(2008) 10 Questions with Aishwarya
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been called the most beautiful woman in the world.
Up close and in person, it’s easy to see why: Her skin glows, her eyes sparkle, her smile radiates. She’s nice. And funny.
In town to perform in tonight’s Unforgettable show at the Rogers Centre, Rai Bachchan, 34, has dozens of starring roles in hit Hindi films to her credit. As the wife of Indian cinema’s heir apparent Abhishek Bachchan, she’s considered the reigning Queen of Bollywood.
As well, since her 2002 crossover hit Devdas, Rai Bachchan has earned roles in Hollywood and now has a fan base that circles the globe.
When I managed to score a short one-on-one interview with Rai Bachchan, my goal was to find out her beauty and style secrets as quickly as possible.
“We have 10 minutes,” I say, as we sit down amidst an army of journalists, publicists and security guards. “I’d like to ask 10 questions.”
“I give long answers, so good luck!” laughs Rai Bachchan.
“What are you wearing?” I ask.
“Clothes,” she says, shrugging. “I hate … I really do not like mentioning labels,” she says with a smoothly articulate British accent.
“But since you ask,” she says. “My shoes are Armani. My jeans, I don’t know … My jacket is Chanel. My watch is Longines.
“I’m also wearing my wedding ring, and my family gave me this opal and sapphire,” she says, flashing her hand.
“I notice you’re photographed often wearing that ring,” I say. “What does it mean to you?”
“My family gave it to me,” she says, touching the opal cocktail ring on her index finger.
“I’ve been wearing it for a while. I’m a less is more kind of person when it comes to accessories. This bangle is a Bengali wedding band. My husband put this on me the day we married and it stays on. My mother-in-law is Bengali and I like things that have real
“How would you describe your personal style?”
“As far as fashion goes, comfort is the biggest defining factor,” she says. “Comfort and relevance to the occasion, rather than flashing the `in’ thing … Your attitude and personality, that’s what you should wear.”
“Do you like to go to fashion shows?”
“I’d love to. I’ve been invited, but I don’t have time.”
“Is there an Indian designer that you particularly admire?”
“Hmmmm,” she replies. “I have so many friends, I like to do different things, so it’s hard to pick just one. But I do like…” she says, rattling off several names in quick succession.
“Um, how do you spell that?” I ask, checking my watch.
“Here, let me write it down for you,” she says, taking my notebook and pen on her lap: “Shahab Durazi, Hement Triveda, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Neeta Lulla, amongst many,” she writes neatly.
“And a favourite Western designer?” I ask, taking back my notebook.
“I have friends at Armani, Cavalli, Gucci.”
“Do you dress differently for your North American and European fans than for your Indian fans?”
“I am Indian, and I enjoy the sari and Indian attire, but my experiences, right from the outset, have been across the globe. I mean look at me, I mix it up,” she says.
“What’s the best gift your husband has ever given you?”
“Togetherness.” She smiles coyly and glances at her leading man.
“What’s your skin secret?”
“When it comes to beauty, it’s about how you feel. You’ve got to feel good inside. Apart from that, it’s just hygiene. Hygiene of thought, word and action.”
Just at that moment, Star photographer Lucas Oleniuk steps in with the tenth question:
“May I take your picture?” he asks.
And then she steps into the bright light, flickering her lashes just right.