The former Miss World and Bollywood starlet is getting an earful from her Indian fans over her post-natal weight. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, famously touted by Julia Roberts as the “world’s most beautiful woman,” was once the most admired and revered star in all of India. But such fame has not recently been a blessing for the 38-year-old new mother.
In 2007, Bachchan married Abhishek Bachhan, the son of famous Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan. She recently gave birth to her first child and the press and public have been uniformly unkind about the change in her appearance. Some have even gone as far as to call her a traitor to her fans for not fulfilling her duty to be beautiful.
One site posted a video of the star carrying a few extra pounds with elephant sounds in the background. The clip, titled “Aishwarya Rai’s Shocking Weight Gain,” has been viewed more than 500,000 times.
The overwhelming negative response to Bachchan’s weight gain has opened up a debate in India about cultural attitudes towards celebrities and women in particular.
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What do you think? Does Bachchan have a right to look however she wants? Or does she have some implicit obligation to her fans to get back into performance shape after giving birth?