Actors may love being in the spotlight most of the time, but a lot of them are fairly protective when it comes to their kids getting caught in incessant media glare. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is no exception.
Recently, at the Mumbai airport, Aishwarya’s four-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, visibly jet-lagged after a long flight, threw a tantrum after facing the paparazzi’s cameras flash non-stop, and refused to walk.
Aishwarya, of course, put on a smiling face and tried to cajole Aaradhya to walk, but the child refused to budge. Finally, when everything else failed, Ash picked her daughter up and whisked her away to the car. The actor later told us that although she is cool when it comes to photographers doing their job, it does sometimes gets too much for her four-year-old.
“At one point when we were walking, she was in a great mood, even as people clicked pictures. She was laughing and saying something funny. But, when people started caving in, I had to pick her up because she is too tiny to handle all that. I had to steer my way through the crowd. It is just a protective instinct, I keep her close.
“Journalists can, of course, take photos. These are people we know and we are all from the industry, I know how it works. Sometimes, they don’t mean to scare the child but in the ruckus, they start screaming and shouting. All this can be a little too much for the child,” Aishwarya said.
“Aaradhya has seen it (the limelight) since birth and I would like to think she is used to it. But when Aaradhya saw these people (photographers) coming, she just wanted to stop in her tracks and squatted on the floor. I knew it was time for me to pick her up. I just wanted everyone to be safe, including my child,” she explained.
In fact, Ash says that despite facing the glare for over three decades, her mother, too, is sometimes caught by the cameras at an inopportune time. “My mother, till date, is often caught making weird faces on camera. She has been facing the media with me for years but when you get thronged by this sea of people, reactions tend to be weird. It is natural of me to protect her.”
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