She may be playing a ‘heroine’ in the namesake film and hence would be pretty much looking forward to merging her real and reel life together. However, even Aishwarya Rai understands that it isn’t going to be one of those affairs where she would be having all fun and play during the time that she spends on the sets. With the film carrying an intense dramatic appeal, she is already getting into a frame of mind and preparing herself for the gruelling times ahead.
“Heroine is an entertainer for sure but to get it right for the audience, there are numerous intense sequences in the film. Some of these are so shocking that even Ash, who has been in the industry for close to a decade and a half, was left with eyes wide open. She had heard such stories before but when Madhur Bhandarkar narrated them to her and also added that such sequences would be an integral part of the film, Ash knew that this would be perhaps the most challenging role ever of her career”, informs a senior member from the film’s writing team.
Ash had all the right reasons to believe that things won’t really get lost in translation as they move from the written word to the visuals.
“Madhur is quite a taskmaster and has always made his ‘heroines’ do something totally different from what they have done in the past, regardless of the reputation that they may have gained from their earlier work”, the source adds, “Whether it is Tabu (Chandni Bar), Priyanka Chopra & Kangna (Fashion), Bipasha Basu (Corporate), Konkona Sen (Page 3) or Raveena Tandon (Satta), each of these women have not just delivered one of their best performances ever in his films but have also added quite a few awards in their kitty. There is no reason why Ash won’t be thinking of achieving the same.”
Ash deliberated for quite a while before she consented to play the central protagonist in Heroine. In fact after doing five films in 2010 (Raavan – Hindi, Raavan – Tamil, Endhiran/Robot (dubbed), Action Replayy and Guzaarish), she chose to lie low for quite some time before. Heroine too was on her radar for quite some time and it was only early this year when she started getting serious about doing the film. This despite the fact that she pretty much knows it won’t be easy shooting for the film.
“It would be after 8-9 months that Ash would be facing the camera”, a source adds, “She took a break as she wanted to make her choice very carefully. At that stage of her career where she can leave more roles than the ones she chooses to pick, 37 year old Ash gave her nod of approval to Heroine as she thought that the time was ripe for her to take further risks. She can’t be seen in frivolous cinema at all.”
On being contacted, Madhur refused to talk about Ash’s role and the film’s plot. He says, “It is all too early. All I can say is that we begin shooting in first week of June. When Heroine gets closer to release, we will reveal more on what the film is all about.”