It’s Jazbaa! It’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

She’s the stuff dream and fairy tales are made of. A flawless beauty and angelic smile, her peachy grey-green eyes that would make anyone fall for. Like many, I had a huge crush on Aishwarya Rai. The tall girl who brought India to a stop as she walked gracefully to become Miss World. It was in 1994.

Aishwarya hit the marquee in 1998 with Aur Pyar Ho Gaya, her debut film, that didn’t earn her critical praise and the movie tanked at the box office. Yet, the flick showcased her beauty and flawless skin as she traipsed on the silver screen. As she grew as an actor, she gave notable performances in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Raincoat, Devdas, Guru, Guzaarish, Jodha Akbar and Taal. A director’s actor, she’s all the way and someone who understands her completely can extract the best like Mani Ratnam and Sanjay Leela Bhansali did, pushing her to extreme level. How I love the songs in Jeans, HDDCS and Guru!

The most beautiful woman on earth, she is someone who was at the end of unfair criticism, be it her first outing at Cannes and post baby weight. It’s extremely sad how they didn’t spare her and we all know how natural it is for someone who just delivered a baby to put weight but she gave a tight slap to her critics in her future outings at Cannes where she won hearts. What I love with Aishwarya is how she maintained a dignified silence whether the time she was at the receiving end or one of her relationships that made the media go crazy.

Somehow, I liked her in Rishi Kapoor’s Aa Ab Laut Chalen where she was restrained and acted decently. There are many who say that Aish is cold as a person and it’s something that I wouldn’t agree to since we don’t know her personally. Anyway, here the aim is not to decode Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as person and celebrity. I remember seeing her with Abhishek at the airport and at that time, they were co-stars during Kuch Na Kaho shoot. She was dressed in blue denims and a white long sleeve shirt. I didn’t recognize her at that time and was standing with friends saying, “I think I know this girl..she must be taking tuition with me.” I was laughed at and failing to recognize Aishwarya Rai. The time I gathered myself, her image kept playing in the mind and patting the silly me on the head. She is someone who emerges in a crowd not just because she is an actor but the persona, charm and dignity. I mean, you can be besotted with her charm.

I remember the time she was getting married to Abhishek and was in Mumbai where the TV crew stationed in front of the Bachchan household and Aish residence La Mer at Bandra. It created a frenzy of sort and everyone was going crazy. I recall Prahlad Kakkar, famous ad guru who spoke on Aish, her innocence and equal ease in front of the camera.

Today, Jazbaa is releasing and can’t wait to watch the woman many have worshipped on screen. Guys like me who would go crazy on hearing her name. From Aishwarya Rai to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the B-Bahu whom we all loved in Sarkar 2 with husband Abhishek and father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan. I don’t give a damn about critics on Aishwarya or Jazbaa but dying to watch her perform and see how much she changed. There are expectations because she is Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan and she gonna rock but, may be, not like the earlier days but to re-define herself as an actor.

There were whispers that the time she was pursuing architecture at Wilson College in South Mumbai and dabbling at modelling, guys would stand at the gate just to get a glimpse of Aishwarya Rai. 


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