Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her seven month old daughter have even more reason to celebrate, after Abhishek Bachchan's new film - Bol Bachchan - turned out to be a huge hit at the box office. In a recent interview with Indian daily Hindustan Times, the 36 year old actor was candid about his professional and personal life... and about his daughter, Aaradhya, too.
"I feel on top of the world," Bachchan said, when asked about the success of his new film. Also, when asked if the birth of his daughter brought him good luck, the protective father said he did not want to put that sort of pressure on Aaradhya.
"I don't want to think like that. I don't want to put that kind of pressure on her. It's unfair! My daughter is separate from my profession. I can't blame her for my failure or my success. She's brought immense pride and happiness, and that's what I'm happy about. As for luck, it has a weird way of improving. The harder you work, the faster it moves. I attribute my film's success to the whole team, especially Ajay (Devgn) and Rohit (Shetty)," Bachchan was quoted as saying.
While several argue the couple is hiding Aaradhya from media and other reports indicate the parents have struck a deal with an international magazine for the baby's first photoshoot, Bachchan denies it all.
"That's not the case. I take offence to the words 'shielding' and 'hiding', which have been so generously used. My daughter is not an object to flash around or a prized item to put on display. She's a small baby. As a parent, it's my choice how I want to bring her up. I had a middle-class upbringing. We weren't given special treatment. I didn't realise dad was a star till my teens He was Pa, and mom was Ma. We were not made aware of their celebrity status. Mom ensured that. I want my daughter to grow up as normally as I did," he added.
However, the actor claims his priorities haven't changed even after the addition to the family.
"My priorities are the same. My films are of paramount importance to me, the same as my family. That's not going to change. This is a balance I have to strike throughout my life," the actor said, admitting also that his work schedules sometimes made it difficult to spend time with his daughter, "I want to spend more time with her, but work keeps me busy. When she was born, I was busy shooting for Bol Bachchan. Now, I start shooting for Dhoom 3 this week."
In any case, while the world eagerly waits for a glimpse of Aaradhya Bachchan, apart from the lucky few, the only people to have seen the baby were a cameraman for an Indian music channel and Anisah Hussain, a fan who caught mother and daughter shopping while in London.