Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turned 49 years old today. An actress, the Miss World 1994 pageant winner, the wife of actor Abhishek Bachchan, and the daughter-in-law of Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan Aishwarya asses every role she takes. On Aishwarya’s special day, let’s look back at what the Bachchans have said about her in the past.
Jaya Bachchan and Hema Malini met on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan in 2007, just before Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai’s wedding. As a surprise, Shweta Bachchan and Esha Deol also appeared on the show.
On the show, Karan Johar first said, “Now you’ll be sharing some of the issues with your daughter-in-law. There will be Ash, who will come and take some of the burden off your shoulders.” To which Jaya Bachchan replied, “Hopefully. I am hoping that she will take a lot more than just some.” KJo cut in and said, “So you want to give her lots more?” Shweta answered, “Don’t do that mom. It’s scary and intimidating,” to which Jaya answered, “What rubbish.” Shweta added, “Slowly ease her into it.” Karan explained, “The Bachchan way of life?” While Jaya agreed, Shweta said, “It’s not that hard.”
Jaya Bachchan praised Aishwarya and spoke about her qualities in the same episode.
Talking about his wife previously Abhishek had shared, “Credit has to be given entirely to the girls. I have very little to do with it. I think what works also is that Maa and her are very close. They talk about everything and I really feel that Maa has very easily moved into the space of being her confidant in the house. I am pretty sure when a woman first comes into her husband’s house, she feels a bit out of place, evidently, and obviously. And I think the only person who can truly fill that void is her mother-in-law because she too, knew what it was like to do that. And I really think Maa has done that.”
Amitabh Bachchan spoke extensively about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and the new member of the Bachchan family when Aaradhya Bachchan was born in 2011.
Amitabh then spoke to the media about Aishwarya’s birth and how his daughter-in-law refused to take pain relievers during her labour. “We went there on the 14th night. The doctors had told us that the baby could arrive anytime now. On the 16th morning, she delivered the baby. This was a normal delivery even though these days people opt for C-section and other things. But Aishwarya wanted a normal delivery. She had to struggle but I commend her that she was in acute labour for a long time, almost 2-3 hours. But she persisted, said she wanted a normal delivery. She did not use any epidural or painkiller,” Big B had told the media.
Shweta Bachchan during an interview with Karan Johar on his chat show, also revealed what she likes, dislikes, and tolerates about Aishwarya.
“She is a self-made, strong woman and a fantastic mother,” Shweta said about Aishwarya, as she praised her for her dedication and hard work. Shweta said she “tolerates” Aishwarya’s time management but hates that the actor “takes forever to return calls and messages.”