Aishwarya Rai addresses Rekha as 'Maa', media goes berserk

Actress Rekha presenting a trophy to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during the Stardust Award ceremony. (Screen grab)

The great fuss by the Indian media on Aishwarya Rai Bachchan addressing Rekha as 'maa' (mother) is ridiculous.

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Rekha awarded Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with Power Packed Performer Award for her impressive comeback in Sanjay Gupta's 'Jazbaa' at a recent award ceremony in Mumbai.

When Aishwarya addressed the veteran actress as 'maa' in her acceptance speech, fans, media and paparazzi literally went berserk.

Rekha and Aishwarya's father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan has had a complicated past. Their rumoured romance forms a part of Bollywood folklore.

Things between the lady and the Bachchan family are always seen under the scanner and when Ash addressed Rekha with such respect, media couldn't gulp it down.

Everybody wanted to know why the actress addressed the lady as 'maa'. Is there a clandestine mystery behind this? Is there more to Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan's relationship?

Calm down, there's nothing scandalous about her calling Rekha 'maa'.

Here's why -

Rekha is from Tamil Nadu and Aishwarya is from Mangalore (both from southern part of India) and it is a common practise to address elderly woman as 'maa' (or Amma) with love and respect.

A person's name is attached to 'maa' just to give it respect, just like in English we suffix a name with ma'am.

In Indian tradition, any lady of the age of mother is addressed as 'Maa', 'Amma', 'Kaki' (aunt) to show respect.

It appears that media is not willing to let go of the past and continue the Rekha-Amitabh saga.

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