Since the time she came on Indian television Aishwarya Rai has been a beautiful, mysterious fantasy everyone wants to know more about. In 1994, Aishwarya won the Miss World pageant title in South Africa and embarked upon an illustrious career. The Indian audience had never quite seen anyone like her on screen before. Various Bollywood news publications and portals have tried to describe her beauty with million adjectives. But, none have come close to describing it.
Along with fame comes scrutiny, and from the recipient’s point of view, a fair amount of intrusion. The actress has always been privy about her life outside sets and screens. But, that has never stopped celebrity gossip sites to talk about her incessantly. To be fair, Aishwarya Rai, albeit unintentionally, has given the media enough reasons to whisper and shout. Her relationship with Salman Khan in her younger days made celebrity news for a long time. In fact, it still does!
Aishwarya Rai has emerged to be a role model for the younger India (and world!). When the actress kissed Hrithik Roshan in a scene in Dhoom 2 there were repercussions. She received legal notices from her fans. The notice spoke about how young women in India look up to her, and that she should be more careful about her screen presence. While Aishwarya is a prolific professional, who has built an empire for herself, and in that sense an extremely intelligent woman, is she really a good role model? She claimed her fame with a beauty pageant, one that is founded on the belief that a woman must look a certain way to be crowned. She left her education half way to pursue modeling. Would an average Indian set of parents want their daughter to be a beauty pageant winner or leave her studies to become a model?
We can, however, encourage them to be as ambitious as her. If Aishwarya Rai has taught anything, it is that anyone can achieve what they want to, if they put their mind and hard work into it. Her reticence teaches us a lot too. Aishwarya has never been one to explain herself to the world through the media. By her actions, the actress has never wanted validation or attention. Instead, she worked. She acted in films, modeled for brands and became an active part of philanthropy in India. These are sides to Aishwarya that is hardly written about. A woman of strong character trivialized to the dresses she wears and the lip colour she uses.
Aishwarya Rai has been celebrity news portal’s favorite since forever. The 42-year-old was on the receiving end of savage comments from critics and fans about her weight and body, right after she delivered. The actress dusted all that off her shoulder like dust and continued to work, while taking care of her daughter Aaradhya mostly by herself. She is truly a superwoman in that sense!