The baby's arrival ends days of speculation and bookies had even placed bets. The birth also defined new grounds in broadcast journalism-there were no breaking news or constant flashing of snippets across channels . The Big B, in fact, tweeted: 'As I travel back from the hospital, I need to thank the media for keeping their word of not intruding our privacy . Deeply obliged !' He said the family would give '' time to both electronic and print media." . For the present, he added, the family needed rest after being up for almost 24 hours .

One of the first film personalities to wish the Bachchans was filmmaker Karan Johar . 'Congratulations !! Baby B had a baby girl,' he tweeted. Actor Shah Rukh Khan wrote that he wanted to dance after hearing the news . He tweeted to Amitabh Bachchan, 'Yippeeee !!! All love & health & happiness ... this is Masha Allah absolutely beautiful . Bless u Sir . This calls for a dance !!!'

Actor Sonam Kapoor, too, left a cyber message for the Bachchans . 'I'm so so excited for you ! Lots and lots of love and happiness !' she said . Bipasha Basu congratulated all the Bachchans : 'OMG! So excited Baby B is Daddy to a lil Angel ! Congrats Ash n juniorbachchan n to d entire family ! Welcome sweet baby girl' .

Close friends of Abhishek, such as filmmakers Apoorva Lakhia and Bunty Walia and actor Sonali Bendre visited the hospital on Wednesday afternoon .

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