But on Thursday (November 1, Aishwarya’s birthday), the photographers finally had their way. As mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was presented the prestigious French civilian honour — the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres — at a suburban hotel, Aaradhya managed to get a lion’s share of the attention. Abhi-Ash’s daughter will turn a year old on November 15.
The evening started out all prim and propah as everyone, including Amitabh, Abhishek and the Rai family, took their seats. But it was evidently all too formal for the young Ms Bachchan who decided to throw a fit. Though Abhishek played the doting dad, Aaradhya was not impressed when her mother left her to go up on the stage and receive the award. She bawled so hard that the ceremony had to stop till she was carried out of the venue by her daddy.
A little later, HT Café made Aaradhya’s acquaintance in the next room as she played with her toys, too busy to be interested in strangers. Her resemblance to her papa is marked: she’s already a tall baby for her age, with long fingers and her father’s sharp nose. And if her attire is anything go by, we reckon that as she grows up, she’ll get a fair share of her mother and grandfather Amitabh’s sense of style.