Aishwarya: I did Jazbaa when I felt the time was right
It has been five years since we saw Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the big screen but the actor is unfazed by the talk of Jazbaa being her comeback film. She asserts she has always been here and never felt as if she was “absent” from Bollywood. Instead, she said said she was so busy with her daughter Aaradhya that time just flew by.
“I haven’t felt being absent, though going by the time and the number of releases that we do have, of course, I wasn’t making movies. But a lot of ladies here who’ve completely experienced what I’m wonderfully feeling right now will agree that we have no concept of time. We don’t realize how time flies by,” she said to queries on her absence at the trailer launch of the much-anticipated Jazbaa directed by Sanjay Gupta.
Her last film was Guzaarish with Hrithik Roshan. She was initially going to star in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine but backed out due to her pregnancy and the role went to Kareena Kapoor. Duties as a mother to three-year-old Aaradhya kept her busy all these years.
“Being a working mother, I really did not delve into this absence factor. And probably that’s why I haven’t necessarily focused on the term ‘comeback’. There’s no going away from it and running away from it. And it will forever be the comeback film. So I’m not denying it but when I turn around and say that I haven’t felt it, that’s just the way it is,” said Aishwarya about Jazbaa.
Regarding the timing of the film, she said, “I felt the time was right to venture out… the balance… but I am still figuring out things. I think in a mother’s life, every day is a first whether the baby is one year old or five year old… as you have not been a mother before. Everyday is a new day and you keep discovering. When I felt I can go ahead and do things I did. When we were ready we rolled it. I think it all fell into place,” she said.
Aishwarya says working with her co-star Irrfan Khan made “working days very natural”.
“Working with an actor like Irrfan made every working day very natural as I never felt I’m at work. Irrfan makes the working atmosphere very relaxed. Talking about our director Sanjay, it was wonderful that he always brought and evoked the energy in us during the shoot, even during intense and emotional moments, which just makes working together effortless, added the diva.”
Talking about the team from the movie, the ‘Guru’ actress has called it a “dream cast”.
“The people with whom I have worked with in ‘Jazbaa’, is no doubt a dream cast for me,” she added.
About Aishwarya’s ‘comeback’, Irrfan said: “I don’t consider this is a comeback since I never felt that she ever went anywhere. There is nothing wrong with getting sidelined, in fact it would feel good. It depends on the person because of which you get sidelined. Getting sidelined due to Aishwarya is a beautiful thing,”.