by Hans Johnson
Eyebrows were raised recently over Jessica Simpson’s weight gain during her pregnancy. But that’s nothing compared to the uproar this Spring because Bollywood mega-star Ashwariya Rai Bachchan had kept much of the weight since the birth of her daughter Aaradhya last November. One YouTube video featured a photo montage accompanied by the sound of a trumpeting elephant.
The former Miss World 1994, known for her talent in both classical and modern dance, was arguably the top leading lady (“heroine”) of Indian cinema when she was profiled by CBS’s 60 Minutes in 2005 as perhaps “The Most Beautiful Woman In The World.” Her fame only grew when she married into the Bachchan family. Father-in-law Amitabh is the star emeritus of Bollywood (Fred Astaire and Jack Nicholson rolled into one). Husband Abhishek is one of the major leading men (“heroes”).
Having been compared unfavorably to celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, who quickly lost weight after giving birth, Mrs. Bachchan finally spoke her mind about the controversy.
However, looking good is the best revenge. She has slimmed down and made a splash at Cannes.