Be it ‘Paro’ of Devdas or ‘Nandini’ of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Aishwarya Rai has played a wide range of characters. While we loved her onscreen persona, in real life, many shared how it is to meet the diva in person. A group of fans started a Quora thread, where they shared their experiences of meeting Aishwarya. Here are some of those reactions.
1. Akanksha Gupta wrote about her experience of meeting Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan at the airport
“I met Aishwarya at an airport. She was standing in the first-class check-out queue when somebody in our Economy class queue asked us casually “You’re Indian, right? There’s a celebrity in the queue over there. You might want to meet them.”
I excitedly looked around, only to see the world’s most beautiful woman standing just a few feet away from me and I was no less than mesmerized! I quickly told my mom to find a pen and a paper. As she looked into her purse, I noticed there was a tall guy standing with Aishwarya. It was none other than Abhishek Bachchan. They were about to leave and then not to appear rude, my mother told me to go get Abhishek’s autograph first, while she would chat up with Aishwarya while waiting for me. I went and met Abhishek to ask for an autograph. He, in return, did not smile or even ask my name, just scribbled something on the paper and kept walking. Duh! So much for being polite.
I couldn’t blink my eyes even for a second. The perfect eyes, the magical smile, hands that looked like cotton, I could just look at her the entire day. I was absolutely smitten (I then understood how guys feel around beautiful women). She asked my name before signing my notepad and I just couldn’t stop telling her how much I was in awe of her!”
2. Another fan wrote about meeting Aishwarya Rai on her sets
“I met Aishwarya Rai during the shooting of Ravan at 11 am in the morning. I had 22 hours of the journey just to meet her. She was surrounded by her servants and bodyguards. I went to her and told her that I’m a die-hard fan of hers. She didn’t say anything. She just gave a beautiful smile 🙂 I asked for an autograph but she refused saying she can’t give an autograph during shooting and told me to wait till evening. I told Aishwarya Rai that I wanted to hold the umbrella for her till evening as I didn’t have anything else to do. Initially, she refused by saying that she already had people to do that. But, finally, she agreed. I held an umbrella for Aishwarya for the whole day. That was the proudest day of my life! The shooting was over at 8 pm. Finally, she gave me the autograph!! 🙂 I was amazed by her commitment to work. I stood behind Aishwarya Rai for totally 9 hours holding umbrella.”
3. Darshan M Nagesh shared the experience of his friend meeting Aishwarya Rai
“My friend had expressed his wish to meet Aishwarya to her PR Manager – Archana Sadanand. When Aishwarya was on stage, this friend of mine was standing in the front row and exactly where Archana had asked him to stand.
My friend said he was so happy that the lady herself went to him. And when he asked for a photo with her, she requested his mobile and took a selfie. Aishwarya is one of the most down-to-earth actors we have in our industry today. Elegance Personified.”
Wow! Seriously! Aishwarya Rai is a true beauty – beautiful inside and out!