On our first anniversary, we take a look at the some of the best remarks Bollywood stars have received on our website
BollywoodLife.com has completed a year, and we, the team members, have had lots of fun working on the site – apart from the hard work, of course :-). Not only did we generate some exclusive content, but also a few stories churned out from the best or funniest comments we received for some stars. Mind you, funny comments don’t mean the abusive or inappropriate ones – those are moderated. We are just reproducing some remarks that we felt were original in some way – not necessarily the mindless words of fans who had blindly fallen in love with Bollywood stars. Read on and figure out if these comments are interesting. And of course, punch in some of your observations at the end of the story, if you will. Have fun!
– Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s weight gain: When India’s Sweetheart Aishwarya Rai bats an eyelid, the entire country comes to know. So imagine what happens when she gets married, has a baby and – not funny – puts on oodles of weight! The media went berserk sharing pictures of Aishwarya’s ‘aunty’ look at her every outing post delivery. This reportage was consumed by all, but the janta accused journalists of being unkind to Ash, saying she cannot look pretty and plastic all the time. Fans or no fans, most people agree with the former Miss World when says she doesn’t want to look like a mannequin and instead wants to enjoy motherhood. Sample some of the comments below, produced verbatim:
SOJ posted at 12:10 PM on May 2, 2012:
“Wealth and Health(Beauty) are not permanent features of life. Our birth, our look and our growth aging is not in our control. Todays beauty can be tomorows Ugly and todays billionier can be tomorows begger. Every body must accept the truth.”
Isha posted at 9:43 AM on May 3, 2012:
“It’s easy to sit behind a computer monitor and criticize someone’s appearance…over and over.
It takes the average woman over a year to lose baby weight and she’s been at it what…not even six months. If she’s up with the little one at night and doting over the little one like most new moms do, she may not be making herself a priority. And what’s so wrong with that? Why can’t she take some time to enjoy motherhood if that is her choice and get back to working later on?
I’m sure the millions upon millions she made as the highest paid actress in Bollywood weren’t just granted to her. Clearly, she must be quite motivated and ambitious so that when and if she wants to lose the weight, she surely will. Quite frankly an Ash at 200 lbs will probably still be more beautiful than half of the women you’ll meet in your lifetime.
It’s quite hypocritical of us as a society, and you as the media, to sit here and judge her so harshly on her appearance while simultaneously telling young girls not to obsess over skin color, weight, appearance etc. That inner beauty is what’s important and they shouldn’t feel insecure because what makes them different is what makes them beautiful. Even if they are public figures and celebrities, BELIEVE YOU ME, they are human.
As far as the last point of your article, that the only reason you post so much about it is because people are reading it…it doesn’t mean people like what you have to say or are they enjoying it!! They can be reading it to find themselves repulsed by the judgment and unrealistic pressure and expectations you, as the media, are putting on women. Moreover, you say don’t ask for the news and expect you not to tell it like it is. That statement would mean that your on this is objective while in fact this is your opinion and subjective take of the situation. That should be obvious to any writer. In fact, if the overall sentiment of your readership is that you are being too harsh, then perhaps you should respect the opinion of your readers and take that to heart instead of blaming them for your insensitivity and interpreting the # of hits as further encouragement to abuse. It’s basically internet bullying.
How about this for an idea, post photos of all of your staff and writers (as the media you do have a “pubic persona” in a way, and by your terms should be fair game for judgement) and us readers can post our opinions on you? Who knows, maybe you all are models and have nothing to feel insecure about. Better yet, we can have a poll on “most beautiful” with all of your photos vs. present day Ash.
And FYI, this is coming from someone who is not a fan of Ash whatsoever. She’s not even on my top 100 of favorite celebs. Nor have I ever had a baby and had the dilemma of losing the weight. I’m just speaking as a human being and a young woman who doesn’t appreciate the effects of bashing people’s looks, especially the looks of someone who is a new mom which, in itself is the hardest job in the world. Perhaps you should think about what you’re telling young women who read your site? What effect are you having on their self esteem?”
naaz posted at 12:23 AM on May 4, 2012:
“Again a very disgraceful article from bollywoodlife.com!!!
I am not an Aishwarya fan, neither am I a mother and nor do I have any weight issues. But just as a woman and a human being I feel so bad when I come across such humiliating aricles.
And believe me nobody wants to read this. Everytime I check this website to get my regular bollywood updates, i come across articles about Aishwaryas weight issues. The only reason i read these articles is to see how far you have lowered yourself each time to disgrace and humiliate this new mother. I have never ever commented on any article on this website, but this time i feel forced to raise up my voice.
Have you ever given a thought to the idea that Aishwarya could be suffereing from a serious medical condition, such as diabetes or hypertension as a result of her pregnancy. Sometimes women who gain wight during or after their pregnancy have an underlying medical condition. This can make it very difficult for them to loose weight in a short time span. Have you ever thought how painfull this can be for Aish if she would read all this rubbish. Remember, at the end of the day she is also just a human being, and is bound to change with time and during certain circumstances.
Agreed Aishwarys has to fullfill her previous commitments, and has to go out in the public. But remember these are her PREVIOUS commitments. At that time when she made those commitments she could not have guessed what her health would be like in future. I am sure she is aware of the fact that she is in the spotlight and always has to look good, and I am sure she must be trying to loose weight. Maybe she is just having a difficult time for some serious reason.
But currently she is not working in movies neither is she modelling, where she would need to look her best. So you dont need to worry, because she is not forcing you to watch and criticize her. And when she will return to the limelight, Aishwarya will surely look her best again.
Finally I am sure there are million of woman for who Aishwarya has become an idol after gaining those extra few kilos. If Aishwarya who is an ex-miss world (no matter whatever u think of her she will always be remembered as a beauty queen) can gain weight, there is nothing wrong with all the women and mothers who dont have the perfect model figures.
AISHWARYA IF U READ THIS, jus want to say YOU LOOK AS BEAUTIFULL AS EVER.”
Anonymous posted on 2012/05/04 at 2:37 AM:
“What I don’t understand is BEFORE she was criticized for being too perfect, fake, “plastic.” Now that she has shown you how real she can be and this is her at the realest I’ve seen her, how could you criticize her for not looking like she did before? Make up your mind! What do you want from her? And to be honest this picture is just taken from a bad angle she’s looking down scrunching her face probably unaware that she was being photographed and her looking down is giving a false appearance of a double chin. But even if she has a double chin why does it matter she’s on leave. She’s not working. And Lo’real and her other endorsements like Longines seem to have no problem with her weight.”
Srinivasan posted at 1:35 PM on May 7, 2012:
“Aishwarya Rai is a mother and head of a family. She is just living her life, performing her duties. And if that makes her look like a normal human being, so be it. She has no obligation present her sexy self every day to the starved Indian male as a fantasy aid. Especially not to journalists covering Bollywood. She has moved on; obviously you can’t.”
This comment, we thought, was mean:
hingoo posted at 3:23 AM on May 9, 2012:
“wot a fatty. she should lose the weight. she’s ruin the red carpet at cannes. the FATTY. She should be called Fatwariya Rai Bachan”.
There were lots of sentimental comments on stories talking about Aishwarya and Abhishek’s baby daughter Aaradhya, suggesting names for her and wishing her well. You could read some of them here.