Posted Fri, September 7, 2012 3:10pm IST

Barely two months after being spotted with her baby daughter Aaradhya and carrying a lot more weight than we thought possible, Aishwarya has done an ad shoot for a jewellery brand. The former Miss World looks impossibly slim in the pictures. Has Ash really shed those mega-extra pounds, or is she keeping mum about the quick techniques film stars opt for just to look trim and absolutely wrinkle-free? Will Ash ever speak openly about her secrets to looking younger, super-svelte and picture-perfect?

She was the most beautiful woman on the planet and now she’s the most beautiful mother in the world. But her generous girth made headlines after Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ballooned even more post-delivery. So when we spotted the Bachchan bahu endorsing a jewellery brand, we had to rub our eyes in utter disbelief. We were stunned to see the magical transformation of the 38-year-old gol Bachchan. Here’s Ash with all that nasty cellulite totally melted away. Her skin is taut and face stretched slender. But we need to know: Has Ash really lost weight, or is she hiding behind the most obvious and yet the least-talked-about technique to make her starry comeback?

The answer to that one may possibly lie in the recent confession made by another Bollywood diva, Kareena Kapoor. The Heroine actor is making waves for her latest item song Halkat jawaani, in which she looks ultra-sexy and pencil-thin. But when we saw the poster of Bebo’s sizzling number, it took our breath away, for the Kapoor gal looks even thinner in it. Has Kareena really reacquired her once notorious size-zero frame? “I don’t think I’m so slim. I’d definitely go back to the hotel and check out if it’s really my body. That picture does look photo-shopped. Every picture for every film, every ad, every news print, does get photoshopped. It is a business, photoshop…..Everyone is doing it today,” confessed Kareena at a press conference in Dubai.

Oh, so Photoshop it is that simply makes those already gorgeous stars absolutely flawless and divine! And we must thank Kareena for her candid admission. Very few actors openly admit to that secret. In the past too many Bollywood beauties have resorted to the technique to straighten a nose or to conceal an unwanted acne eruption. From Hema Malini to Rekha and from Madhuri Dixit to Sridevi, everyone has opted for the famous photography trick to hide flaws. And now airbrushing and photoshop techniques have made things even easier for the young B-town starlet when it comes to gracing fashion glossies and appearing in print advertisements.

There’s nothing wrong with using technology to put your best foot forward, wethinks. But how many B-town divas have the guts to state the reality (read: real picture) as it is, a la Kareena? Many just choose to keep their lips sealed…like Aishwarya. Right, BollywoodLifers?

Photos: Kalyan Jewellers