By Subhash K Jha
BOLLYWOOD: The youngest and most adorable member of the Bachchan family has begun schooling.
Aaradhya has begun to attend play-school, much to the joy and disbelief of the entire Bachchan parivaar.
Proud and protective mother Aishwarya accompanies little Aaradhyaa to school every day and stays close to her all through.
Says a source close to Amitabh Bachchan, “Aaradhya is a very friendly child and has taken to her school environment very easily. She’s also making friends with the other kids very very fast. But Aishwarya insists on remaining close by for as long as Aaradhya is in school.”
Aishwarya sits in the principal’s chamber for three hours while her little darling does her own thing in the classroom.
Says the friend, “Ash wants to keep it very quiet. Initially a lot of the other kids and their parents got excited when they saw Aishwarya with Aaradhyaa in school. She now slips in very quietly and stays out of the public area in a room quietly reading scripts and making urgent calls. When Aaradhya is done, Aishwarya quietly bundles up her joy and drives off.”
According to her family, Aaradhya is very quick on the uptake and very independent-minded. But her mother is most reluctant to let her little one be on her own.
Says the friend, “Ash is a role-model of a mother. She looks into every detail of Aaradhya’s daily routine from her food to her education. Now when Ash is getting plum offers on a daily basis she’s serious worried about time-management between baby and studio.”
It is likely that Aishwarya would shoot a major chunk of her comeback film during Aaradhya’s vacations.
“Taking her daughter to the sets is not an option,” says the family friend.