Aishwarya Rai: Embracing motherhood

Published: June 26, 2011
Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan is looking forward to being a mother. PHOTO: FILE

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan is looking forward to being a mother. PHOTO: FILE


For Aishwarya Rai, it has been a fairy tale journey into the world of glamour after winning the Miss World title in 1994. And now the internationally acclaimed female actor is all set to enjoy motherhood.

Ash first became a rage when she teamed up with Aamir Khan and Mahima Chaudhary in a coke ad in 1993. As soon as it hit the screens, Ash became a star. The following year she participated in the Miss India contest and won the first runner-up title.

She treaded an extraordinary path in the world of glitz and glamour – the actress is the brand ambassador for international brands like L’Oreal and Longines, she has featured in People magazine’s list of most beautiful people in 2006 and is also mentioned in Time’s list for World’s 100 Most Influential People in 2004 and 2010.

Meanwhile, she shone on the international firmament with films like Bride and Prejudice and Pink Panther 2 and by becoming a regular at the Cannes red carpet.

“Aishwarya is a true style icon who maintained her charisma in modelling and in films and she is still going strong. She has got an amazing mix of desi and western looks, which makes her one of the most beautiful women of the world,” says Delhi-based fashion designer Kunal Kapoor. “She is one lady who did everything just perfect. With timeless beauty and elegance, hope she continues her life the way she is doing. Congrats for being a mom Aishwarya.”

Bollywood filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who perhaps gave her the best role in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, describes her as a beautiful girl but also adds, “she has a beautiful mind too, a sharp mind and a thinking mind that questions and answers.

“Over the years, her exposure to world cinema as a jury member at Cannes, her visits to various other film festivals and her meetings with international actors and directors  have really made her evolve.”

Her cinematic journey started with director Mani Ratnam’s 1997 Tamil hit movie Iruvar, and in the same year she was introduced to Bollywood in Rahul Rawail’s directorial venture, Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya. In her more than a decade-long career she came out with hits like Devdas, Dhoom 2, Guru and Jodhaa Akbar.

In 2007, when she was the reigning star, Ash announced her engagement to co-star Abhishek Bachchan. On April 20 of the same year, they tied the knot amidst a lot of media frenzy.

Raveena Tandon, a friend and co-actor, says having a happy family was her long cherished dream. “I remember us travelling together on flights, going for concerts, chatting long hours away, then too she dreamed of a happy settled family life,” says Tandon.

American talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has praised Aishwarya and Abhishek, by saying, “The movie star couple is more famous than anybody else in the world – even more than Brad and Angelina.”

In 2009, Winfrey had invited both Abhishek and Aishwarya on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and said, “India’s Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan have five billion fans around the globe! They are the superstars of Bollywood.”

In between her career, she has won many honours and titles – Britain’s Hello! magazine voted her as the most attractive woman of 2003. In the same year, she appeared on Rolling Stone magazine’s annual “Hot List”. In 2008, US TV channel E! Entertainment listed Aishwarya’s eyes as the sexiest on their Sexiest Body Parts list.

On the home front, Ash was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, in 2009. Currently Aishwarya is shooting for Madhur Bhandarkar’s film, Heroine.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 12:25AM

    Bollywood crap. Find something else to fill in space. There are other much more important issues that need to be highlighted,Recommend

  • sara
    Jun 27, 2011 - 1:00AM

    if so natasha…why r u in the gossip section do tell me. theres a reason this column is called gossip aint it!Recommend

    Jun 27, 2011 - 1:50AM

    shocking news again from bachchan family rummours are very much spread in past is it right this time Recommend

  • sherry
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:33AM

    who cares????Recommend

  • DJ
    Jun 27, 2011 - 5:31AM

    @sherry: apparently, you. coz you even took the time to read this article. you can’t stop people from making a news out of this so if you have a problem with it, just don’t read it or change the channel or something. Recommend

  • N.S
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:43AM

    you all care thats why you read and comment on it…

  • cosmo
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:45AM

    @Natasha Suleman:
    show some modesty, end of the days its Pakistanis who always raise the Bollywood banner higher than the Indians. Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 9:17AM

    shocking news again from bachchan family rummours are very much spread Recommend

  • shriya
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:22AM

    oh i cant believe ash is gotten into this dissapointing problem…………
    motherhood for her is like a stone avoid her to get to the top steps
    if i were ash i absoloutly have an abortionRecommend

  • muhammad naveed
    Jun 27, 2011 - 12:49PM

    i hope she continues working after becoming a mother.She should set a good example for other girls to become working mothers instead of rotting away at homes and becoming baby producing factories only.Recommend

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 2:06PM


    Im not one of those Pakistanis so in all modesty, my comment is justified.


    To drop a comment, asking them to get into serious stuff instead of bollywood pregnancies. But I guess people like you are the reason why some deserving people dont get media attention. Enjoy reading crap.Recommend

  • Khalid Ahmed
    Jun 27, 2011 - 2:15PM

    @Natasha Suleman

    Let’s find out who’s more obsessed with Bollywood –

  • Ashok
    Jun 27, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Man there are some strange comments here – a more appropriate set of comments would be congratulatory and heartfelt in nature. Khaled Ahmed – good catch.

    To the couple, best wishes.Recommend

  • sara
    Jun 28, 2011 - 10:43AM


    the gossip column is on the back pages of the paper for a REASON. it is appropriately titled as gossip, which in urdu u would call “masala” news…u have a problem, dont go there simple as that. damn the hypocrites in this nation. if its nots important to yr life, why r u in the gossip section, coming here, reading the news first and then commenting on it? if u yrself werent interested, u shud have stayed out of this section, simple as that – its not meant for ppl like u in the first place.

    “be the change you want to see in the world” ;)Recommend

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