Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s iconic status never comes in the way of her duties as a mother, a wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law – in that order. She says she has tried to keep the atmosphere around her daughter Aaradhya "as normal as possible".
Just how she manages to fulfil all her responsibilities and still finds time to be one of India's most recognised celebrities, is a mystery. Not to the lady herself, though.
"It's something I've grown up with. From the time I was 18, I've been juggling with many responsibilities. My day begins at 5.30 am. It has been that way from the time I can remember. Of course, after Aaradhya my priorities have changed completely. She comes first, everything else is secondary," Aishwarya said.
"Do you know when Aaradhya saw her mother's film for the first time? I mean, she had of course seen me on television and doing songs. But Fanney Khan is my first one she actually sat through entirely," she added.
And what did Aaradhya think of her performance?
"I think her smiling eyes said it all. She had actually seen me shoot a part of my song in Fanney Khan, so when she heard there was a screening; she expressed a wish to see the film with all her friends and their parents. So all her friends came with their parents and had a good time.
I was happy to let Fanney Khan be the first film Aaradhya watched. It has a positive message for viewers of all ages and there's nothing in it that children cannot watch. In any case, Aaradhya is constantly singing and dancing at home, sometimes to my songs, sometimes to her father's and her grandfather's songs. It's a normal household. We're trying to keep the atmosphere around Aaradhya as normal as possible."
Aishwarya is not one of those star moms whose child is seen more with the nanny than the mother.
Laughing at the observation, Aishwarya said, "Aaradhya does have a nanny. In fact, I am told I should have two of them because the one that I have tends to take off on long holidays. But it doesn't really matter. I like doing everything for Aaradhya myself, though with my kind of schedules it is not always possible to do so."
But Aishwarya's mother helps out, too. The actress and former beauty queen said she grew up in an atmosphere where her mother was always hands-on.
"So it never even occurred to me that it could be otherwise."
Managing her sprawling career and her domestic responsibilities is not easy.
"Every homemaker who is a working woman is a hero. It requires a lot of juggling with time. And a supportive husband, which I luckily have."
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