magazine describes Aishwarya Rai as the ‘Queen
of Bollywood’ and refers her as a modern girl
with traditional values. She is elegant, gorgeous and
mesmerizes everyone with her grace and charm, yet she
is very humble and down to earth. She is no doubt the
most sought after actress in Bollywood. A tête-à-tête
with this wonderful lady.
your role in Choker Bali very difficult to portray?
It was a very complex character no doubt. I could
succeed in playing the complex role like that of Binodini
because I prepared for the character from Rituparno
Ghosh’s very first narration. I had to prepare
very hard to get into the skin of the character.
How was it working with
It was a wonderful experience working with Ghosh.
The whole film has been a wonderful experience for
me. You can call it a journey in celluloid as far
as I am concerned. Choker Bali has contributed to
my growth as a woman.
You are also doing Rituparno
Ghosh’s first Hindi venture, Raincoat. What
is the film about?
The film is an emotional love story. It tells the
story of estranged lovers meeting on a rainy afternoon
and the game of words they play with each other.
You will be working
with Ajay Devgan again after Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Yes, he is a wonderful co-star. Very intense and puts
his best in whatever he does. It was great working
with him in HDDCS and I am looking forward to working
with him again in Raincoat. We will also be doing
Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Prithviraj Sanyukta.
How was it working with
Gurindar Chadha in ‘Bride and Prejudice’?
It was a fun experience. Gurinder is a very talented
and in adapting Jane Austen’s novel for film,
she has infused her flair for comedy. It's a very
What was it like to
work with Amitabh Bachchan in `Khakee’?
He is a great person and a great actor. He made us
all feel comfortable and kept joking while we were
shooting. He would enliven even the intense moments
in "Khakee" by cracking some good jokes.
There was lot of controversies
when you parted ways with "The Rising" producers.
What is the true story?
Well, it was all because I was not comfortable with
my role and every actor/actress should be satisfied
with the work he/she does, isn’t it? I had problems
with my character Jwala, who did not have a significant
role and that's why I wanted them to make changes
in the script. I received the script two weeks before
the film was to be shot (without the changes). Then
I thought it was better to part ways instead of asking
for a change in the script, for an apology and more
At present which project are you working on?
At present I am working in Samir Karnik directed film
"Kyon Ho Gaya Na!" opposite Vivek Oberoi.
The movie is a light romantic comedy. Vivek plays
a lovable, happy-go-lucky guy next door, 21st-century
in everything, except on the issue of an arranged
marriage. Like his forefathers, he wants one. My character
likes Vivek but doesn't agree with his old-fashioned
views. The music of the film is great.
Are you working in the
At present I can’t say anything. What has happened
is, I did meet the people who wanted to cast me in
the Bond film, so I put them to my agents. They told
me that if they used an Asian character they would
come to me. They were scripting the role at the time.
Since then, I have not been contacted. Two weeks ago
there was a story that I met Pierce Brosnan and I
would do the film if a body double is used etc. That
is all rubbish.
Your relationship with
Vivek is the talk of the town. What do you have to
say about it?
Vivek is a very good friend. We share a very special
relationship. He has always been supportive and helpful
and has stood by me in every crisis I have faced of
late. It’s an honest relationship. We respect
each other and enjoy our association. I usually don’t
talk about my personal life. But, at the same time,
I have never attempted to conceal my relationship
with Vivek. He is sensitive, respectful, and honest.
Yes, we do go to parties together. We are supportive
of each other and respect each other.
But how would you define
(Smiles) If and when there needs to be a definition,
we will give it.