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Aishwarya Rai in a Sabyasachi creation

Aishwarya Rai in a Sabyasachi creation

This post is actually a follow up of my earlier post written a year ago titled 5 reasons why FAT ASH is having the last laugh

After seeing Aishwarya Rai dazzle at the Cannes red carpet this year, while her co-stars struggled with their designer attires and went horribly wrong with their accessories and hairdos, I come up with five more reasons why the 39-year-old star will always be a class apart in Bollywood and in our hearts.

Reason 1: She got the best out of star designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee

The names Vidya Balan and Sabyasachi Mukherjee are nowadays inseparable. While the latter re-invented her sense of style, Vidya, as she has gone up the ladder of success, has given the designer more free advertising than he could ever have hoped for. But Vidya’s Sabyasachi clothes were more criticized than lauded at Cannes this year. On the other hand with a gold and black saree designed by Sabyasachi, Aishwarya turned all heads at the same festival. In fact, I will be not surprised if the designer kept away (in a secret cupboard lest Vidya sees it) his best creation for her. After all it’s an honour to dress up Aishwarya Rai.

Reason 2: She’s shifted all her baby weight

After last year’s Cannes appearance there was more talk about Aishwarya’s still-sticking mummy fat than anything else. But Ash was rightly more concerned about her own health than wagging tongues. In a year’s time she has silenced her critics by losing all her post-childbirth weight and looking as gorgeous as ever. Now from being a role model to aspiring actresses and models she has become one to aspiring mothers too. Her simple message: Be yourself!

Aishwarya with daughter Aradhya at her hotel balcony in Cannes

Aishwarya with daughter Aradhya at her hotel balcony in Cannes

Reason 3: She has re-written the working mom role

Whenever Aishwarya is travelling she always has her daughter Aradhya with her. She has proved that you can have your child around and still be working and balancing both. She has been apparently checking on Aradhya at her hotel room in between photoshoots and interviews at Cannes. By being both full-time mom and a working mom she’s shown that it is possible to work your schedule around your priorities.

Reason 4: 39 is no big deal

In an industry where actresses are written off when they are hitting 30 Aishwarya Rai has proved to be an exception. She has not only delivered hits post-30 and post-marriage, she has proved that a woman can be pushing 40 and still be the centre of all attention. No wonder all the younger stars (read: Sonam Kapoor, Mallika Sherawat and even Vidya Balan, did anyone say Freida Pinto?) were pushed aside when Aishwarya took centre stage. Then there was only talk of her black saree, her lacy gown her mermaid skirt….

Reason 5: Cannes will be incomplete without Ash Rai

Let’s face it. Every year fresh new faces from Bollywood walk the Cannes red carpet but Aishwarya Rai is our pièce de résistance. The media and the public alike wait (with bated breath should I say?) for the appearance of Aishwarya Rai on the red carpet. Wonder who could take her place from Bollywood if one fine day she misses her appearance at Cannes. In my opinion, NO ONE!

A full view of the saree created by Sabyasachi

A full view of the saree created by Sabyasachi

I have never been overtly fond of Aishwarya Rai, neither did I think too much about her acting capabilities till Provoked and Jodhaa Akbar happened. As a Bollywood writer I have criticized her fairly often but right now all I can say is I really appreciate Aishwarya Rai Bachchan not only for her new rotund frame but also the way she has proved a point with her post-baby fat. I like the fact that she has refused to bow down to showbiz perceptions of the perfect body. While critics continue to talk about her double chin I think she is the one who is having the last laugh. I give five reasons why…

Reason 1: Despite piling on the pounds she still takes home a fat paycheck

Post-childbirth I haven’t seen a single article or interview of Aishwarya Rai where her bloated frame has not been criticized, questioned or discussed. But she couldn’t care less. She continues to be the L’Oreal ambassador, walks the red carpet at Cannes, gets invited to high profile events like the Dubai World Cup and the Bulgari Hotel inauguration in London and takes a fat paycheck home.

Reason 2: She has proved fat is still beautiful (no matter what Kareena says)

Critisizing, yes, but ignoring her, no way – that’s the media mantra at the moment. So here is Ash gracing the front pages of every newspaper and plenty of magazines showing off her new-found wardrobe.

Reason 3: She has her priorities in place

While most Hollywood and now even Bollywood stars beat their body back to shape following a strict regime in the gym just after childbirth, not once even bothering if that’s the healthy way of doing things, Aishwarya Rai has made her point very clear. Being healthy for herself and her daughter is her priority. That sends a great message to all those mothers out there who are often depressed about their weight gain.

Reason 4: She is a better cultural ambassador for India than ever before

She is more often in Indian clothes these days than in western. So that’s a great opportunity for Indian designers to showcase yet again that it’s possible to hide the bulges and accentuate beauty in Indian clothes. I would any day vote for the Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla attire that she wore at Cannes than the Elie Saab gown.

Reason 5: She’s been there and done that

Aishwarya Rai has achieved all that (and actually more than) a woman can achieve in a lifetime. Now that she has been blessed with motherhood she is mature enough to realise that the joys of motherhood are far more than worrying over weight gain. Remember the continuous media speculation about a possible pregnancy for five long years? Now that she is finally a mother the new issue is her weight. If you are Ash Rai, the issues continue perpetually. The diva probably revels in that.