(2008) Rajeev Masand Interview
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is difficult to pin down for an interview; but is always in the news for one reason or another. Here she is, in an interview with entertainment editor of CNN-IBN, Rajeev Masand.
Rajeev Masand: How would you describe the last one year? Approximately this time, last year, Guru had just released and it gave good reviews to the box office and your engagement was announced soon after and there was this world wind of the marriage, lots of travelling, and getting to know the family.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: It is a very special time. I will cherish 2007 for multiple reasons, more obviously so because Abhishek and I got married and I am very thankful to god. I feel blessed. It is beautiful and super special.
Rajeev Masand: Its been more than a year since your last Hindi film was released and hence you can understand the excitement around your next release, which is Jodha Akbar, which is just a few weeks away from release. What was it about the story that drew you, when it was first offered to you?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: I think it was the same intrigue and curiosity which you would have. The very obvious reason that this is a love story, which is untold. It has not been documented or registered or recorded. And it was so wonderful of Ashutosh that he was telling a story of a boy and a girl or be it an emperor and a princess in such a simple way. At the end of the day, in that era and time, they came together. Although it purely looked like a political move and alliance, it was, however, a most beautiful relationship of a marriage.
Rajeev Masand: Was it a very physically exhausting film to make? Apart from being a love story, there is a fair amount of action that you are doing in it. Did the training in Last Legion help?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Yes. However, due to the time constraint during Last Legion, I was unable to join them weeks in advance for heavy training. But the fight masters there pointed out that because I had dancing in my training background and if enjoyed it so much, that it was easy for me to take to the choreography of action and I seemed to enjoy that as much. I love action and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I wish Ashutosh gave me more opportunity for sword fighting. But we had to remain true to the script. I confess I love action.
Rajeev Masand: You just completed Sarkar Raj with your husband and father-in-law. Having seen Sarkar, and knowing Gopal verma, everyone is sure that it will be an interesting story. How do you sift through so many offers?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Ram Gopal Verma is very fascinating and has a fantastic mind and you have to credit the guy for giving his audience a lot of variety over the years. He brought that with such fervour and we as an audience enjoyed it. He as a director is ready to go with his film tomorrow and somehow I never had tomorrow at hand. We never made it with the dates but I am glad I did make it this time and I enjoyed working with him. I enjoyed Sarkar as an audience and I thoroughly love the movie and I am sure you will back me on that. It was thus an easy yes and a very easy yes to be with the family. However, when the camera rolls, we are professionals delivering what the director needs and call a cut and we are family again. That’s the way it has been and it is always incredible working with the powerhouse of talent. And I am not biased here.