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Unsure if opting out of Dostana was right: Ash

 
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  Thrilled with her response to her husband Abhishek Bachchan’s performance in Dostana, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she is not sure she did the right thing by opting out of the film. She is now teaming up with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in a film opposite Hrithik Roshan. And on the international front, she will be seen in Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin. Arriving in Mumbai from Kochi, where she is shooting with Abhishek Bachchan for Mani Ratnam’s new film, Aishwarya met up with CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand to talk movies. Read on…

Rajeev Masand: Aishwarya I have to really start asking you that would you really thought of your husband Abhishek in Dostana. I thought it was really funny, it was a really brave performance, what do you think?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: I obviously thought he was fantastic. He was very entertaining and really funny in the film but if I say that you guys will accuse me of bias. But, the fact is that it is very fantastic when you the viewer, you the critic and the audience comes away appreciating it.

Rajeev Masand: What’s interesting is that it’s actually a film that you were attached to initially. I know that you were meant to be the heroine of that film. Why did you decide eventually not to do it?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: This movie was definitely going to be a fun film and Abhishek and I were really looking forward to it because we knew we’d have a blast making it, but actually the filming schedule was to start last year and at that point we were talking about it as a summer film, which would have then been the first film after our wedding. Now, I don’t know if it was the right decision or not but now everyone has seen the film, the all tell me that I could have done it and I say ya! The fact is that it’s not about the girl and guy’s relationship at all, here John and Abhishek are the pair. That’s what people are really looking at. We had a bit of a discussion and I said okay, I will opt out as Abhishek is impertive to the film and I am very, very glad.

Rajeev Masand: Now you have recently signed Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new film opposite Hrithik Roshan. What’s interesting is that with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, you have delivered two of your finest performances and with Hrithik you have had too massive hits.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: We obviously are excited because as colleagues, as co-stars, we have had very good working experiences. We have worked in two diametrically different movies – Dhoom 2 on one spectrum or a Jodha Akbar on the other – and we are glad that the audiences accepted both the films, very gratifying to us and Sanjay and me have had a wonderful rapport. What he and I have shared as filmmaker and actor is intense and that has reflected itself in the kind of work we have done, in the kind of relationship and rapport that we have shared over the years and we are very close-knit, irrespective of whatever turn of talks over time. We are really looking forward to this experience of working together again.

Rajeev Masand: Now, you have done some comedy in Bollywood, but did that in any way prepare you for working with Steve Martin and the team of Pink Panther 2 which in fact is ready for release in February.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Well, it certainly was novel, because firstly it’s Pink Panther and you have watched the Peter Sellers genre as akid from time to time and that’s what you just remember – laugh riot, family entertainer. And it’s again not some intense acting piece, not something that needs to be scored through, something that has to have the comb run through it in terms of criticism. That’s the objective with which one expected it. I mean this is a huge ensemble and just actors coming together to have a good time making a film. No one is getting in to how much screen time do I have or do I get a close up and that kind of stuff.

Rajeev Masand: Finally, your association with Longines and the international brands that you endorse have contributed to you becoming a familiar face over the world. Is there still any place in the world where you can still go unrecognised?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: The beautiful aspect of life is that we as Indians are everywhere. We find ourselves everywhere. I mean Abhishek and me went really far away for our honeymoon and we found our people there. We are everywhere, so I think it’s a bit tough to go unrecognised, but it’s up to us to embrace life normally and that’s what we try and do.

Rajeev Masand: Great. Thank you for talking to us.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Thanks Rajeev.

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