The Ash season has started in right earnest. After Umrao Jaan and Dhoom last year , it's Mani Rathnam's Guru. "I've Provoked and The Last Legion coming up one after another early this year. So between now and March I've four more releases. Is that too much of me?" she laughs musically, undeterred by the tepid response to Umrao Jaan.
"It was a great role, and working with J.P. Dutta was truly a joy. According me the film was everything it was meant to beIn Umrao one didn't get to see the same me as Devdas or Taal. Again in Dhoom 2, Guru and Provoked audiences will get to see me playing distinct characters."
The reluctant queen of controversies has said yes to two new films in 2007. One is Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar 2 and the other is a film to be produced by Karan Johar and directed his assistant Tarun Mansukhani. Both will pair her with Abhishek Bachchan again
"There're other projects that I'm on the verge of signing this year. Very interesting scripts that I'll most probably say yes to. But at the moment I'm having the time of my life shooting for Jodha-Akbar. Ashutosh Gawariker is not just a meticulous director but also a very sweet and sincere human being."
According to Gulzar Saab who wrote the lyrics , Aishwarya has never looked more beautiful than she does in Guru. "That's so sweet. It's a very simple middleclass look. In Guru I got to work with my guru again. If you remember I started my career with Mani Rathnam in Iruvar. Now after ten years we're back together again. Guru has been a very very special experience."
|I was working with Abhishek's first director in Umrao Jaan (J.P.Dutta) and he was working with Mani Sir in Guru who's my first director.|
Ash goes into a flashback. "JP was among the filmmakers who had called, asking to launch meAs luck would have it I was launched by Rahul Rawail in Aur..Pyar Ho Gaya. And never mind if it didn't do well. We had a blast making that film. I remember Mr Subhash Ghai saying that the best thing to have happened to the beginning of my career was Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya because thereafter there was only one way to go. Everyone needs to go through the grind."
|I remember Mr Subhash Ghai saying that the best thing to have happened to the beginning of my career was Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya because thereafter there was only one way to go.|
|Look at the amount of attention we've paid to the costumes in Dhoom 2. Would you call that a costume drama?|