(2008) I wanted to work with Rajnikanth

Aishwarya Rai wants to work with Rajani Kanth. The much sought after Aishwarya Rai, who has been turning down movies for more than just lack of time, says she refused Karan Johar’s comedy Dostana because the quirky situations mentioned in the script wouldn’t have worked.

Karan wanted to cast her with Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. He has now roped in Priyanka Chopra for the female lead.

When asked why she accepted superstar Rajnikanth starrer Robot, Aishwarya said: “I want to work with Rajni sir, yaar. He is phenomenal. Everyone speaks of this experience. I’ll actually go through the experience. It’s very important for me to come away with something from my films since I give so much.”

The film is directed by Shankar, who gave Aishwarya her first break in Jeans.

Excerpts from an interview:

First things first. Did you turn down Karan Johar’s Dostana?
Yes, I opted out of Dostana because the inter-personal relationships among the three of us made me uncomfortable. Now that Abhishek and I are married, the kind of quirky situations shown in Dostana, albeit in a comic vein, wouldn’t have worked.”

Is that why you said yes to Robot?
This time for Robot it was an immediate yes from me. I just wanted to work with Rajni sir and Shankar. My Jeans with Shankar was a super success. I learnt so much from Jeans and Shankar. Robot too will be a learning experience.

Is it a sci-fi film?
It is hard to define. But technically it will take cinema to another level. I can only say I’ll come away enriched. It’s very important for me to come away with something from my films since I give so much. I want to work with Rajni sir, yaar. He’s phenomenal. Everyone speaks of this experience. I’ll actually go through the experience.

Well you have a seasoned phenomenon (Amitabh Bachchan) in your own house.
Yes, but I share a different equation with the one in my house. They’re both institutions. And I’m blessed to work with both. When I look back at all the leading men, directors and technicians I’ve worked with I feel totally blessed. It’s a good place to be in.

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