I wonder how I lived before Aaradhya was born, Aishwarya


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a hands-on mom, her day starts and ends with her four-year-old daughter Aaradhya. Despite remaining in such a high position, she has not hired any nannies or nurses for her daughter, she is single-handedly looking after all the needs of her daughter since she was born. In an exclusive interview with ‘Firstpost’, the former beauty queen and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gets candid about her daughter and movies.

Speaking about her connection with her daughter, Ash said, “Aaradhya and I have a soul connect. My day begins and ends with her. From the moment I wake up my entire perspective on the day is centred on her. Her constant presence in my life is not even something I consciously think about it. It’s just there! And I wonder how I lived before she was born. Only a parent would understand how I feel”.

Aishwarya said that she started to see the world in a new way after Aaradhya came to her life, "Possibly. Though I know many fathers who are equally devoted to their children. I can only speak for myself. To me my world changed the day Aaradhya was born. Everything is the same around me. But she has changed the way I look at the world. The world that I now occupy with my daughter is my reality. Everything else is a secondary”.

When asked is Aaradhya feels bit uncomfortable with all the attentions she is getting, “What is really assuring is that she has incredible resilience, by God’s grace. She has seen this (public attention) from infancy. When faced with crowds she becomes very silent and observant, as though taking it all in. Yes, she clings to me in public because there are people screaming and jostling. In fact I get more nervous when I am in crowds with her than she”., Ash quips.

Aishwarya said that Aaradhya is a part of her multi-tasking life, “I take her with me everywhere so she is a part of my multi-tasking life. I keep it as real for her as possible, and very normal. Now she is in school like any normal girl. But even when she was a toddler I’d take her to the play-park to be with other children. It becomes difficult in Mumbai. But when I’m travelling I take her out to the park . Even there, there are people who recognize us. But they are normal parents and children. Aaradhya has to have a normal life. I’ve explained to her that is my life and now she’s part of it. So she’s comfortable in it”.

Aishwarya makes her daughter understands that camera, locations, sets are family’s reality, “I worked on it. I had to train Aaradhya to understand that the sets, locations and camera are the family’s reality. With my first film after comeback it helped that the director was a father of two children. The locations were worked out so that Aaradhaya didn’t have to miss school”, she concludes.