Former Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who joined the picture-sharing platform Instagram earlier this year, says that the fact people started seeing it as a "barometric reflection of your popularity or status" was a put off for her.
The Bollywood diva spoke about this issue in the cover story for Conde Nast Traveller India's 50th issue. So far, she says, her social media journey has felt natural.
"I don't post whatever happens through the course of the day because then it would become a job and then you're constantly focusing only on the fruition of it, and not the actual experience. I need to be connected to my real life," said Aishwarya, according to excerpts shared with IANS.
Sharing what made her make the much-awaited social media foray, the Fanney Khan star said, "I think it's the patience, prodding and perseverance of my well-wishers... I mean, it's the way of the world; I get it. The reason I stayed away for so long was that the nature of the beast is such that it becomes a business. Everyone wants numbers; they start to see it as a barometric reflection of your popularity or status. How do you then monetise it, or treat it professionally?"
"It's fine that it's a business at the end of the day, but I didn't want to get drawn into that entire world, the drama. That said, it's a way of life, it's the world in which our kids are growing up, it's here to stay, and there's nothing wrong with it," she added.
Talking more, Aish was asked about a few things that are always in her travel bag. To which, she quirkly replied, "You can’t ask me that! Abhishek always laughs and says my bag is like a Mary Poppins bag—even before Aaradhya. Whatever you need will pop out of it. Everything that you could possibly think of is in there."
Aishwarya and her husband Abhishek Bachchan have an adorable little daughter Aaradhya, 7. Glimpses of their vacations are sometimes a part of what the actress shares with her fans online. Talking about her favourite vacation style -- beaches, mountains, cities, jungles or deserts -- she said: "Abhishek and I are happy everywhere but we've been doing a lot more beach destinations since we had Aaradhya."
Picture Courtesy: Conde Nast Traveller India