A worried Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is not willing to leave her father's side

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Aishwarya's father has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai

We often criticize celebrities for their voracious appetite for attention. But in that process, we sometimes forget that these celebrities are also human and have problems very much like ours.

If their close family member is unwell, they also get equally worried and do everything in their power to help and support that person.

Currently, doting daughter and mum Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is going through the same.

Aishwarya's father critical

Her father, Krishnaraj Rai who was in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for the past two weeks has now reportedly been shifted to its Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

In fact, his supposed dwindling health forced the entire Bachchan family to rush by his side. These members included Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya, whose initial appearance sent the media abuzz about Rai's health.

But Aishwarya's publicist last time confirmed and shared the news with the media.

"Yes he (Krishnaraj Rai) has been in the hospital for nearly two weeks. Aishwarya is taking care of him despite her being alone as Abhishek was in New York for work. He just got back. Recently at Aaradhya’s sports day, Aishwarya was seen cheering for the kids and her own daughter too. But simultaneously she was also keeping a tab on her dad’s health,” the source told India Today two weeks back.

Aaradhya's special surprise for naanu

The actress is presumably close to her parents, who often accompany her on her foreign travels and are said to be extremely close to their granddaughter, Aaradhya.

So much so that with naanu in the hospital, Aaradhya planned a special surprise for him on Valentine's Day.

"She then made a special card for her parents Ash and Abhishek; and after school, went across to her ajja and dodda (as she calls her maternal grandparents) in Bandra, with stickers and packets of chocolate. Aaradhya had made it specially for her dodda as he is still recovering from his illness,” a source shared at the time adding that it was mum Aishwarya who helped her plan it.

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The source explained, "The one person who made it special for everyone and put in her effort to make it memorable for all was none other than Aishwarya, who helped her daughter to pack the small chocolate parcels and getting the heart-stickers etc. Aaradhya is a very loving child- she has so much love for everyone around and every year during Valentine’s day, she tries to make it memorable for them.”

It's clear that like any other doting daughter, Aishwarya is leaving no stone unturned to be by her father's side, especially at this time. Her publicist told India Today on Tuesday night, "Aishwarya's father Krishnaraj Rai has been admitted to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra."

Beti to beti hoti hai 

Not oddly, this a quality all daughters are familiar with and they continue to care for their parents, well after their marriages. Even though we live in a so-called modern society, many Indian women are still unable to care for their parents, the way they are expected to care for their in-laws.

In fact, adding to this already existing woe was a ruling by the courts that stated that if a Hindu daughter-in-law tries to stop her husband from fulfiling his "moral and legal obligation to take care and maintain the parents," it can be a ground for divorce.

"It is not a common practice or desirable culture for a Hindu son in India to get separated from the parents upon getting married at the instance of the wife, especially when the son is the only earning member in the family," the court stated in its judgement.

Sadly, the same does not apply to the sons-in-law who if involuntarily separate the daughter from her own parents.

If Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an icon or an inspiration in any way, then her caring for her father must be taken as an example by women and daughters must vow to help and care for their own elderly parents, if need be.

Also read: Supreme Court: Daughters-in-law should be teated as family and not housemaids

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Deepshikha Punj