(2007) Abhishek is the real diamond
Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai is gushing about three subjects right now in her interaction with the media — her forthcoming film on Mughal emperor Akbar’s marriage with the Rajput princess Jodhabai, life after her own marriage with actor Abhishek Bachchan and her equation with the comeback of the former queen bee Madhuri Dixit.
Aishwarya, the green-eyed beauty, is upbeat about Jodhaa-Akbar, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker of the Oscar-nominated Lagaan (starring Aamir Khan) and Swades (starring Shah Rukh Khan) fame. Jodhaa-Akbar is a period film based on the lives of the Mughal emperor (played by Hrithik Roshan) and his Rajput wife Jodhabai.
Aishwarya says essaying the character of Jodhabai is a “dream come true”. “The story is very interesting since it is about a love story between Akbar and his queen, despite their vast cultural and religious differences.”
“Jodhabai to me is a very strong woman,” Aishwarya says, adding she readily agreed to play the role after reading the script of the movie.
The model-turned-actress, who was in Delhi recently to promote a diamond jewellery brand, indicated viewers should not be fussy about the historical accuracy of Gowariker’s movie.
The director is not giving any lesson in history and the film is about two individuals discovering each other after being brought together by an inter-religion marriage, which was the key part in the alliance between the Mughals and the Rajputs, said Aishwarya who entered Bollywood in 1997 with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya.
Turning to her life after her marriage, Aishwarya said, “Abhishek is the real diamond in my life, who is the most lovable husband in the world.”
She is also effusive about her in-laws — Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan — describing them as “the radiance of the diamond called Abhishek.”
Asked if she saw any competition from the dancing diva Madhuri Dixit who made a return to Bollywood with her recent movie Aaja Nachle, Aishwarya answered in the negative.
“I do not have any fear from Madhuri Dixit and want to wish her all success,” said Aishwarya who acted with Madhuri in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas.
“If you have watched Devdas, then all answers lie there. We had shared a very good rapport while working in that film,” she said adding that given an opportunity she would work with Madhuri again if the script is interesting.
Aishwarya, whose first Hollywood venture The Last Legion is expected to be released early next year, denied any plan to move to Hollywood.
“I’m not shifting my base anywhere and am very much in Bollywood. I’m here to stay,” she said.