Personal Quotes

Straight from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan herself.

• ‘’It’s an honour for me to have been present at this place among legends like Balachander and Bharathiraaja and I feel proud about it. I also feel happy that a woman is treated so respectfully at a public function like this’’

• ‘’I have always extended beyond a singular dimension. I haven’t been just a model, actor and title winner. Hence, the course I charted out for my career made me multi-dimensional and gave me several opportunities to represent India on many world platforms.’’

• ‘’We work hard. All of us start with the attitude of striving hard and delivering the best in what we commit to. It is the people who have given us so much love and affection and we feel humbled.’’

• ‘’At that time, it (beauty pageants) was not a stepping stone to make inroads into the film industry. I was declining movie offers. Instead, I took the opportunity to represent India’’

• “Good films are good films regardless of being made in India or abroad. I believe a great story transcends cultural lines and language barriers.”

• ‘’God has given me plenty of reasons to smile and I feel it’s time to spread it around. There are a lot of children out there who so desperately need help, but can’t receive timely care because their families cannot afford this surgery or are ill-educated about this condition.’’

(On being voted the most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood)
• ‘’Wow! Me the most bankable Bollywood star in Hollywood? Thank you! I must confess that any acknowledgment of hard work makes me feel content. In all humility I want to thank all those who feel I’m bankable.’’

• ‘’I consider myself lucky to be born in today’s era where a woman has far more freedom to exercise her rights. It took them ages to get ready for one appearance, and imagine staying behind curtains all day long. ’’

• ’’I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I’ve never said I’d never kiss, or whatever on screen. I’ve always maintained I’d cross that bridge when I come to it. Again, I’m accused of playing it safe. The truth is, I don’t know what tomorrow holds. So I can’t make a close ended principle about it.’’

• “I choose films with characters that I feel are relative to a woman’s growth for me. In The Last Legion, I play a warrior. This was a first for me and it was a fantastic experience. I would like very much to do more action films. As for the right direction, I make my choices and always move forward one step at a time.”

(Upon hearing that Julia Roberts had said that Aishwarya was the most beautiful woman she had ever seen)
• ‘’That was embarrassing; at first I didn’t believe she said that. I thought it was a rumor started by a journalist. But it’s sweet. She’s an incredible actor and she seems like a wonderful person, so all you can do is say, Thank you.’’

• ‘’I am surprised at my life’s turn of events. Six of us were asked to raise the toast for the evening. And I raised it for my parents and for my fans, without whom I wouldn’t have reached where I am today. Nicole Kidman had to rush out for some premiere, but she said that she and her son loved Bride and Prejudice and I told her how I loved all her performances. Sean Penn told me that I spoke well and I told him that I’ve always been his fan!’’

• ‘’I have never deliberately driven attention to the fact that I am working in Hollywood films. I have categorically stated that I am working in different kinds of films, be it British, Hindi, Tamil or Bengali. It’s all about doing films, which are my passion.’’

• ‘’I am just not the birthday bash kind. My day will start with a visit to the Siddhivinayak temple with my family, something I do every year. There will be no loud parties… my birthday is a very private affair. Concidering I have to leave for Dubai tomorrow, it will be over early too. Only family and friends will be there.’’

• ’’It is a very tricky situation when you get the chance to work in English films. I do films based on characters, not to get an entry into Hollywood or whatever. In English, my Bride & Prejudice did well world over. I don’t know how it did in Hindi, but I know Jurassic Park too didn’t do well in Hindi. I was glad audiences worldwide liked an English film that was Indian. When I did Mistress of Spices, I did it for Paul [Mayeda Berges, the director and husband of Gurinder Chadha] as a team. The film found its audiences. When the Provoked script came to me, I felt it was a very important story of an Indian woman based in London who killed her husband because of marital abuse. Kiranjit Ahluwalia made a big impression in England, and so I did this film because I felt it was an important story to be told. Provoked is an important film for many other Kirans in the world.’’

• ‘’My reason for choosing a film is not to impress people. I don’t choose films for the box office.’’

• On her character in _Mistress of Spices (2005)_: “I have related to each character I have performed thus far, including Tilo. I am very sensitive to moods and one’s inward feelings and emotions. I am a true people person and people watcher. I look forward to meeting interesting people and understanding their experiences in life.”

• ‘’The audiences feel I am part of their life so they worry about me. I think that is very sweet of them and I tell them that when I will marry I will announce it. When I get married, you’ll know. I believe in marriage and it is a beautiful institution.’’

• ‘’Playing Umrao Jaan was a demanding emotional journey. When a story takes that course, it is following an entire arc; it goes through all the possible emotions. The process was satisfying, inspiring and challenging. It forced me to deliver the best in every moment.’’

• On her character in Dhoom:2 (2006): “It’s the kind of character I have never essayed before. Sunehiri, my character in the film, is distinctly different from any other character you have seen me play. That’s what makes her exciting to me. For the first time in my life I went through a bit of a fitness regime. Contrary to popular belief, right since modeling, to the (Miss World) title, to films, I have never been a fitness freak or exercised.”

• “J P Dutta is a committed taskmaster. I have danced to songs before. But he always added to choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant’s steps, and that was quite challenging. He would shoot an entire mukhda in one shot. To do all the songs at that level required remaining focused at all times. In that moment, I felt I became Umrao Jaan. It was interesting to deliver a performance that shows her passionate but tragic story. The film is also reflective of the art that was at its zenith in that era. The sex trade was called the performing arts then and not prostitution.”

• “My biggest concern is always the students who are working toward a certain career – when they limit themselves to just that one option. They need to know that the world is huge – it’s an ocean, and there are so many options. It’s not the end of the world if they don’t get to pursue an apparent childhood dream. That’s really important, because you find a lot of kids who believe that they want to become a doctor or an aeronautical engineer or something, and if they don’t manage to make their degree, that’s the end. They feel so defeated, which is very disheartening. It’s sad to know that people let themselves be limited by these aspirations.” (Forbes Magazine, August 25th 2005)

• On why she participated in the Miss World Pageant in 1994: “For me, it went beyond being a beauty queen. For me, it was about being the 20-year-old girl from India on international platform and a lot of people actually would assume that I wasn’t even educated in India because of the way I’d speak. And they’d be like, ‘Have you studied in India? Do you actually speak English out there?’ and, I was like, ‘This is so interesting that so many people know so little about my country.’ and this is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on this little mission in my head.” (Jan 2005, 60 Minutes Interview)

• ‘’For me, as an actor, it’s a special experience to get the opportunity to play Umrao Jaan who has been already iconised on our celluloid. When I played Paro in Devdas, I went through the same area of questioning about how my role will be compared with the ones played earlier.’’

• ‘’Rekha is very inspiring. It is not necessarily relative to just one performance, but her entire career, the span of characters that she has essayed, the performances that she has delivered itself is extremely inspiring. I am inspired by her performance. But I cannot ape her.’’

• ‘’It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.’’

• ‘’Life is a stage, and we are all characters. So play your part and play it well!’’

• “Since our generation speaks English, we are not very fluent in Hindi, leave alone Urdu. I loved those dialogs and the experience to work and know about that era. For me, it was a study of Urdu on the sets under the guidance of JP and Javed saab.”

• “I guess a part of your real self reflects in every role. Because you can’t totally dissociate yourself from the persona and reinvent a totally different personality.”

• “I’ve always been into Hindi films in a big way, watching the old black and white classics, freaking out on Guru Dutt-Waheeda Rehman films, being glued to Amitabh-Rekha movies and listening to the soulful melodies of S.D. Burman, O.P. Nayyar and R. D. Burman.”

• “Normally I don’t pay any heed to the stuff churned out by rumour mills. Who has the time and energy to spend on mindless gossip? But if somebody crosses the limit and turns malicious, I go all out to have the offenders brought to book. I won’t allow anyone to sully my name for their personal benefit, like boosting the sales of a magazine at my expense.”

• “Yes, you’re right. The more you achieve in life, the more susceptible you are to the vagaries of life. But the challenge lies in not letting it all affect you. If you allow the pressures to pull you down, you won’t be able to forge ahead in life. When you’re in the public eye, you must learn to accept the bouquets as well as the brickbats. In a profession like this, you can’t afford to be highstrung. You’ve got to take the highs and lows in your stride. Anyway, from the look of it, I don’t see any reason to complain about. I have the plum offers with the best of directors coming my way. And I’m determined to work my way up on the dint of my diligence and do hope to live up to people’s expectations.”

• “I went to Madras to meet Mani for the film. He just chatted with me and within an hour he said, I was on. I thought there would be a screen test. But there was none of that.”

• “There are only 365 days in a year and there’s only this much work that I can do.”

• “I know for a fact that some heroines actually cried when they weren’t approached for Sooraj Barjatya’s film.”

• “I relate to men almost in an asexual manner. I’ve never been violently attracted to a guy at first sight.”

• “I know when I’m in love, I’ll give it my all.”

• “My values are proper and middle-class. And I’m proud of them.”

• “Do men still say, “I love you” and want to marry you as soon as they set eyes on you?”

• ” I come from a secure family, I have parents who are like caring friends, we share a grrrrreat open-relationship.”

• “Even if I end up being a housewife, I’ll give it my 100 per cent. I’ll be the best housewife in the whole wide world. That I promise.”

• “Of the 100 people, you meet every day, at least ten are bound to dislike you. You live and learn, you can’t please everyone.”

• “Those who interact with me, tell me, “But we thought you were so unreal.””

• “I really wish people would really talk about my professional life in the same way people are choosing to talk about my personal life,”

• “My directors have been happy and satisfied with my work and that makes me happy, because they are the primary concern. But I guess time and experience will help me grow and improve as an actress.”

• “Just because one is an actress doesn’t mean you don’t want a personal life.”

• “Language is not the barrier for good cinema.”

• “I don’t believe in numbers. In fact, I am here only to be called a good actress. Moreover, labels are not new to me. I was tagged a lot of things. Since I never considered any of them seriously, I don’t think I will take this one seriously. It is part of the game.”

• “We grow during the making of a film, from day to day.”

• “Awards and titles are not new to me. I have seen it all during the Miss India and Miss World. My biggest award is when people stand up and appreciate me.”

• “Offscreen romance and link-ups are part of this industry. It is the price that you have to pay for success and I am not complaining.”

• “As far as I am concerned, movies today are not just dialogue kya hai, costume kya hai, make-up kya hai and go and act. I enjoy discussing things, I love this whole idea of creating things. It’s the creative aspect that I enjoy the most, the entire aura, the ambience. That excites me. It’s the whole concept of something coming out of nothing.”

• “I’m an emotional person, so the emotions I delve into while acting give me an insight into life. For me, acting is like getting to live the lives of so many different people in so many different environments.”

• “My directors have been wonderful. They have never treated me like a newcomer.”

• “I have never felt completely alien. I don’t know if alien is the right word, but this was definitely a new world for me. Thankfully, I was welcomed here. I was beckoned here, I didn’t come searching. And I thank God for that and also the industry.”

• “After Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Josh, I’m more charged. I take more interest in my clothes, I work out the minutest details like the fabric and cuts with my designer. At times I’m called to listen to the music, it’s things like these which make me feel like an integral part of a project.”

• “Do I share a love-hate-love relationship with Sanjay? We fight when we work, we cry while he’s narrating the scenes of Devdas.”

• “Some ludicrous story floated around about how I’d ousted another heroine from Devdas. Puh-lease credit me with better intelligence. I’m not so insecure. Such gossip amounts to questioning the director’s credibility.”

• “Yashji (Chopra) thought, we’d lost our marbles. He wondered how Shah Rukh Khan and I could agree to play brother and sister.”

• “I’m a mix of a tomboy and a woman. And I like it that way.”

• “Cinema is an ocean. You can never swim the entire length and breadth of it. As long as the plunge is sincere, you stay afloat and get to your destination.”

• “I’m not an Indian wannabe.”

• “For me doing an English movie is like doing a Bengali or a Tamil film. Language is a medium and as actors we are vagabonds. There are people from France talking to me. I have a script from Spain. I just go with the flow.”

• “I just know there is God. He has strange ways of charting things in my life.”

• “I walk the middle path. There is family and there are friends, but my connection is most with God. I thank Him that He has helped me remain connected with myself.”

• “I’m a student. I want to do better, and I want directors who can find the actress in me and be my teachers.”

• “For me, it’s not about breaking big in Hollywood, but having interesting experiences.”

• “I have to learn to be light on myself. I could be really disappointed and hurt by what is said about me.”

• On meeting producer Harvey Weinstein for the first time at the 2005 Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People: “He is a big fan of Indian films. He has seen Devdas (2002/I), and said he respected my work. It’s a big compliment coming from somebody who has such an immense body of work and yet is so humble from him? He discussed a few ideas and scripts with me. He is starting his own company. We are discussing projects. Time will tell all.”

• “I am not comfortable about kissing or nudity. I am clear about what I want. I’ll work only with good directors who’ll offer me two-dimensional roles. The director and the role are most important.” (Movie Mag International, September 2004)

• ‘’When this came to be early this year, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to work with Meryl Streep, someone I’ve always admired. In all my interviews 10 years ago people used to ask who is your favourite actor and actress and I would mention Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep. On my first trip there I met up with de Niro and my first film is with Meryl Streep, and I said, ‘Oh God that’s really, really cool. Really wonderful.’’

• ‘’I know for a fact that if there’s a role which I am suited for, I’ll be signed on. I’ll never go begging.’’

• ‘’I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of surprise.’’

• ‘’I don’t believe in proving a point to anybody. Nobody is that important.’’

• ‘’I believe that as an actress all my fears and phobias exist till I sign on the dotted line for a film.’’

• ‘’You give to the world your greatest gift when you’re being yourself.’’

• “This is my tenth year now, so things have changed within this span of time – so drastically that when I look at the work done when I just joined, it’s like, “Oh my God!” So much has changed in these ten years. You get to see how you’re part of the process of change within the Indian film industry. That’s all positive, that’s all a good sign.” (Forbes Magazine, August 25th 2005)

• ‘’I’m just average woman with average concerns.’’

• ‘’Life will take its toll on all of us. We get injured, we get old. It’s really sad to try to run away from these harsh realities of life. Looks are not everything. I am not going to look beautiful all the time.’’

• ‘’People know me more because of my eyes. So, I decided to donate my eyes. But before that, I acquired all the information about the campaign. Within what time after death one has to donate eyes, and all other information. Only then I decided to donate my eyes. It’s not that just for doing something, I donated my eyes. I found that useful so I did it. I like to do social service from my heart. Whatever is possible I do, but I don’t speak of that. But I would like to give more time to it in the near future.’’

• ‘’Life may be one BIG drama, and we, character in it…. But….LIVE IT…..Every moment in it’’

• ‘’I don’t know why there’s so much noise about a kiss or a passionate scene that I have done. The script demanded it!’’

• ‘’I have been a part of the media glare since 1992. And today there are so many channels, so much more media that you don’t know what stray comment is coming from where.’’

• ‘’I am an emotional person off-screen and would hate to hurt or snub someone.’’

• “I hope at some point of time in my life, I manage to be here and celebrate Durga puja in this city,”

• “I don’t believe in numbers. In fact, I am here only to be called a good actress.”

• About being on the Oprah show: “Yes, I was extremely happy to be on her show. I absolutely admire her. I never thought I’d actually be meeting her — and that too, on her show! It’s so strange. But prior to our meeting, during my visit to the US for the premiere of Bride & Prejudice, I had some afternoons off and I watched Oprah. I thought how wonderful it would be to be on her show. And within a month, I was!” (Rediff, May 18, 2005)

• ‘’My first priority now is work. I have achieved a bit of what I wanted to do, as an actress. Now it’s my time to grow as an artiste and do good quality work.’’

• ‘’I always believed that my silence on several topics will be an advantage in the long run.’’

• ‘’Alright God, I get the message. Go with the flow.’’

• ‘’For me, it went beyond being a beauty queen. For me, it was about being the 20-year-old girl from India on international platform and a lot of people actually would assume that I wasn’t even educated in India because of the way I’d speak. And they’d be like, ‘Have you studied in India? Do you actually speak English out there?’ and, I was like, ‘This is so interesting that so many people know so little about my country.’ and this is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on this little mission in my head.’’

• “Indian cinema has begun to be recognized globally. And it’s very important for us to make our presence felt at important events such as Cannes. I feel there should be more Indian representation at festivals. India is producing such a large cross section of films. We need to be part of world cinema, and we need to do that now.”

• “Why in future? I am already a superwoman in real life. Ask any married woman and she will agree to my answer.”

• About the sari on the Oprah show: “I thought I’d wear one on the show, and packed two of them, in case Oprah wanted to wear one too. As luck would have it, my flight was delayed and I reached minutes before the show went on air! So I had no time to change, which is a pity. Americans love the garment but have no clue how it’s tied. Oprah is very respectful and appreciative of all cultures. She was very curious about the sari and I helped her put it on, on air! She has sent me an autographed picture saying, ‘Next time we change the blouse.’ She was very sweet.” (Rediff, May 18, 2005)

• ‘’I have a great story to tell… and I tell it well. No holds barred.’’

• ‘’I’m not the type who’ll yell about my achievements from the rooftops.’’

• ‘’It’s a wonderfully told story, … I look for work that is meaningful and where I can be able to contribute to tell a story.’’

• “Ever since I went to the Cannes festival, the media overseas really encouraged me to consider the possibilities of working in the West. Then I got a call from some people who worked in the business in America, who asked me to first obviously get an agent so that they could have direct access because that’s the way they work.”

• ‘’My family is my strength and my weakness.’’

• “Marriage is a beautiful chapter in life. It is so blissful and wonderful…in fact difficult to articulate. I strongly recommend it to everyone. Each one of us must experience it.”

• About turning down the role opposite Jackie Chan in the movie _Time Breaker (2004)_, “I did not have the required dates as I was busy with the shows abroad. I had to turn down the film. I have no regrets because there is always a next time.”

• ‘’Professionally, I’m on a roll. I have no doubts about the way my career has been going. I’ve never felt the need to name-drop or align myself with a particular project just to stay in the news. Regrettably, I’ve had to dissociate myself from quite a few projects.’’

• ‘’Someone asked me why I’m politically correct, even when people hit out so openly at me. But the truth is, I’ve never been brought up to behave any other way. I can’t say anything hurtful about anyone. I just don’t believe in saying mean things. I won’t feel good doing that. It’s strange why being well behaved is perceived as being too ‘propah’ and staid. This is the way I am. I’m amazed how many people feel good hitting out at me. They’re welcome to do it. Earlier, they had more leeway to deny their indiscretions in print. But now on television they look pretty ridiculous denying what they say.’’

• “Beauty is transient and changes with time.”

• “I am a happy girl, can’t you make out?”

• (On being on the list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world) “It’s undoubtedly an honour. It feels great that I was a part of this remarkable group,” said Aishwarya on that occasion.

“On a personal level, it’s a humbling experiences because the people I have been rated with have achieved so much more than me,” she added.

• (On asked: Do you agree that you’re not very publicly demonstrative when it comes to your relationship?) From Stardust: December 2004 Issue

“You’re not asking about my family, you’re talking about my personal life, about a relationship with a man in one’s life. Do I need to be demonstrative? I am very protective in any relationship. Be it my family, or the man in my life, or my closest friend. All these relationships are very precious to me. The reason why I don’t bring them into my interviews has a simple logic, I don’t know whether you all will understand or not, but I’ll explain. I am not demonstrative because, with due respect to you and the media, the way I speak and the way it’s translated in the written form, doesn’t sound the same all the time. And the relationships are too precious to me. I can’t let them be in any way subjected to Chinese whisper syndromes or any kind of misrepresentation at any point in time, at any phase of a relationship. These are different emotional bonds, I don’t want it to be colored in any written words.

Out of pure defense and protective nature of my various relationships, I am not demonstrative. I’m not into name-dropping. I would never put them on the dock just to make an interesting interview.”

• “I only entered Miss India after pressure from friends and because I thought it would be a laugh”.

• “Comedy is difficult for an actor. But I think I have a good sense of humor and manage to make people laugh and make them happy.”

• “Women in the industry have been exploited very often, but there are some actors who belive that the short cut to stardom is through nudity or exposure. Such success is, in fact, very short-lived.”

• “Humans have always fascinated me—the way they are, the way they carry themselves. The human body intrigues me. That’s the reason why I always wanted to become a doctor. Also, as a student I always loved studying zoology. I wanted to take up science for higher studies but changed my mind and took up architecture as my area of specialisation. In my school, I didn’t just do well academically. I was equally good at singing, dancing and took part in every activity other than sports.

Even in those days I had the body language of a model. In fact, my friends used to pull my leg for striking a pose all the time. I had a particular style of walking and everybody used to tease me for the way I used to hold my hands. They used to call me “baby doll”. I realise now that my decision to go in for modelling was also part of my fascination with human beings. So is acting. Portraying so many different kinds of characters on screen allows me to study the human nature and psychology. I am glad that I’m still indulging in my interest for human beings even though I may not be a doctor!”

• “I definitely don’t have a chip on my shoulder.”

• “I’m making no effort to work in Hollywood.”

• “I’m not a tease. I don’t go around fluttering my eyelashes and wrapping men around my little finger.”

• “I don’t want to win any brownie points for giving good copy to the press. I’ve been extremely dignified and well-behaved while dealing with journalists. So many journalists who have interacted with me have come away pleasantly surprised.”

• “Right now, I’m following the Buddhist principle: Smile as abuse is hurled your way and this too shall pass.”

• “We’ll cross the bridge when we reach it, … But yeah. We – let’s see. We’ll work on the story, work on the scene. I’ll work on the part and, and let’s see.”

• “People just came in throngs and stood around. It was very overwhelming for my co-stars.”

• “But I have made no conscious effort to look battered and bruised. It is just the way one feels when one is put in a certain traumatic situation.”

• “I was more excited than scared, at the opportunity to work in an English movie.”

• “Okay, let’s take statistics. How many interviews have I given you in the last six years? Just five or six? Doesn’t that say something? I hate to sound immodest, but this dates back to my personality since the age of 13. I’ve always got attention, which at times has been quite unwarranted.”

• “Someone said to me this week that you are a Greek goddess with the soul of an Indian.”

• “Well, when people call me real. I love it. And it has a lot of meaning, … It means a lot to me and it’s touching. People would see that and acknowledge it.”

• “Even in India the Hindi film industry might be the best known but there are movies made in other regional languages in India, be it Tamil or Bengali. Those experiences too are different from the ones in Bombay.”

• “Unfortunately my personal involvement in some of my projects is being misconstrued as high-handedness.”

• “It’s a wonderfully told story, … I look for work that is meaningful and where I can be able to contribute to tell a story.”

• “I have always tried to pick up a variety of projects as I want to have different experiences with different projects. Also preferences for roles grow with time.”

• “She (Mother, Vrinda Rai) is the nucleus of my existence; who has gently molded me, shaped me, picked me up when I’ve been down, has faith in me and taught me to be the very best version of me that i can be,”

• “I am not in the business of creating this picture-perfect image. I believe in living my life with a certain degree of clarity. It’s not an image-building exercise and if I wanted publicity I would have graced the cover of every magazine. But I believe in treading the middle path.”

• “It’s splendid, it’s inescapable…the bliss is just wonderful. A smile from my daughter and thats it”

• “The haters are just a drop in the ocean. there is that much more love. any kind of negativity in any case just drops off. it doesn’t matter at all. people see the real picture. they have given me so much love throughout my career … that’s the real thing. this is reality. this is who i am. i am a mother and this can happen and it happened with me and it’s fine. that’s life. i’ve never been the one who endorse size-zero anyways. you guys speculated i was pregnant before i was so many times. i’ve lived the real life in the public eye and that continues.”

• “There are lot of people out there who recognise that, see that, and share that energy with me. And that’s what matters – reality.”

• “An actor is in the public eye, there will be opinions,”

• “I think in life it’s important to be healthy.”

• “I have always enjoyed my food and I have never been one for strict diets and I’m not taking any recommendations now either!”

• “It’s really been almost a part of every day for so many years now that I have never let it define me – it’s just a moment to enjoy,”

• “Aaradhya is here and she is my angel, I mean, it’s just absolutely blissful,”

• “If another child or children are meant to be, then God knows and I’ll receive the blessing.”

• “Hectic is redefined with every changing phase of my life but it is just blissful, it is amazing and I am just so happy.”

• “I am not complaining, this has been the way of life for so long now. From your adult life, from the time you have stepped out and get working, multi-tasking, working round the clock. People talk about sleepless nights but that’s the way of life for us anyway. Can’t be complaining when it comes to your baby. No way, no way.”

• “Kalyan Jewellers campaign will always remain special to me because this is the first campaign I have shot after the birth of my beautiful daughter Aaradhya.”

• “I am honoured to accept this appointment. Spreading awareness on health issues, especially related to women and children, has always been a priority for me. And now, as a new mother, I can personally relate to this––the joys and concerns of every mother and the hopes that we have for our children.”

• “I strongly believe that every baby should be born free from HIV. And I wish that every woman living with HIV stays healthy and has access to treatment. I promise that with UNAIDS, I will do my utmost to make this happen.”

• “I will initially be like a student, holding the hand of the organisation which will lead me to the real picture on the ground,”

• “I dont want to be just a poster girl, dont want to be just part of a platform that will have my face and quotes and voice,”

• “It has been an absolute pleasure to take time off and take care of my daughter,”

• “This is a turning point in my life. I wanted to be associated with the UN at a time when I could actually contribute to the work and the causes,”

• “By coming on board, I hope to give further impetus to the work that UNAIDS has done and further contribute to the help spread the message,”

• “UNAIDS’ passion is infectious and I would like to contribute to it. This is shared responsibility and we can achieve it and make it possible,”

• “We need to cut out our wants, desires, basic ambition to try and override each other and expand power. Only then we will be able to find our peace,”

• “This experience, my journey beginning today with the United Nations is quite a learning curve for me,”

• “The person you are talking to … this is who I am, I travel light. There is no baggage of pretension and that is why I am able to be so comfortable whether at home with my family, at an event, shooting a movie or doing an interview,”

• “Motherhood has, by far, been just the most superlative experience of unconditional love I have ever experienced. I consider it an immense blessing. It has been a very, very natural role for me to embrace and I am loving every millisecond of it,”

• “You know, I am always asked about “my break” but I somehow haven’t felt like I have been on a break at all. Even though I haven’t been acting, I have been busy doing a lot of my endorsement work as well as my philantrophy and humanitarian work … I was recently appointed the goodwill ambassador of UNAIDS. In fact, three months after having delivered Aaradhya, I went on my first assignment to Dubai with Longines. So, it has been a very eventful year. But I do appreciate my fans who keep reminding me that I have been on a break!”

• “I have been looking at a lot of scripts and have finally greenlit a couple of them which the filmmakers are now starting to work on. We will make the announcements and the world will know once everything has been put together,”

• “I will be like every other working mother,” I don’t have a secret formula. I think every working mother will agree that every day is a new experience and I think the key is being able to prioritise. That is the key to embracing all the various commitments and responsibilities in our lives. I only take on something if I know I can commit to it fully. This, again, is something I picked up from my parents and it is something I have applied though all my experiences in life,”

• “I will be like every other working mother,” she says candidly. “I don’t have a secret formula. I think every working mother will agree that every day is a new experience and I think the key is being able to prioritise. That is the key to embracing all the various commitments and responsibilities in our lives. I only take on something if I know I can commit to it fully. This, again, is something I picked up from my parents and it is something I have applied though all my experiences in life,”

• “I have a very positive approach to life which I find extremely strengthening and empowering,”

• “I have such clarity about who I am and my approach to life which I have my parents to thank for. I don’t know exactly what they did … what secret inculcation I had but I am focused on my own reality and that is what I hope to give my children too. I knew right from the beginning how important it is not to take either the compliments or the criticism seriously. Once you know who you are, you don’t let anyone’s opinion define you. Otherwise, you will just disintegrate with the negativity.”

• “Right from the beginning, the volume (of attention) I have received has been huge and for that, I thank the media and all my fans and well-wishers. I have always accepted all the compliments with grace … it’s not easy for me to gush, but I keep saying thank you in all humility. The praise, the compliments, the scrutiny and judgement has been consistent and continues till today and it has become just a way of life for me. But it isn’t my fulcrum,”

• “This is my 14th year with Longines, I think it (my relationship with Longines) is super precious and it is wonderful that it has lasted this long and is still going strong. The brand found me … they approached me to endorse them and what I loved immediately was their incredible history in watchmaking … their definitive knowledge and expertise in the craft of watchmaking. And their motto – ‘Elegance is an attitude’ – I can see that they truly believe it. The company conducts itself with that very philosophy and I have experienced that for 14 years now.”

• “Actually, it’’ everyone else around me who makes so aware of it, but I don’t make a big deal about it, I never have. I genuinely believe it’s a state of mind – and that’s not something I’m saying just because I’m approaching 40, you can look back to my earliest interviews. I truly believe that.”

• “It is great to see the Indian film industry being celebrated and honoured on the occasion of its 100th anniversary at an internationally respected platform like the Cannes Film Festival. This truly signifies the impact made by India on world cinema. I am happy that L’Oreal Paris has also chosen to celebrate the occasion with the Bollywood inspired L’Or Sunset make-up collection.”

• “I always say walking the red carpet is your opportunity to have fun with fashion. I don’t think you have to take it too seriously. But at the same time, you’re in the world of seduction, of fashion. But I believe being confident and dressing in something that truly shows who you are, is my little secret.”

• “L’Oreal to me is just not about making my hair and skin beautiful, but it has made me feel as if I have a second family. They have been totally supportive of me since I joined them. The brand has a respect and understanding of what women want; it’s about empowering women to feel good about who they are and embracing their natural beauty.!”

• “Being a mother is a full time job on its own. To be able to juggle more than one thing at a time takes a lot of planning and family support,”

• “My hair and makeup is decided upon by the L’Oreal Paris makeup artists based on the dress I am wearing for the night. They always do a fantastic job and make sure I look fabulous on the red carpet”

• “I have a wonderful family including my in-laws that are involved in Aaradhya’s life. I love them all dearly, truly they complete me.”

• “Enjoy your motherhood years no matter how consuming it might be. You must always remember that having a child is a blessing. Plan well and give everything its sweet time.”

• “I wouldn’t call it an army, but I do have a wonderful team behind the look. The designers understand me very well so they know what I always look for in a dress. Elegance and comfort are my two most important factors.”

• “On the contrary, I feel like I’m at home. I’ve been coming here for years now. I’ve made such wonderful friends.”

• “I don’t even want to think about what people thought of my clothes earlier and what they think of them now. To me, how I conduct myself at Cannes and how people react to me are far more important than what I wear.”

• “I wear simple pieces like my wedding ring which a typical Mangalorean design and I never open it. I wear my loha (iron worn by married women) gifted by mother and mother-in-law. They are small pieces but very valuable.”

• I have not felt the gap. There is no plan to it … I kept doing films before marriage, during marriage and after marriage, during my pregnancy and now. I respect the integrity of commitment. I am a very committed mother. When I felt the time was right to venture out to figure out the balance, I did so. I am still figuring it out. I think in a mother’s life every day is a first whether the baby is one year old or five year old … as you have not been a mother before. Every day you keep discovering. Fortunately, I think, it has all fallen into place.”

•  Aaradhya too is a sensitive girl like me which is a wonderful quality to have.

 

- Last updated on 2015-09-25

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