(2003) Alluring Ash
AISHWARYA RAI, one of the most beautiful women in the world, has been featured on the cover of the recent issue of “TIME” magazine and its correspondent Alex Perry gushed: “As her jewelled sari radiates ruby and amber across their faces, the woman smiles out at her audience, stifles a giggle and draws butterfly-wing lashes over olive-green eyes!” Ash straddles world cinema like a colossus, as her Bengali film “Choker Bali”, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel directed by Rituparno Ghosh, has become the toast at film festivals from Locarno to Toronto. In the film, Ash plays Binodini, a bride who becomes a widow, but refuses to accept that the death of her husband could transform her into a sexless being.
In Kolkata, this offbeat film is a super hit. Thanks to the star power of Aishwarya Rai, “Choker Bali” with English subtitles is releasing this week in the multiplexes of Mumbai and Delhi. Ash has truly become an international star as Gurinder Chadda-directed “Bride And Prejudice” has been completed and she has started work on Ketan Mehta’s “The Rising”.