Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has attracted more flashbulbs and media attention than any other celebrity in India.
From pregnancy to delivery to post-baby weight gain, Aishwarya Rai's each step has been minutely scrutinised.
The actress has come under fire from media and fans alike for her weight gain after giving birth to daughter, Aaradhya in November last year.
Another celebrity who has been constantly in the headlines is Bollywood actor and IPL team owner Shah Rukh Khan. Not for weight gain but for his temperament.
During the recently concluded IPL 5 (fifth edition of Indian Premiere League), the actor was caught on camera smoking in public. He was summoned by an Indian court, pleaded guilty and paid a fine.
Few days later, the Mumbai Cricket Association banned him from entering a cricket stadium for 5 years for allegedly misbehaving with the officials.
Both the celebrities, who face a lot of media attention and criticism for living life on their own terms have finally found solid support from Amitabh Bachchan. Coincidentally, the trio have worked in one film together, 'Mohabbatein'.
We guess as Aishwarya's father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan has had enough and that is why he came out in the open in support of his daughter-in-law.
Amitabh, who is very active on social networking sites, wrote in his blog how he is amazed by the worldwide interest in celebrity lifestyle. He rues how celebrities have to carry a smile on their face even in the worst times.
Amitabh wrote on his blog bigb.bigadda.com, "Celebrity interest is not just an Indian phenomenon, it is worldwide too. If you are celebrity, this is the cross you shall perforce have to carry with a smile. Do no wrong and you shall be safe, but be prepared for the worst even when a small wrong has been done."
"Celebrities are not some outer world aliens, they are as human as you and me. Mistakes and errors will be made and shall be highlighted. The courage and strength to continuously face it, is what counts. Some do a marvellous job, others succumb. Some make light of it, others get affected," he added.
The 69-year-old says while some are able to cope, others succumb to constant media scrutiny. "Each has his or her own way of dealing with it. But this must be remembered. Printed in black and white and seen now in colour on screens of idiot boxes, is a record for posterity and eternal. Whether it is right or wrong is not the issue," he said.
"What has been registered is registered for life and beyond too. Those that still live have opportunity to bear and deal with it as should they would. Those that have left us for heavenly abode, are not present today to defend or clarify an accusation or an opinion they may have disagreed with," he added.
In the entire piece, Big B did not take any names thereby directing the whole blog in favour of the celebrities who face glaring media attention on a day-to-day basis.
FACING THE MUSIC
Both Ash and Shah Rukh have been able to deflect each criticism they were metted out.
Aishwarya Rai shashayed down the red carpet at Cannes with a grace that is now synonymous with her. She responded to criticisms by saying she doesn't care about 'haters' as they are like a drop in the ocean of people who love and care for her.
SRK gave a fitting reply to the ban imposed on him when his team KKR won the IPL trophy.