Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
Thank you for the A2A.
I have been hearing this comment about her right from 1994 when she won the runner-up spot at the Miss India Pageant and went on to be Miss World. I don’t particularly fancy her but I don’t dislike her either.
She is said to have a ‘dazzling smile’ with a near perfect set of teeth…but if you notice, her smile does not reach her eyes on most occasions. It ‘looks’ put on, doesn’t it?
I don’t blame her for it, though. All said and done, she was a professional model. They are trained to have complete control over their facial expressions. And from what I have read in cinema magazines, Aishwarya is one of the most professional artistes in Bollywood. She is a director’s dream. She will deliver exactly what the director expects her to – nothing more, nothing less. So if she can do a ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and a ‘Raincoat’ and a ‘Provoked’, she can also do a ‘Josh’ and an ‘Action Replayy’ as well.
But have you seen her when she is clicked without knowledge…when she isn’t actually posing for the camera or when she is in the company of loved ones? She’s as real as you or me.
She’s a caring daughter, a loving wife and a doting mother. But when she dons the greasepaint, it’s like she puts on a mask. Like how regular people wear their work clothes. That’s all.
Being touted as a visually ‘perfect woman’ also came with a pretty price. Not only was she externally beautiful, but she was intelligent too. She was studying to be an architect when the lure of the arc-lights took her away from her studies. Aishwarya’s personal life has never been left alone by the paparazzi. Her every move, every life decision was studied, analyzed and discussed in great detail. It was like people were constantly searching for imperfections in this seemingly ‘perfect’ woman. And such a perfect woman just cannot exist as per the notions of society. She just HAD to have some flaw somewhere.
When she entered into romantic relationships, people finally found what they were looking for and talked of how she was ‘using’ established stars to move up the professional ladder. When she broke up with them, she was blamed for it as well. Because these were things that could not be proved. Everything was based on speculation. Who was at fault? Who crossed the limits? Who hurt whom? We will always have two sides to every story.
When she finally found love and announced her marriage, people said she was running after the surname by marrying a not-so-successful actor with a surname that was largely representative of Bollywood the world over. Nobody seemed to care if indeed she did really fall in love. That was ‘immaterial’. Here was finally something we could hate her for. And so we’ll hate her for it.
And trust me, she’s not the only one to go through this. Several celebrities the world over who come across as ‘too perfect’ are attacked and hated on. Perfect examples are Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman, among others.
These are people who annoy people for no actual reason. About the reason why people hate Anne Hathaway so much, one Quoran famously said…
I suspect it’s because the volume of accolades, awards, and fame shes received are unusually high for even a top actress her age . . . She’s an example of god giving with both hands and therefore violates our innate expectation of a fair universe: something must be wrong with that stuck-up bitch!
So that’s all people need to hate on a person who is actually so pretty and so talented. Being in an already excessively vociferous society like India, somebody like Aishwarya Rai Bachhan doesn’t stand a chance escaping the hate. But I don’t see it affecting her much. It’s more like a dogs barking at the moon situation ^_^