Why are we obsessed with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s weight?

Wed, May 2, 2012 10:53am UTC by 28 Comments
Why are we obsessed with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s weight?

While we at Bollywoodlife may personally believe our interest to be intrusive, we need to keep in mind what our readers want. And they do want to know more about Ash and the shape she is in…

For a while now we have been talking about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her figure. For a while now we have been critically watching her bloom – literally – and become almost unrecognisable, especially when we think back to the lissome lass we first saw on the Miss India pageant stage, then the pretty young thing we watched onscreen in films like Iruvar and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and, of course, the beautiful bride we glimpsed in the few contraband photos we managed to sneak a peek at from her great big Indian wedding to Abhishek Bachchan. It was at Cannes last year that the former Miss World started looking as if she had been eating too many laddoos and while everyone suspected that Baby Bachchan was on its way, she hotly denied it, even shooting for Heroine…and we all know how that story ended, for sure!

Of course, a much-awaited pregnancy and the birth of Beti B followed, and even as we wait for official confirmation (will it ever come?) of the infant’s name to be Aaradhya, we see more – and considerably more than we like, believe you us! – of our lady of the gorgeous eyes and annoying giggle. She has been gradually expanding and now looks far larger (and far less pretty) than we would expect her to, considering that her daughter is five-plus months old. We will not say that if Lara Dutta Bhupati, Tara Sharma Saluja, Celina Jaitley Haag et al can be almost back in pre-baby shape, Ash can too, since everyone has a different body type and hormonal balance, honest, we do not think that at all. But what we do think and will say is that Aishwarya is a star, a celebrity, someone who has plans to get back into the spotlight and is, even now, honouring her professional commitments, so she should, ideally speaking, be ready to face the cameras and give of her best in every image, as far as possible. And looking like she did at a recent party in Mumbai, with many chins and lank hair, is hardly the best she can be, even if it was all about bad camera angles and being unprepared to be caught in the lens-eye.

All this is faithfully captured by our eagle-eyed reporters and photographers, just for you, our many readers. If you were not interested, you would not be looking at the stories, and you are indeed avidly interested, the numbers tell us. So for all of you who insist that we are being unfair when we talk about Ash and the shape she is in, here is a suggestion: Don’t ask us for the news and we will not tell it like it is!

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  • Rosie

    Because she is not anyone. There are many cute celebrities in this world, but to see someone who was once so astonishingly beautiful deteriorate and neglect her health to this degree is shocking. She’s now out of shape and it will be so hard for her to get remotely slim again. It is so sad and shocking.

    • m

      oh, please!! ever heard of plastic surgery. she’ll be fine and back in shape the instant she wants it. maybe she’s pregnant again!!

      • Mona

        I’m surprised at you Indians. You’ve got such a rich culture and tradition and I thought you valued higher ideals that truly dictate the value of a person. What’s happened to you??

  • SOJ

    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.

  • abhi

    fatty ishh

  • usha

    Lets leave her alone, maybe she is going thru some depression, lets not make it worse for her guys!She will get in shape when she is ready.

  • NC

    The reason its shocking because even though she may be going thru depression,or whatever else……in this day and age of stardom, all celebrities are very concerned about their looks. It’s what their career is based on . So, to let it go is just shocking for where and who she is

  • Isha

    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

    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.

  • Lyla Adrianna

    she’s beautiful. period.

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  • nisha

    she is looking beautiful in this look also

  • jesse miranda

    i think she is still beautiful…

  • Ramlah

    Dude you media guys, I mean seriously what is your problem if she is fat or whatever, it is her life, being Ash does not really give any of you the right to poke your nose say that she has become fat.

  • Tia

    Of course Aishwarya owns her body and she can have as much as weight she wants or her body wants.
    But the point is, for the world, Aishwarya is a pretty model/actress whose job has been to look good (I am not going to say she was a great actress as that won’t be right). The movies she did, ads, miss World, TV appearances etc. were based on the fact that she is a pretty woman. For example, we recognize Sachin with cricket and that’s what we want from him. Likewise there are certain public expectations from Aishwarya too. She has a responsibility to fulfill them. If she can’t she has the choice to admit or say that she is taking a long break or retiring or whatever it is. She owes that much to the public. But here she is not saying a word, even not releasing the name of her baby after all these days, but expects people to adore her every time she attends these parties or events! She’s got to respect her fans and people a little more.

    • a person with some common sense

      shut up

    • are you kidding

      How do you know she expects everyone to adore her when she attends parties and events? Are you Aishwarya or do you know her personally? No, so there is no possible way that you can come to that conclusion of what she expects from her fans or people in general. And don’t find excuses for society’s and Hollywood and apparently even Bollywood’s unreal standards/ expectations of beauty. And also the fact that she wasn’t a great actress is just your opinion. Some ppl think she was a great actress in the right movies like Devdas and Hum Dil. Her beauty just overshadows everything she does and people can’t seem to look past it.

  • Linda

    I think the comments they are making about her weight is very rude. Not everyone can drop the weight fast or at all, everyone’s body is different. She is still a beautiful young woman and they need to leave her alone with these nasty comments.

  • G

    You know what, why she is criticized simple. People like to call her ugly and fat because in reality she is beautiful and this is the only time in her life she probably is not living up to her beauty. She is famous because of her beauty. Plain and simple. When that is taken down, albeit for motherhood, people like the fact that she can be like any of us. Normal and plain looking. And they want to punch her to it.

    Why arent other actresses who gained weight got such a bad rep? They werent the most beautiful woman in the world.

    Sorry Ash, you are going through this but in many ways, you can see people are cruel to you because you cannot be called ugly and fat any other time.

  • ..

    What a badly written article! What kind of English is this? A 4 lines long sentence written with so many grammatical mistakes and commas? Not everyone has to be good at English, but a writer…

  • A

    I wonder what salman khan thinks of her right now…?! Lol

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  • saint

    I just want to say sham on you people that has no respect to other peoples feeling u guy’s are trying to change aishwarya’s blessing into your wicked image too bad Aish welcome to motherhood your blessed

  • raghav shah

    that’s what happens when we judge people by their physical looks ! no body notices how ash is preferring her daughter over her vanity ! i don’t think aradhya has a nanny !ash is indeed a beautiful person even from inside!

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  • Day dreamer

    She is still and will always be my dream girl.
    I’m sure she feels self aware of her weight and when
    she is ready she will do something about it.
    In my eyes she is beautiful always, not just the way she
    looks.


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