Aishwarya is a changed person. Everyone grows with time


Sandeep Singh, co-producer of the Sarabjit biopic, finds his Dalbir Kaur in the talented actress

After weeks of speculation around the casting, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has bagged the coveted role of Dalbir Kaur in the Sarabjit Singh biopic. The actress is extremely excited to play the challenging role. In an exclusive chat with, the film’s co-producer Sandeep Singh talks about the film and its leading lady. Excerpts:

How did you get Aishwarya to agree to play Dalbir Kaur?
When this film came to me, I asked Omung Kumar to direct it. He took some time to say yes since he was working on some other film. After Zeishan Qadri (co-producer) and I convinced him, we got a new writer Uttkarshni Vashisht to pen a fresh draft of the story. Rajesh Berry had written it earlier.

And then?
Interestingly, I saw that some actresses started talking in the media that they had been asked to play Dalbir Kaur! And mind you, we hadn’t approached any of those.

We wanted an experienced actress to get into Dalbir’s shoes. We got in touch with Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan), who responded immediately. She told us that she is kicked about this role and even rolled out her dates starting this October. We start with a 70-day schedule in Punjab. I plan to release the film in Cannes next year, followed by a worldwide release.

Did Aishwarya have any reservations about playing Dalbir Kaur?
Not at all. Aishwarya is a changed person. Everybody grows with time. She is ready to go all out on this role.

Coming back to the casting, there were lots of rumours that Kangana (Ranaut) or Priyanka (Chopra) will get the role…
As I said, we hadn’t spoken to any of the people who had started talking in the media.

You were the CEO of Bhansali’s production house. Did your equation with Aishwarya help in getting her nod for the script?
She knows me since a long time. Yes, I did go to her place a few times when I held the CEO position. We have a good equation.

Will Dalbir Kaur be providing inputs? Or do you have all the data with you?
She is coming to Mumbai next month. Woh jitna bolegi, utna kam hoga. Omung has to better on his previous film, Mary Kom.

Did Amitabh or Abhishek intervene in the script at any point?
Not at all.

17 Responses to “Aishwarya is a changed person. Everyone grows with time”

  1. Birendra kumar singh says:

    butifull AISHWARY.

  2. midokh says:

    Well, I hope the producer and director officially tell main stream media that their first choice has always been Aishwaray. I watched a video in Indian yahoo which claims that Kagana and priyanka and etc , etc, were approached but the role now is Aishwaryas. I think if time let , the producer would added more Bollywood actress name to list in video.

    Aishwarya hasn’t real well wisher in mainstream media , in my opinion.

  3. sonu says:

    cooool………….AISH will fullfill her long cherished dream, that is, national award with this film……….I am pretty sure.

  4. tulip says:

    i think she is very much accomplished and does not need national award to prove herself.

  5. tulip says:

    why ADHM shooting dates post pond ?…it was suppose to start in july.

  6. ash says:

    Its wonderful to hear that aishwarya is signing more movies, but I hope that the film makers spread the release date of there films repectively by atleast 4/5 months, inorder for each aishwarya movie to be appreciated individually.

    Has ae dil hai mushklil been postponed? as I thought that karan was planning to start shooting this july and release in june 2016?

    I want aishwarya to do a dancing musical which will showcase her talent as a dancer, whereas jazbaa and sarbijit will only be focusing on her acting abilities. I hope the rumours about aishwarya doing rajeev menons next musical is true.


  7. ash says:

    If ae dil hai mushkil has been postponed, than that menas that aishwarya will be have free dates from july to september? maybe she might do another movie?

  8. Michelle says:

    Johar gave a recent interview and he mentioned ADHM shoot begins in December so yes, it appears shoot has been delayed.

  9. ash says:

    According to anushkas recent interview they will start shooting for ae dil hai mushkil soon and that the movie will release in june next year.—i-know-what-i-am-doing-my-work-will-communicate-for-itself

    In terms of scheduling it would work out perfect for aishwarya if they start shooting for the movie from july to september, as aaradya will be on her summer holidays and can accompany her whilst she shoots abroad in london, newyork and paris etc.

    When aishwarya had signed the movie she had signed it on the terms that they accomodate the outdoor shooting according to aaradya school holidays. Hence the reason why they had decided to shoot the outdoor portion in one schedule during the summer holidays.

    I hope they stick to the original plan and start shooting from next month.

  10. ash says:

    Even in aishwarya cannes interview she said that she isnt going to have any time off during the summer, as she would be busy shooting. I guessed that she was probably refering to the shooting for karans movie.

  11. Michelle says:

    ADHM won’t release in June 2016 since Ranbir has another film releasing that month. An Ash fan met Anushka while she was promoting BV and Anukshka said they begin filming ADHM in September. Kjo then gave an interview last month where he said December.

  12. Michelle says:

    She has to finish up Jazbaa then I guess she’ll be busy promoting it.

  13. tulip says:

    if she starts shooting for ADHM in december then what she will do from july to october?…i dont think she will waste 4 months promoting jazbaa….i think she will do any new film…i mean pralhads happy anniversary may be.

  14. tulip says:

    michelle, there rumers that deepika and hritik considering a movie together in yrfs next…so is it the same movie initially considered by ash opposite hritik?

  15. tulip says:

    asking bec there were rumers saying ash and hritik may be doing a movie together…but then dips is doing it.

  16. ash says:

    Why cant bollywood filmakers be more organised like hollywood filmakers and stick to there origianl start to finish date and release dates for there projects.

    It was due to sanjay guptas unprofessionalism that aishwarya had to opt out of rohit shettys dilwale. Even anupam kher has had to opt out of jazbaa due to the movie being postponed on several occasions.

    If ADHM has been delayed than that will mean that aishwarya has july to september free, I hope her dates dont go to waste and she shoots another movie within this time frame.

  17. ash says:

    @ Tulip

    I didnt realise that aishwarya had been offered a movie opposite hrithik recently?

    There were rumours flying around a few weeks ago that Prahald has fallen out with the producer of happy anniversary due to creative differences and has been replaced by another director to direct the movie.

    If that is true, im not sure if aishwarya would do the movie, as she had signed the movie due prhald being a dear old friend of hers since the modelling days.

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