Rani Mukherji, Aditya Chopra welcome baby girl Adira

Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee and filmmaker Aditya Chopra on Wednesday (December 9) became proud parents of a beautiful baby girl. The couple have reportedly named her Adira, which is a combination of initials of Aditya and Rani.

Rani was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Tuesday night and was blessed with a baby girl this morning. Mother and baby are believed to be doing well. It is the couple’s first child.

Rani’s brother-in-law and Aditya’s younger brother Uday Chopra broke the news on Twitter and announced about his niece, “IT’S A GIRL!!!!!” The proud uncle also congratulated her parents and tweeted, “Rani and Aditya Chopra become proud parents to a baby girl named Adira. Congratulations!”

Rani thanked her fans and well-wishers and said her daughter Adira “God’s greatest gift.”

"I would like to thank all my well-wishers and fans. Today life has given us God's greatest gift with Adira. We thank fans our friends for their unconditional support and blessings. With joy we begin this new chapter in our lives," the ‘Mardani’ actress said in an official statement released by Yash Raj Films.

Rani and Aditya who tied the knot in April, 2014 have been happily married for one and half years. Rani had developed minor complications after Diwali and was admitted to hospital. She was expected to deliver in January, but the baby arrived little early.

Rani's brother Raja Mukerji also shared his joy at becoming ‘mama’. "The mood in the entire family is absolutely joyous and fantastic. Both Rani and Adi are absolutely ecstatic," he told a national daily. "Adira rhymes with both Aditya and Rani’s names. There couldn’t have been a more beautiful name for the baby," he added.

Congratulatory messages from started pouring in for the couple.

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor congratulated the new parents and tweeted, "Rani and Aditya Chopra become proud parents to a baby girl named Adira. Congratulations!"

Karan Johar who worked with Rani in films like ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, wrote, “Am an uncle to a beautiful baby girl today!!!!! @udaychopra !!! Rani and Adi had a baby girl!!”

YRF’s casting director Shanoo Sharma wrote, “It's a girl!!!!!! Our little Goddess has arrived!!!!!”

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who starred in the YRF production ‘Bewakoofiyaan’ and ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, congratulated baby Adira calling her 'chachu'. “Congrats chachu!!!” he posted.

“ITS A GIRL !!!! So so excited baby Adira is born !! #Adi #Rani,” Parineeti Chopra tweeted.